It has been a year and some change since we got introduced to Sipho the Gift although in reality, the Cape Town artist has been making music for longer than that. He dropped Asanda back then, a song addressing the “blesser” phenomenon from who he calls “the forgotten” guy. Asanda, a Trap rap song was witty and forced us to take notice of Sipho as a story teller and since then we have been hooked.
Sipho has been “bubbling under” for a young minute now and we can imagine what it takes to continue making music, even after coming so close to breaking through. Cape Town hip hop is beginning to pick up thanks to the relentless pursuit of artists who are determined to make sure that they get their story known- fame or not.
His latest body of work, Kintsugi is an 8 track effort that sees Sipho pulls through with a vengeance. Named for the ancient Japanese practice of repairing broken pottery with precious metals like gold or platinum, sophomore album Kintsugi sees socially conscious Cape Town rapper Sipho the Gift evolve both musically and philosophically.
Sipho produced and wrote all 8 tracks to illustrate his intense “journey through self discovery, through self-love, self-aware and eventually self mastery”. He enlists the talents of Cape Town based Yum Yuck (Pascil Righini) and Johannesburg based producer Oshoku (Karabo Diseko) who help to weave an artistic thread of inspired lyricism set against expertly sculpted music.
The production on this EP is elegant and effortless with a seamless transition from jazzy and melodic sounds in Blessed to trap rap in The Man for example. His music is thoughtful; both in a sense of being retrospective and self-aware but also not naive enough to believe that jazzy beats and intricate rhyming patterns are enough to peek interest with the new listener. He raps on trap beats and makes hooks which are catchy and memorable but also makes you think and connect with him and his struggles.
There is a growth to him as a rapper and producer and those not in the know will claim he sold out but in all honesty, this EP is not about the trap influenced beats but about how Sipho is coming into his own and how he is able to define himself and own his sound.
Kintsugi is wonderful; it is worth a listen fam. Cop it on iTunes and all major digital platform. Link up with Sipho on Facebook and Twitter for more updates on the music. Also peep the Soundcloud page.