Marking its genesis in the year 2013 when Maskiri,Stunner and Munetsi were the most played artists amongst radio stations hiphop wise,the School of Hip Hop was a source of hope for every hip hop artist to gain airplay. After two and a half years of promoting Zimbabwean hip hop with an hour of play within a broader radio medium,the School of Hip Hop show principled by the Mariachi Code is now a thing of the past.Starting out in the years when radio was most dominated by loud Zim dancehall and Urban Grooves genred tracks the show managed to close that hollow gap, catering for the hip hop’s heads thirst with its top ten and random plays of Zim hip hop tracks that did much to put Zimbabwean hip hop on the airplay map.
But within such a confinement of celebrating hip hop with a show that garnered a favorable mass of listeners and gave hip hop a sense of seriousness the show faced a whole lot of criticisms from the artists and the listeners starting off from their criteria on who got airplay(did you have to buy Mariachi a pint of beer every time you see him?wash his clothes?give him girls to twerk for him maybe),from being Rehab generated(too much overplay for Schingy,Boneman,Marques) and from extorting artists of their rands and dollars so as to get airplay(yes Chris the librarian we know).Whatever the criteria used was, we can never argue the impact that the show had for the hip hop movement and a stride it took for Zimbabwean rap to be considered of radio worth.The show introduced me to acts such as Kidd Aktive,Savage,Icy Murda and a whole other new class of cats who I would have never taken heed of, who managed to get airplay within the years when the show was rising.Although criticized for being a Rehab camp in its start off days we can not also run away from the fact that in those days Rehab signed artists were CLEARLY making a lead in mainstream music,music that could actually count as radioworthy in standards of mastering and mass appeal whilst some were still suffering from ringtone beats produced songs.
The halt of the show has been met with various concerns and mockeries from other rappers.Controversial Noble pinpointed on his Facebook page that there were rappers who only received airplay on that show therefore making their careers hinge on broken glass since the show that made them heard is no more. Marondera born Amiz concurred that he had been asked to pay a bribe fee to the librarian to get airplay which he quickly refused to.Dylan formerly known as ‘Didzavelli’ Danda purported that the show was merely a sham and didn’t represent well the ideology it was supposed to embrace.Whether these artists are simply speaking out of truth or basing their views on not getting airplay, School of Hip Hop failed to fully incorporate various rap sounds all over Zimbabwe and most of the times it simply failed to be an earpiece for the talented yet unnoticed artists and if the ‘pay to get airplay’ scandal is true then Mariachi again failed to act fair to a genre that birthed his worth and gave him standing in musical terms.I do not know the criteria he used for the years the show graced our radios but salute to Mariachi,anyways, for building a brand and leaving his footprints as we march on to demystifying hip hop not just a genre yemasalad dressed in Tunechi clothing but a musical culture that has so much more to offer.He might have been myopic on other artists but for those he gave a voice on radio, he did it to his best of capabilities.
Last question is,what now?Like Noble questioned, what happens to the artists that were only breastfed on Mariachi’s show and remained ghosts to other radio play slots?Do they wait on Dj Elroy slotted on a new hip hop show or simply disappear into thin air like Hakeem’s two minutes fame?Either way,they have to wake up and simply be good enough to garner for radio worth:not any easy thing to do in an industry that is calculated to produce more than 40 tracks a day in Harare only.Artists should take the initiative also to push their music through streaming their music on Soundcloud and Reverbnation.We can not keep waiting for radio stations to play our music when we can use other means to be heard.It will take time to be taken as a brand worthy of listeners ears on radio but hip hop within Zimbabwean borders is taking giant steps and surely will get there.School of Hip Hop:gone but never forgotten,we march on.
