"i luv dis collum bitche$!"
After a long plane ride home from Mexico
, the home of Taco Hip Hop* we are now descending on South Africa
, a country of farms, funny accents and a bloody and horrifying history. With the highest rate of murder and rape per capita, South Africa is still a pretty fucked up place, and kind of make American struggles look minor in comparison. OH KANYE, YOUR GIRLFRIEND DUMPED YOU, WATCH WHILE I CRY YOU A FUCKING RIVER.
*not a real term.
Welcome to South Africa!
Hip hop came to Cape Town
as early as the 1980s, but it was in Kwaito
where western beats were combined with African rhythms. South African hip hop can be roughly divided into two categories: 'How-Shit-Is-South-Africa" which generally comes from politically conscious rappers in Cape Town, and "You-Guys-South-Africa-Is-Pretty-OK" from more positive artists from Kwaito.
emerged in the mid-2000s, and mainly raps in Setswana. People think he's great. We like that he dances with his friends in slo-mo.
Here he is being a bit more chill.
DID SOMEONE SAY GOSPEL CHOIR??
a.k.a Kgotso Semela
a.k.a Oh Kaptin My Kaptin
is a political rapper with an annoying amount of names. The Soweto born musician is an underground rapper and producer, and started up crews Ground Works
and Audio Visual
. He performed at the 2007 Glastonbury
This song is sick.
"ISN'T THERE ANYBODY ON THIS PLANET THAT'S GOT BEATS?"
is not a massive fan of the government.
Prophets of Da City
are made up of eight members from Cape Town, and released their first album way back in 1990. They're like the old guys of South African rap, like Jay-Z
but with more reggae/less Beyonce
. They're also flipping awesome.
How A Tribe Called Quest
They've also travelled to a bunch of schools talking about how wack crack is. Cool.
has performed with P.Diddy
, but don't hold that against him. Polo shirts are still cool, FYI.
Pretty interesting beats, probably being stolen by Timbaland as we speak.
technically counts as hip hop, right? In a kind of rave-y/Zef/fucking weird way. Ninja actually fronted a few rap groups like The Constructs Corporation
and The Original Evergreens
previously, so that's kind of legitimate.