NF slowly but surely making his way up the Hip Hop ranks internationally.

In an era where Hip Hop music no longer carries a lot of substance in its lyrics spewed by artists, where only a handful of rappers are holding on to the title of real or true hip hop or better yet are keeping Hip Hop alive, those rappers I am talking about are the likes of Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Eminem, Joyner Lucas, Logic and now NF etc.

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NF is an American rapper who started rapping from an early age, he has released three albums to his name namely “Mansion” 2015, “Therapy Session” 2016, and “Perception” 2017, the latest project perception is what propelled him to the Hip Hop world.

NF’s albums carries a powerful message of self-discovery, dealing with fear, anxiety, depression, most of his songs are emotional and very relating to one struggles, one thing I like about NF is his unique approach to music, he is a sort of artists who doesn’t do a lot of interviews or speaks much, you can only hear what he is about in his music and or he doesn’t do a lot of features on his albums.

The rapper takes his music seriously to a point that you can hear his raw emotions in his lyrics and whoo!!! his delivery is something else, he sort of reminds me of the younger version of Eminem, not trying to compare him to Eminem though, NF has his own aggressive style and doesn’t even curse in his music, just like he says in his single “Green Lights” “Who you know droppin’ clean records, but they nasty?

I first heard of NF in 2016 when I was watching a Youtube video of Kendrick Lamar, under recommended videos and I decided to take a look at his music, the first song I listened to was “How could you leave us?” which it’s about his mom who died because of drug overdose, well that song did something to me that I’ve never experienced before when listening to a rap song, it left me emotional cause I related so much to his lyrics and you can also hear from his voice that recording that track was not an easy feat.

NF real music as he is affectionately known is here to stay, and I believe he is going to be in people’s lips for a long haul, his triple platinum selling single “Let you down”  from the gold selling album “Perception” (Gold is 50 0000 in America, in SA its 20 000, 3 million sold according to American standards, in South Africa a platinum track is 50 000 sold) was an eye opener that brought him a lot of new fans the video of Let you down was even in rotation in SA’s biggest music channel Channel O.

NF recently released a new single titled “Why” which immediately hit more than 1 million views in less than a day.

Watch the video here:

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16 Bars Challenge is back #KMM16

Attention to ALL rappers from anywhere in Africa, we are bringing you the latest contest known as the #KMM16 (Kasi Music Magazine 16 Bars Challenge) we are proud to announce that this year’s event is proudly brought to you by the Frunt Runnaz Movement.

The prize money for this year’s event will be R2000 in total that is an equivalent of US$150 the first prize will be R1000, the 2nd prize winner will receive R700 and the third prize winner will get R300 in prize money.

To enter:

  1. Download the beats provided below and CHOOSE ANY ONE of these beats
  2. Record Your Vocals on the beat and then do a video of yourself using the track, it doesn’t matter what you use for the video, it can be your cellphone or anything that you can use to record your video.
  3. Submit your video ONLY at this e-mail kasimusicmagazine@gmail.com the subject must be: KMM16 Bars Challenge when sending the video.
  4. We will then upload the video on our Youtube Channel and share it across our social platforms once, then the rest of the marketing for your video will remain solely upon you. You can share your link as many times as you want BUT DON’T FORGET TO WRITE THE HASHTAG #KMM16 when sharing your video with the link we would have provided to you.
  5. The video with the most views on our Youtube channel will be the winner.

Winners will be announced on the 30th of June 2017. Please make sure when you send us the video you include your social network links so that we might tag you once we’ve uploaded your video.

Here are the Beats:

Beat 1

Beat 2

Beat 3

Beat 4

Beat 5

Good Luck to every participant, if you have questions feel free to interact with Max on whatsapp 072 272 1595 or on our Facebook page Kasi Music Magazine.