The new generation of hip hop worldwide has seen the growth of female emcees taking over,even going against their male counterparts in terms of album sales and hype.That cant be said,however sadly,in the Zimbabwean context considering that hip hop is yet to nurture one of its feminine elements-its female rappers.There are a few of them really with notable names being South African based Icy Murda,the Ndikoko hitmaker Trae Yung,new and upcoming BlackPerl,Blackbird,the on and off Dice and the deejay cum emcee Naida.The rest of the female emcees are busy committing hip hop crimes and slaving themselves to getting only chorus and ‘i can twerk’ mediocre verses on songs that don’t even garner for airplay sometimes.Female emcees in Zimbabwe are still yet to be taken seriously and forever remain just a myth to the average hip hop head and yet are to show their feminine worth behind a mic.But it will take time,if they see themselves only as chorus rappers with no self standing without a male emcee in front of them.Even in the Biggie times,Lil Kim grew as a solo emcee still being termed ‘Biggies toy’ in the beginning but she managed to unshackle herself from that and continued to flourish even after his death.Back to mother earth,the truth is there is much to be done in terms of performances,being marketed,getting out albums and creating an image by our female rappers if they want to stand ground and show their male counterparts that they are a force yet to be reckoned with.As a female trying to make a mark also in the hip hop circles I have compiled a MIMY 5 A-B-C-D-E guide that could help female rappers old and new to gain ground in the rap circles distinctively and these are…
Align yourself with a good management team that markets you and pushes you harder.
It is always hard starting up as an emcee but it is harder enough starting off as a female rapper.Your raplines are undermined.Your voice pitch is questioned and in most instances you are only called up to do a sexy chorus only 6 lines worth of time.Talking from experience,this is quite demeaning considering that there are quite a number of female emcees out there who can spit fire but they are only getting small chorus verses.In avoidance of such sticky situations that are likely to discourage you,make sure that you at least make a demo and find a proper stable that can help you work and manage and market you as a brand.I think Trae Yung has managed to do that with ease and the fruits of that are really showing off.You are taken more seriously and you have people who want to see the best in you.Do not limit your capabilities to just a shady $2 recording booth.Dream big,aim for better.Grind like a man.
Be confident enough to own the stage.Never let the stage own you.
Hip hop shows and concerts are not only about seeing your artist on stage but seeing also how your favorite artist owns a crowd and takes center stage .Fans notice when an emcee isn’t confident enough in their work and this quickly kills off a show’s mood.Not so long ago,I watched a female emcee performing and later on her male emcee counterpart came to join her on the stage.She looked clueless from her dressing,to the way she handled the mic to the way she badly lip sung to her own track.The crowd tried to bear with her with hands folded not until the male emcee came through with so much energy and a good execution of crowd play did we start jumping up and down.It wasn’t even about the sexist card but most female emcees are yet to learn and to polish their performance skills.You can never separate being a good emcee and knowing how to perform.
Create an image for yourself.Dont be ordinary.
We live in a dollarised country where looking good is too expensive to pull but creating an image for yourself is a key element for a rapper,especially a female rapper.Missy Elliot had a tomboy image .Lauryn Hill had a 90s look and dreadlocks.Creating an image basically means creating a rap ego that your fans are quick to embrace you with.Do not be ordinary especially when it comes to performances .Don’t come out on stage wearing an oversized dress with six year old torn and sewn again pumps.You might argue that talent and skill is all that matters but so does first impressions especially when it comes to musical influences.
Desist from just featuring but put out solo projects to build your musical career.
It is quite necessary to start off doing features for other artists,making a name and building contacts with other artists in the industry but it comes an issue if all you do for more than three years is feature,feature and feature more.Sounds more like an exaggeration but it is true.There are female rappers who have been rapping since gore riye renzara but still they have no solo tracks or mix-tapes and albums to their name.They are plain shadows,only playing in the background of their male counterparts.Its important to build yourself first but there is also the need to break out of that comfort zone and learn to build a rap career and to get noticed as artists not back up singers.
Encourage yourself to stand solo.Period!
