We recently attended Anatii’s listening session for his brand new traditional album, IYEZA. The event venue was packed to the rafters with plenty of fans, friends and family, anticipating the artist’s sophomore release. We got to hear the entire album first hand and you will not believe how many encore’s the body of work had.
We asked him why this was a surprise album as the announcement that he is working on something came this week. “This is my second solo album, I felt like people really needed to experience me, my vibes. You know, just relate to who I really am,” he says.
Anatii explains the title of the album and puts speculation to rest
He also broke down the name of name as it was a great contention among many of his fans. He explains:
“The title comes from people telling people something’s coming. For the longest time I was working on Electronic Bushman and that was really an amalgamation just different sounds and different influences. But I wanted something that was concise, cohesive and straight to the point and this album just came out of nowhere.
Anatii has no features on IYEZA and it makes sense why
Initially, the album began as an EP but sort of took on a life of it’s own. IYEZA is a 10 track offering which has received many great reviews with fans expressing that they have not seen or heard this side of Anatii yet. And it makes it beautiful that he did not have any features which means that this is authentically Anatii. No dilution.
“The reason behind no features was because I wanted people to hear me for who I am. A lot of the times,the message gets diluted, maybe confused. A lot of people don’t know who Anatii really is and with this album, you’ll understand who I really am.”
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WATCH: HHP On His latest EP & Finding A Balance With His Music
HHP dropped his aptly named EP, Feels Good To Be Back about 2 weeks ago and the result was what we imagine has been missing in music for a young minute. The veteran rapper is working on his 10th studio album which is set to drop next year so in the mean time, he teased us with his 5 track EP.
The 5 tracks on the EP are all different sounds and feels that place HHP in a position where we have never heard him before. He describes it as an “experimental” side of himself and this is most def audible from the first track.
Almost the entire EP features up and coming producer, Hugo flash who did a splendid job in the sound and quality of the beats.
We sat down with him and he explained the concept behind the EP as well as how the project came about. He also spoke a little about how he met Hugo Flash who produced almost the entire EP.
“For me, the EP was a journey of like the different sonic sounds that we’ve been experiencing in South Africa from the time I started in 2009 as hip Hop Pantsula… I wanted to kind of like find a middle ground for the older generation Hip Hop lover to the new age as well.”
“I wanted to kinda show people that music isn’t so much about trend but just about relevance. You can always just find your way in anywhere. Because music is just different shades of colour and depending on how you put it together, that’s how you get your beautiful piece.”
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