Profile: Zimbabwean rapper Shonaman

 

The Zimbabwean born rapper known as Shona man hails from Gutu, Zimbabwe now residing in South Africa since 2012. Clearly a talented minister, his first music video was nominated for best music video of the year by LIMHOP awards in 2015, while in secondary school Shona man began his music career by doing cyphers during class breaks with fellow high schoolmates which led to the development of his stage name Shonaman since he was in South Africa and rapping in Shona.

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He cites his main influencers in hip-hop are artists like Eminem, Lil’ Wayne, Frank Edwards. He honed his skills as a rapper by getting invitations in different events area his area in Limpopo, claiming his first victory on his very first attempt at I am women foundation 1st anniversary.

He believes change begins with one and spread to the rest , he says “my main aim is to make music that will leave footsteps even to the next generation, providing enjoyment to the mass and at the same time bringing hope, joy and peace to the lives of people through my music.One of my key objectives is to maintain a high profile and to continue to maintain a strong relationship with other core members”.

Stream and buy Shonaman latest track #HouseOfTheLord

 

 

Follow him on twitter @shonaman_ppa

 

Profile: Soweto Kwaito Sensation “Styzin”

Israel Mahlatsi Rakoma, known to his fans as ‘STYZIN’ is one of South African’s most inspiring artist,producer and live performer the world has ever come across. Despite having been persistently branded as eccentric  for much of his career, STYZIN has continued to develop his whimsical repertoire, deepen his surreal catalog, and expand his devoted audience beyond the boundaries of cult stature.

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Starting his career in Soweto, Southern African ,STYZIN has been compared to such other African music figures as BoogaLuv, Bricks, MDU and Tokollo, specifically because of his versatility in writing, composing and live performance style, though his production/composition bears shades of Spikiri and The LB. Switching gears early to front STYZIN as a solo artist/producer , an artist specializing in melodic, chiming jangle percussions and native African sounds (Ncoba Album remains a classic offering by STYZIN), Prior to fronting his solo act, STYZIN has already achieved 3 top charting singles that saw him signing his first synchronization deal with a T.V drama called “INTER SECTION” which broadcasted nationally on one of the biggest commercial T.V networks known as S.A.B.C .

STYZIN PHOTO 2TSEPE TSA BONA (2010) confirmed his reputation as an oddball thanks to his amazing writing skills and his sensational vocal performance, among others. The incredible I PANTSULA (2011) followed, as did the all-acoustic LOVA Ep (2012). By 2013, STYZIN ‘s unpredictable musical ability , saw him achieving his debut studio album immediately after signing a record deal with one of the fastest growing independent record label famously known as LB Recordings, which was founded by his close friend, engineer and executive producer known as The LB.  .

Upon releasing the first studio album( NCOBA), STYZIN has been blessed with a number of things, primarily his debut music video for his hit single titled “TSEPE TSA BONA”, selling over 5000 copies (from the boot of a car), digital distribution of the album on world wide online platforms like ITUNE, AMAZON, E-MUSIC and more, sharing stage with some of African top acts like BRICKS ,K.B, KHULI CHANA, CASSPER NYOVEST, DAVIDO, D’BANJ just to name a few, he has collaborated with both local and international artists like SkroofNoJive, NDUKUMAN, Jay-Popular, Wayne Cooper and many more.

STYZIN is currently in studio working on his second album, in which he decided to again partner with one of the best African producer and long time friend famously known as THE LB to exclusively handle the entire production department of the album. The official release and title of the album is yet to be confirmed.

Follow STYZIN on your favourite social network:

Facebook: STYZIN

Twitter: @styzin1852

Email: lbrecords.djlb@gmail.com

Listen to his tracks on Soundcloud

Fresh Impression Signs: Lux Kent

East London, Eastern Cape based rapper Lux Kent, has been signed by one of Africa’s biggest labels Fresh Impressions Africa that is based in Gauteng province. It’s good to see lyrical artists getting signed by major labels such as Fresh Impressions which is also a label that believes in promoting hip hop with positive substance.