I know it’s a trend that’s not new and that wont be erased any time soon-that one of writing rap verses for female rappers.I’m not judging at all,even other male rappers are getting their verses written for them.If the female emcee isn’t able to write her lines, I’m sure her male counterparts or the stable can help her get away with murder but in most instances they can’t get away with murder :it kills her ownership to that song.She isn’t familiar with the idea of the rap bars-they didn’t stem out from her so they lose a sense of originality and usually blurs up her performances making her a shadow on stage.Its not originally her idea so when she performs these tracks she is basically an ordinary person karaokeing to other people’s ideas and we, the fans are quick to notice.Generally writing is an inborn trait but it can be tutored,that means writing verses everyday and practicing,making silly bars and correcting them to be better.We learn by trying and trying even harder.The thing ladies,is we can’t keep on being backed by men all our lives.We have to take a stand all by ourselves,taste the waters,be swallowed by Jonah’s whales,be spit off but be courageous enough to stand solo.Its not going to be smooth because the streets were meant for men , and for us,the sidewalks but let us change the way the game is run.I am not saying partake on this journey all alone but be sure to get advice from your fellow counterparts and lose the dependency syndrome you have been pulling all these decades .Get your mixtapes out,push your tracks for radio. Perform fiercely with so much hype.Build yourself an image.Learn to cypher your art through writing for yourself.Be original.Believe me,the gender card doesn’t work in the hip hop industry.These male cats will feast on you and not feel any remorse at all. Female emcees,WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE!
From the King Pin era to the Munetsi reign to the Syn City days to the days when we persecuted Stunner for being too urban groovy to be classified a rapper to the new class of trap and noisy emcees, hip hop in Zimbabwe has indeed brewed and matured into an admirable force yet to impress the world.The movement has changed and its only those who have an aggressive mass of talent that have managed to set the the bar and those hungry enough to growl who have raised the bar to further milestones.Truth of the matter is,the beauty of hip hop within Zimbabwean borders has always faced an ugly pimple of being too westernized and lacking an original Zimbabwean feel although some have obviously argued with the idea of unwesternising the sound since it is already a borrowed vessel.But Chitungwiza bred emcee, Sharky whose admirable talent should be a cause for alarm to every rookie emcee and the giants before him, has created a distinct hip hop sound that is youthful in nature but still remains true to its roots.He is young and fiercely hungry and what separates him from the new emcees is that his fans can relate to him:just a young man coming out of the dusty streets of Chitungwiza and being focused enough to better himself with each coming year.Any person can relate to growing up without a father figure(Soko Matemai) and anyone can relate to the situational crisis Zimbabwe is facing in confines of selfish leaders and corruption(Izvo Ka).It’s clear that Sharky has demystified himself from being not just a mediocre studio rapper only out to chance a few pennies and a little endearing stardom ye muraini but he is out to win and to come out as the best next act to be baked out of Zimbabwe.For a rather averagely heighted person his persona is big,big enough to get a crowd jumping up and down screaming his A.K.A with so much vibrant energy.
