We can never run out of new and fresh talent because let’s be honest- the freshness is plenty. On this edition of underground artists, we feature a rap crew from Soweto, a dude who might a be an undercover superhero and an independent raper and producer from Mpumalanga.
Nkosinathi Pat Khoza also known as NPK Twice is a Mpumalanga-born rapper who recently released his debut EP titled I Got Tired Of Waiting. NPK is not only a rapper but also a producer and poet who is part of a production group called Havoc Gang. He has also had his poems published online. As if that is not enough, he also started his own record label called Syntex Inc with fellow producer Bongani Mkwanazi also known as Eezy Ay.
Taken from his EP, the song Long Way Home is a smooth and melodic tribute to the journey he has travaled and how far he is from where he calls home. The song hits home with its smooth melodic instrumental produced by Ant Man who also did work for royce 5’9,Eminem and many more rappers.
This song marks NPK Twice’s oath to make more soulful music that has a storytelling element to it. If you are tired of Trap music, then your ear to this track and be pleasantly surprised.
Catman is a male hip hop artist born in the late 80’s in Lephalale and currently based in Emalahleni. He started making music in 2003, he recorded and released a Motswako album in 2010. Catman just released 2 singles called New Walk and Ra E Shova (featuring Boypeza). Both singles are produced by Street Carnivore.
Ra E Shova is a song celebrating and embracing hustling and hardworking, the inspiration of the song came from today’s living where you are expected to use your mind and work for everything you want. The song is a reminder to the society to work for what they desire, Says Catman.
Take a listen to the song below!
IAN Life is a group of aspiring musicians based in a township called Protea Glen in Soweto. The group came about when three solo artists decided to come together to form something incredible, unbreakable and untouchable. The group was founded by Tsundukani Chauke aka Mace Treezy, Karabelo Mothibeli aka Slater Swift and Khamusi Mphephu aka Slim Kenny in June 2015.
IAN Life released a rap song titled Jays&Jeans in July which kind of gave the group a hype hence it was our introduction into this rap game. People received the song well and after that the group dropped Girls From Soweto, Gold Chain and On My Jeans and these were the singles from their upcoming mixtape titled The New Soweto.
These singles quickly became locals favourites buoyed by acid-rap influenced production, biblical allegory and lacerating lyricism. Those projects were by far the most lyrical body of work and made IAN Life members felt that they could conquer anything if they fussed their individual sounds to produce one sound.
During the festive season in 2015 IAN Life went on a 10 shows free tour performing in 10 shows in all Soweto’s finest places in association with Heineken which was called The New Soweto Tour.
Link up with the guys on Facebook.
Check out their music video for Soweto Girls below!
Kwaito Rapper Mgaga Releases His Debut Solo Single Titled All The Way
Mgaga goes all in with his Kwaito love song titled All The Way
Kwaito artists have always been making love songs; I guess there is nothing sexier than a thug expressing his love for you in Kasi lingo. Imagine Brown Dash’s Vum Vum or Trompies when they sang Sweety Lavo. These songs carried such a beatiful message. Today, talented Kwaito rapper, Mgaga, is keeping this tradition on by releasing his very own Kwaito love song titled All The Way. This one features August Child and Sizwe Magwaza.
At an early age Mgaga was moved from Alexandra township to Tembisa and then to Edenvale. Growing up with a heavy Hip Hop and Kwaito influence, Mgaga started writing rap songs and freestyle battling. He later discovered that he expresses himself best and relates to his audience in vernac utilizing the Kwaito flow.
He began his music career in 2014 as part of a group called PAQ performing in popular clubs around South Africa. Formally known as Radi-AK, Mgaga is now taking on the world as a solo act with authentic Kwaito music.
All The Way is Mgaga’s first solo single
All The Way is Mgaga’s first solo single after the re-branding from formally being called Radi-AK to going by Mgaga, a name he was popularly known by since before he pursued music professionally. The word “Mgaga” refers to an AK47 because the first letters of his birth name “Akhona” are “AK”, which is his childhood name.
All The Way is such a breath of fresh air in that it carried this concentrated essence of Kwaito music without trying too hard. Instead, Mgaga effortlessly flows on this Kwaito and House hybrid beat and he does the most. He raps about a woman he loves and how he wants to take their love and relationship the whole way. August Child and Sizwe Magwaza do the most on the hook certifying All The Way as a summer hit!
Link up with Mgaga on his social media, @the_mgaga, for more on the music.
Listen to All The Way below!