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Press Release by Mr Moyo (Fresh Impressions Owner)

“I had been watching Lux Kent for a while with the work him and Jarod Kemp had been doing with the ‘Living Legacy Movement.’ I knew at some point we will work together. I remember Courtney Antipas asking me last month why I haven’t signed Lux Kent yet. His message came in very early that morning, before 7am, and I knew I had to approach Lux Kent. To my suprise, when I did approach him, i was told Jarod Kemp
had asked Lux Kent, a week before that, what he would do if I came and said I would like to sign him and work with him. It is evident this signing is for this time and season and there was confirmation all around. Lux Kent’s online presence, blog and web excellence is one thing many artists can learn from him and I know he has a lot to offer. We will help, of coz, as well in growing him as a brand. Fresh Impressions prides itself in giving artists new platforms and widening their reach extensively and that’s what’s we undoubtedly plan to do with Lux Kent.”

Watch the latest video #Image by Lux Kent:

Somido Homecoming Festival 2015 Debut.

Somido Homecoming set to change the face of OUTDOOR ENTERTAINMENT

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Small towns are often forgotten, unseen and in most cases endure exclusions from the creative/music space.

Somerset East is one of such a town and as it stands this small town’s luck is about to change for the better creatively.

The Somido Homecoming festival is an annual music showcase set to debut on the 26th of December2015. The event seeks to give new meaning to the term “outdoor experience” with a keenfocus on original and creative delivery in production. The event seeks to heighten the production quality of outdoor events by creating a space that affords patrons an exquisite encounter of artistry.

The festival is set to host some of South Africa’s most seasoned artists namely; Shota, durbanite hip hop sensation Duncan (afrotainment), Pastor the DJ (Umhlobo Wenene), Eastern Cape stars Sdudla and Ma100 amongst others. The event will also be giving local artists an opportunity to share the stage with these industry personalities, along with that an opportunity to walk away with R2500.00 in cash competing in the “Somido Talent Search. One of the many ways the event seeks to inspire monetizing the creative space.

Also the festival is opened to all creative communities and outlets for active participation through stall operations at the event where creatives are afforded the opportunity to showcase and make sales off their creative produce in this way encouraging creative e-commerce. Get involved.

The Somido Homecoming festival is set to host well over 9000 patrons on the day at The Old Gillian Sports Grounds Somerset East. The music showcase promises to deliver real time entertainment that is authentically South African and in doing so delivering the ultimate outdoor experience for its attending patrons.

Tickets available via computicket (http://online.computicket.com/web/event/somido_homecoming/974016799/0/68950725) and all Shoprite/ Checkers outlets nationwide. For more information visit the Somido Homecoming Facebook page (you may inbox your inquiries there as well), alternatively 
call 078 316 6362 for assistance. Source http://www.somerset-east.co.za

Profile: Shack Empire, Hip hop music group from Johannesburg

Shack Empire is amusic group situated in the south of Johannesburg formed in the surroundings of a humbling shack which many, if not all the members of the empire call it their second home.

DSC_0119-2Shack Empire was formed in 2013 originally as a hip-hop movement by a group of individual and independent artists, working with each other to grow each other. The Empire works on running the entertainment business as a whole venturing in all posts in the entertainment business. Though it may have started as hip hop movement, today it has members who tackle other genres such as EDM and Reggae to name a few.

Shack Empire is now a registered company. The empire is currently working on a 1st compilation which will show listeners what every member is about. With songs like iNkomazi and 17:10(10 past 5), the future sounds bright for this upcoming group of talents.

You can watch their videos here

Contact details:

Manager: Nonkazimulo Masikane

Email address: mandisi.masikane@gmail.com

Cell: +27 84 058 1626

Alternative: Lindinkosi Sleek b

Email address: lindinkosi6@gmail.com

Cell phone: 0611910682

For bookings:

Shackempiresa@gmail.com

Song downloads:

www.soundcloud.com/shack-empire

Social Networks:

Facebook: Shack Empire

Twitter: @shackempiresa

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