To be frank,I only got to appreciate this 21 year old rap genius few months back after years of classifying him as a mere chancer.Yes,you read correct.Just a mere chancer and I’m sure there are still others out there who think his act is a mere facade and minutes away from fading.I first heard him feature on Big Shot’s Savage’s Ndere Mahara and I remember being impressed by his wit .When I asked around his age range quickly discouraged me into hyping him up quick.To me ,at that point he was just another class act rapping to get girls and to show off to his mates with a whatsapp audio.’He wont surpass 3 features and he will quickly disappear into thin air’, I had told other people who were quick to embrace his music.Chitungwiza, his feature on The Summer Is Ours ,an ode to his hometown was a lyrical barricade but I still thought he was taking an easy route to his hall of fame by heralding himself with a song literally based with where he grew up,”taking a Jay Z stand”I had called it.Manga Matii which came next produced by Ikonik Music’s Dj Krimz caught my attention with an electro sound beat backed up with his traditional congested chorus.It was his public statement,as if he knew months later people would really start taking him seriously. Not until I got Yohwe did I remove my doubting mask and realize that this young lad was going to be the next big thing if his talent was wavered in the right direction and with the right people of management.2015,Sharky has proved that he indeed is a new blueprint and bar setter to the hip hop scenario.You see,Sharky is admirably a dreamchaser and has managed to instill in himself the greatest hip hop tools any rookie emcee should copy down and paste up in their road to getting success.I have always had a problem with rap cats who don’t create an image to their artistry.For me that has always been like paying for a stripper with clothes on,plain BROAD DAY ROBBING.You can never separate being a hip hop artist with branding an image and you can never put being an artist and being ordinary in the same damn line.The most terrible sin new cats are prone to is staying ordinary and performing in an ordinary stance.Hip hop is a culture and in every culture there are trends to be enforced and that includes creating an image that other artists and the fans can relate to( like what Trae Yung has done).Sharky hasn’t disappointed in that area.He has managed to create two sets of egos:being Marshall, the ordinary young man and being Sharky the rising emcee fully beaded with an african attired ensemble that resemble his sound with an outstanding stage presence for a guy his age.
His most prominent single as yet has to be Gwags produced ‘Soko Matemai’,a unconceiding cry to his ancestors to grant him knowledge and the way to his life’s desires,a very odd thing to reference midzimu in this Christian age and within a genre such as rap but he owns his track leading his listeners into his life’s intimate yet uncomfortable situations like not making it to university due to financial constraints,growing up without a father figure and welling himself in alcohol to desensitize himself from the world’s pain .Sharky,at just 21 has managed to do what his seniors are still yet to achieve playing a part in the hip hop online show Zaangoma alongside Michael Mupotaringa and Tadiwa Chimbodza and also being the brand ambassador for Zim Son clothing.Just last year he had shows that he was backing up for Tehn Diamond.After the buzz that the Incredible mUnetsi had passed him the Chitungwiza torch,Sharky has shown an outstanding level of maturity musically,getting better with every track or task that is thrown at him.Lyrically his wit is above impressive with a wordplay that will surely make him stand amongst the best spitters Zimbabwe will ever produce in years to come.He knows how to own a crowd,he knows how to better a track from his previous ones and he knows the true artistry behind owning yourself as a brand,by not being just as an ordinary rapper but a fully fledged army of art.
My doubting Thomas days are over.If you are reading this, its definitely not too late to take a listen to this young emcee.All that is left now is for him to produce an album or mixtape that will prude him against other notable rap albums produced in this decade.Sharky has mastered his image and his sound.He has also learnt fully to interact with his fan base whether during a live performance or on social networks,taking feedback and comments that have inclined him to better his art .Whether he remains a ticking phase yet to be inflated for some,Sharky is a new act to take heed off and a bar setter for the year 2015.As he continues to grow and perfect himself as an artist, I would like to reference him as Zim ‘hip hop’s new blueprint’:HIP HOP’S GUIDE/PLAN ON HOW THINGS ARE SUPPOSED TO BE DONE.
…and why she is 50 shades of KILL
Hip hop from its distinct roots has always been a male dominated culture with a few females who found their way into the movement being termed ruffnecks. From its growth till now women are still yet to stand out against their male rap counterparts in terms of flows and style.My brother always said that the easiest job in the world was being a female rapper:all you needed was a dope beat and to go naked on the videos.But i still feel that is not true.Female rappers more than anyone have to put in twice as much hard work to stand out.This can be noted in the feisty 22 year old Icy Murda who came first last year on Prometheus Zim Rap Cities.She is gangsta,she knows what she wants and she wont stop until she gets straight to the top.Born in the city of Kings and Queens ,Icy Murda is definitely one queen to watch.Very humbe and goal driven Icy Murda has put out a great number of works ,the recent one being’ Put it on repeat’ featuring the young rising emcee Baller Mandizha.The song has been receiving vast airplay on the radio stations therefore putting her on the Zimbabwe hip hop map as an undeniable force to reckon with.She might be new but she is definitely one act to watch for the year 2015.I caught up with her to discuss her career as of late,music in S.A and her future projects for the year 2015.
