I always find myself in a discussion about music where Zim Hip-hop is doubted for many reasons and my defenses go up because most of the assertions made will be inaccurate. I cannot blame those who may think Zim Hip-hop is wack but I can point them to the music which I think is dope.
My first assumption is always, “You are listening to the wrong artistes”. Now in this post I will make an effort to point you to new and old songs I think are adequate to reshape your perception on Hip-hop.
In this post I will make an effort to include different categories and sub-genres to allow you more choice. Note that dope artistes are everywhere and are not limited to the ones that I include in this post.
If you feel I left out a better artist than any I post here. You are probably right. Feel free to post their work in the comment of this post.
So here we go.
NDEBELE – RAP
You have probably heard of Cal_Vin, the Luveve boy. Years ago he did a track with Cassper Nyovest. However he is not the only Ndebele rapper.
Have you heard of Guluva 7. I particularly recommend a song titled Jackie Chen but he has more.
English Rap – (Secular/Hard Bars)
Meyniak – Immortality – Meyniak is a super-artist I am not shy to recommend. He articulates some of the best lyrical progressions filling his flow with does of logic, philosophy and reason. Occasionally he is somewhat dark in the case of The Werther Effect. Also sometimes didactic and sincere in the case of Past You. (You can find even more of his work on his soundcloud)
Shona Rap – (Hustle)
Tulk Munny – Wedzera Effort – This one features Ti Gonzi, Furnace and Mwana WaMai and it encourages people to put effort in whatever it is that they do. Each rapper ‘put effort” in their verse, highlighting their reality on the subject matter. I particularly like the Ti Gonzi verse because of the wordplay. Tulk Munny is a force as well. If you follow that link you will be a able to catch up with beautiful music.
Out of The Box Concepts
T.shoC – Mujaho
Well you may say, Tulk Munny and Meyniak are too much of the usual to you. That’s when I say okay, “Have you heard about T.shoC?”
I found this concept quite awesome.
While you are at it you could even look at Sharky and Ahsayn The Beat Maker’s – Mandipe
Some will say to me.
What about Christian Rap?
Well, so many greats in that niche too but will give you C Verb, a young talented female emcee. She is going places. I last wrote about her here.
Not to clutter you with too much music in a day. I never want to do that, but at least download some of the tracks I recommended then tell me if you still disagree that we have something going on in Zimbabwe.