2014 has started off in a blitz for local hip-hop. Almost every week thus far has seen a new song being released, Kwesta went home the Best Rap Album winner at the Metro FM awards show and iFani took home the SAMA for Best Rap Album.
Bangers keep popping up and we more than halfway deep into 2014. Albums and mixtapes still outstanding but for now, here is a prediction of the year ahead in hip-hop.
Album Title: Audio HD
Current work: Monthly freestyles. “BTCU Remix”
Estimated Release Date: June/July
Reason epitomises the slogan of the label he’s signed to - Motif Don’t Sleep. Every month since August 2013, Reason has released a new song for his fans. In the December Freestyle he raps, “The album is almost done with one more song to make” meaning Audio HD is nearer than ever.
Album Title: LEVELS
Current Work: “Congratulate” single + video
Confirmed Release Date: 8th July
The self-proclaimed prince of SA hip-hop has been on a rampage with his single “Congratulate” hitting AND staying at number 1 on the iTunes charts for a long span of time. He released the video which also smashed over 25 000 views within days of release. Kiernan ‘AKA’ Forbes has tweeted that all is set for the release of his award-winning debut follow up, we predict this one will be an album we shall see in the winter.
Album Title: Tsholofelo
Current Work: “Doc Shebeleza” single + video
Estimated Release Date: beginning of July
The pony-tailed rapper has never been one to mince his words whether it’s on the timeline, interviews and even records. With the song amassing over 100K downloads on a file-sharing site, it’s safe to say a lot of people are keen to hear what Cassper has to offer to the game. His debut album is slated for the beginning of July release, according to C-A-double S himself.
Album Title: N/A
Current Work: Feature on Reason’s “No Ordinary Being”, “Amantombazane Remix” & feature on Major League’s “The Bizness”
Estimated Release Date: N/A
The goatee king is on this list because he is the most recent Motif signing, he has been working tirelessly in the game for some time now and not only he is doing raps; he is a notable producer as well. He has production credits that include award nominated “All Of Me” by L-Tido and 2014 might be the year we see ‘umswenko’ come even more alive.
Album Title: A guess, Mr. Cashtime
Current Work: “Caracara”
Estimated Release Date: September
“Caracara” is infectious and got every street jumping with its Kwaito and pantsula lifestyle infusion in the Raw X Studios production. Featuring one of the most featured artists in the game currently, Kid X, K.O has set the anticipation of his solo album at fever pitch. With “Caracara” being the second single, an album might hit our shelves soon.
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Album Title: Devil’s Playground
Current Work: “Burn” feat Red Button
Estimated Release Date: July
Cap City Records artist has confirmed the album is done. The listening session showcased a couple of songs to look out for and “Burn” was an instant scorcher to all those who attended. Four mixtapes deep, the anticipation of his debut album rises with each passing day.
Album Title: Rumored, “Pegasus”
Current Work: “Finish Line” and feature on Solo’s “The Shame”
Estimated Release Date: June/July
Ntokozo ‘Buks’ Mazibuko has been in the background mainly producing in the outfit IV League with a couple rap features like “High School Cool” on AKA’s “Alter Ego”, Lebolukewarm’s “Flying 2 Mars”, Motif’s 2013’s “16s for 16”. With IV League being a duo, Buks has put a slash rapper to his increasing titles as producer and engineer. “Plan B” was the teaser, “Finish Line” is on iTunes and he has promised an album in 2014.
Album Title: Rob The Church
Current Work: “Hello Kitty”, feature on Solo’s “Star Dust Remix”
Estimated Release Date: Late 2014
The Motif boss is still to release the album he dubbed “2013 Illmatic” and we believe he will let his team run 2014 firstly; with Reason, Riky Rick and Perfecto promising releases in 2014; before he releases his first album since the departure from the Tumi and The Volume ensemble.
As afore stated, the music keeps coming out almost every week. New songs, new trends, new artists and even veterans are getting into the thick of things this year. Artists Instagram feature studio sessions footage hinting on new collabos and songs. This in its entirety is great for SA Hip-Hop.
2014 might just be the most interesting year in the genre, right after 2003/04.
Written by: Siphiwe Zwane ( @SDotJR_ )