MIMY:Why Icy Murda?What was the inspiration behind your stage name and where are you originally from ?
ICY MURDA:Well Icy(cold)Murda(derived from murder) came about funny actually.I was a participant in the school of Arts Club where people would randomly showcase their talents.When ever I was about to drop something,my click would be like ‘Its about to be cold blooded murder on the beat yall’ and hence somebody yelled out ‘Icy Murda.Thats how i got the a.ka.I was born in Bulawayo and only moved to S.A six years ago.
MIMY: When did you realize you weren’t just an ordinary girl and you wanted to rap?
ICY MURDA:When I was 8-10 years of age.I was into poetry inspired hip hop, mainly because my brothers listened to it and I also did.
MIMY:How do you describe your musical style?
ICY MURDA:Well,conscious rap,though I’m feeling like I should break out of the cocoon and blossom into mainstream touch to it.
MIMY:Where do you stem your biggest musical influences from?
ICY MURDA:Well that would be Nas especially the STILLMATIC album and BIG tracks like Juicy.Mainly its old skool rap for me because back then that was music and it was hard core.As for femcees I’d say Foxxy Brown,Lil Kim and Da Brat.
MIMY:Me being judgemental,It has always seemed that any girl with an attitude thinks they can produce magic on the mic.What defines you as a female rapper and what sets you apart from other Zimbabwean female emcees?
ICY MURDA:Well,what distinguishes me from everybody else ,I feel is the gangsta in me.I like to keep that ‘lets take it to the streets feel’.I appreciate the ghetto because that’s what made me and I have no regret whatsoever of who I have become.Instead of picturing the colour of my music as feminine pink,I see it as black if it could be a painting.
MIMY: Do you think female emcees are being slept on or they are sleeping on the game ?
ICY MURDA: I have nothing but respect no doubt for every female rapper around.I would like rather for us to be able to create an atmosphere whereby we support each other and only by that we can be something big and better and a force to reckon with.
MIMY: Judging from being one of the upcoming femcees who do you feel is queen of the mic at the moment?
ICY MURDA:I cant really tell because I’m not one of the spectators. I’m a ‘doer’ hence rather let those that pay attention to hip hop speak for themselves.
MIMY:You are now based in S.A .How has the change influenced your career?
ICY MURDA: Being in SA, my career has been boosted spiritually,mentally and even physically,simply meaning I have a hip hop surrounding that’s extremely influential.And that kind of phenomenon gives you courage as an upcoming artist.And physically,lets just umbrella term it to me discovering the ‘Icy Murda’ image,just like my name it’s not entirely supposed to be feminine.Being here also has allowed me to have freedom of expression ,the right to be me.
MIMY: Your name represents an emcee who is out to kill.Being a Zimbabwean female rapper do you feel there is yet any competition for you?
ICY MURDA: Yes I’m out to kill but competition is not really what I would focus on for now,what I’m looking forward to is being heard. Competition is about who has so much swag or whose got money to push themselves etc nah.See I’m doing this for me and those that respect Hip Hop like I do.The legacy lives on through me and I’m out to pursue my dream and kill any form of obstacles that want to derail me from my personal goals.
MIMY: Who are some of the artists you have collaborated and worked with in your career?
ICY MURDA: I’ve worked with S.A rappers that include Doliket,Logic,Tina,Pizzi,Effie,Modise.Zimbabwe based rappers include Baller (Dollarsign Music),Treby,Chase tha Beast and finally people from my crew G.P.M.G(Get Paper Music Group)established by Thuso,Bhuda Bles,Flex and Jah.
MIMY: Any projects we might expect from you this year?
ICY MURDA: Well an album in the making for now I merely have singles getting air play.
