A few weeks ago South Africa was taken aback when the much anticipated Black Panther The Album Music Inspired By album tracklist was announced. We were mostly excited that some of our own were featured on this iconic and legendary movie soundtrack alongside some of the most respected artists in the world. We exclusively listened to the joints our artists were featured and this is what we thought.
Saudi features on a track simply titled X; he held his own against renowned rappers ScHoolboy Q and 2 Chainz. He is a little underwhelming on this joint but he manages to bring his ATM swag that we have come accustomed to; the mellow and laid back flow.
Babes Wodumo features on a track with soulful vocalist, Zacari, and she murked her part on the Redemption track and shined like she always have. The joint is vibrant and has a RnB and dancehall inspired flavour to it. It was refreshing to hear Babes on a track which has no semblance of Gqom and she actually brought more than we expected.
Just when we thought we have heard it all, surprise surprise, Mampintsha is on this track as well. He does a few adlibs and to disappoint Black Twitter, he and Babes appear to be musically joined at the hip.
Seasons was another joint we peeped and we were so impressed with Sjava and how he set the pace for the entire song. He begins by introducing himself and in the classic Sjava fashion; he steals our hearts with his harmonies and injects some depth into this song. Not only does he lead the track but he dropped 2 verses on it. Yaaas!
The entire track is a solid effort which is not just emotive but also sees the rappers Mozzy and USA Reason lyrically paint us portraits of their realities.
Last but not least, Yugen Blakrok was a lady who until last week, few of us have heard of. It turns out she is a superb lyricist who has been in the underground SA Hip Hop scene for about a decade or so and her appearance on this album is not a coincidence. She is on a trip hop inspired track with Carlifornia native Vince Staples titled Oops and she absolutely brought cold bars and intelligent rhymes.
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