MIMY:What are your distinct high and low moments you have encountered as a female rapper?
ICY MURDA: My most low till now is when I approached a manager once intending to organise a show then it turned out he was seemingly flirty.I felt like being a woman is partially a curse at times especially in this industry.However things like that are meant to help you get aware of how challenging it is to be a female rapper.My high moment is every time I’m on stage,killing it like my name states.
MIMY:As of now do you feel like other male rappers have accepted you as an emcee or there is still that level of lowering you because you are female?
ICY MURDA:I think they have embraced me and when it comes to being lowered, not even.In fact you would find out that most artists I’ve worked with and fellow rappers I interact with are male.Respect is a two-way thing.
You can follow her @IcyFRE on twitter.If you haven’t heard her new track Put it On Repeat produced by Tasha Mwana Wa Mai you can check it out here on this link.Beefy,I think I just copped you a female rapper nominee here.
Noble Stylz talks new joint album with QOUNFUSED,his self proclaimed kingship to the rap crown and seeing no competition as yet .
If you have managed to listen to his tracks or seen him perform then you know Noble is a hungry emcee whose only competition seems only to be the man in the mirror. Described by some as corky, Noble is one lyrical fin with the most outrageous Shona wordplay, my personal favourite being one of the lines he spit on his Nyanzvi track (Masofa Panze 2).The line goes as follows “Hanzi ndichabuda asi handisi kubuda se album ra Jnr Brown”.Whether he was throwing shots at the ‘Northern Samora’ rapper or he was simply flexing his rap muscles,Noble is controversial and he knows it and that won’t stop him from saying what needs to be said even if it sparks debate. I met up with this giant rapper and this is what we discussed.
MIMY: Who is Noble really? Which hole did he come out from?
NOBLE: Well, Noble Stylz is a Masvingo bred and Harare based rapper birth named Prince Butawu. I commenced rap when I was 11 and at 13 my brother who was a battle rapper introduced me to battle circles so I grew up a battle emcee. I never thought I would record tracks, I just loved being part of rap in its truest essence and that’s the battle.
MIMY: When was the genesis of your music path and career? When did you know you really wanted to pursue rapping?
NOBLE: That was after my high school. I started recording and one thing led to another. I shuffled staying between cities and at one time moved to S.A and started recording but eventually I came back and settled in Harare in 2013.In the two years I have been here I have dropped Masofa Panze 1 and 2 to great success.
MIMY: 2015 has seen a new dimension of rap diversities and a new flood of vernacular emcees joining the movement. What’s your take on the new cats on the block ?
NOBLE: Ok, personally I feel we got a few good vernacular rappers and a lot of dudes are just tryna put punch lines together into a meaningless verse that’s the reason why you find that most of them can’t make albums because It takes a certain amount of skill to bring out 12-16 compact songs of different concepts and style so I never take any rapper seriously until they make an album. Songs are target practise. The game starts when you drop an album or mix tape.
MIMY: Do you feel there is any competition for you at this moment?
NOBLE: About competition, all I can say is in the last 24 months I got the hottest catalogue by a vernacular emcee and it’s not even a close call. Until dudes start making mix tapes and albums I won’t be paying attention to competition.
MIMY: You’ve been described by some artists as one of the corkiest rappers of this decade. Has battle rap made you this controversial?
NOBLE: Corky? (Laughs)I am not corky; I just say it as it is. I don’t sugar coat my words. Battle rap played its part in moulding that thick skin but I am very humble if you ask those around me. I however switch to offence the very second I feel disrespected.
MIMY: What separates you from the average vernacular emcees in the game right now?
NOBLE: My main strength has to be my mindset. Everything I want to do, I do it and I get desired results. I am hard wired like that. I don’t doubt my capabilities even for a second. I am not about odds, I fight and win. Looking back who would have thought that one guy would take on a group like MMT(three members) at their peak and walk away unscratched but we are past that phase now. We are rebuilding battles as part of the game, no hard feelings.
MIMY: Is Zimbabwean hip hop evolving? What’s your take on the state of the hip hop movement now?
NOBLE: I feel Zimbabwean hip hop is growing and could grow faster if rappers start being rappers and have that rapper aggression in everything they do. Right now a lot of guys are waiting for something to happen and trust me nothing happens until you make it happen. Tehn Diamond is making it.Trae Yung is pushing it through. They are so visible. If we have more of that aggression in more rappers, the culture and art would grow faster. Guys are just too soft for the game.
MIMY: What have you got in store for the year 2015? Any projects or features we can expect?
NOBLE: I am dropping a duet album with Qounfused called Kufunga Kushanda and also a mixtape titled Better Than Your Album then Masofa Panze Queen BlacPerl drops Masofa Panze 3.I think she will be the biggest new act this year.
MIMY: You know, at mcpotar.com,we are as provocative as they come. We love a lil bit of controversy here and there so I want you to confirm this to all, are you the ‘King of vernacular rap or nah?
NOBLE: Bar for bar. Track for track. Album for album. I AM the KING of vernacular rap.
MIMY: For someone who came up in the rap circles when the incredible mUnetsi was still dominant in vernacular rap and battle rap don’t you think calling yourself the ‘king of vernacular rap’ is rap blasphemy and breaking of the first rap commandment ‘thou shall not uproot the king’?
NOBLE:I didn’t come up in the mUnetsi era actually.mUnetsi’s era has the Outspoken,Maskiri and Begotten Sun and all of those kings I see as custodians of the game. These are the guys who paved way the same way I will pave for the next generation and like any race you pass the baton. I always pay homage to those who came before and it is through their blessings I boldly declare whatever I declare. Rakim came. Nas came. Kendrick came. That’s how it goes; right now I am the one holding vernacular rap. I am running my stretch and when it’s time to pass the baton I will bless the next king and let him do his thing.
MIMY: Any last words you might want to add on?
NOBLE: I just wanna say BIG UP to every emcee putting in work, we march on. Shout out to my team Masofa Panze,Tmg Records and Ikonik Muzik.
Feel free to comment on the interview and Noble’s self proclaimed kingship to the vernacular rap crown. Be sure to get your copies of Masofa Panze 1 and 2 if you haven’t.
You can always count on Zimbabwean hip hop to ignite a flame that will keep heads talking for a minute. It’s highly inevitable to separate hip hop from the ironies of hate, diss and going against popular opinion. Just last year there was a hip hop over the dissing of beads and those who wore beads which was met with distaste with other rap artists like Taz Da Prince (Beads feat Sharky) throwing shade at this hype.2015 is a new stage altogether with diverse new voices taking a stride in the Zim hip hop movement.
Mc Trake, government named Tatenda Macmillian Chirairo could be a mission statement for the year 2015.Featured on his new track entitled “Futi Futi” are Kidd Aktive, Baller the rising vernac emcee and Prout with a great ensemble of production from The Hitmen.The track is filled with catchy lines dropped, almost not trying to cover up their main targets for the track. The track opens up with a satirical reply supposedly to the track Hamuko from Team Bho.
“Kuno…uko ha, tiriko”
Mc Trake spits out a few lines that seem to allude to one of the emcees who started the ‘hatipfeke ma beads hype’ with cheesy bars like
“Honai nhasi makudai
A+ pakushingirira makutozviti ana Shingy…’’
Baller also throws shots with his opening line
“Ndopfeka ma beads aya kusvika magodoka”
Mc Trake denies any intentions to ignite beef with any emcee or clique but makes it clear that this was a track that was supposed to make a few things clear pertaining to unnecessary hip hop hype quoted in his words ‘no beef exactly,kungobudirana pachena’.
He is set to release an E.P in September this year with future productions by The Hitmen.To get the track here is the direct link for download. Feel free to comment and share your views on the track
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