The concept is a new one to the South African music industry. Executively produced by two heavyweights in the music circles, Tebello ‘Tibz’ Motsoane of ShowLove Music and Tumi Molekane of Motif Records, The All Love Album stands to be the first of its kind.
In collaboration with one of the biggest hip-hop magazines in SA, Hype Magazine, The All Love Album was released June 3 enclosed within the magazine packet.
13 tracks with producers Instro, Sean Pages, Hope Masta, Majestic, Tuxman, Towdee Mac and Dynamic, including an array of talent behind the mic, the album which some may call a compilation will have fans finding it hard to choose a favourite. As the topics vary, so do the skill set in the album.
Opening the album is one of the country’s most respected Motswako rappers, HHP, on a song called “The Manual”. Hip Hop Pantsula breaks the music making process down in what he says is three easy steps: “All you need to do is drop, cop, pop” referring to artists that all they need to do is drop a hot song, people will cop it and BOOM you blow up! The next song has an accompanying video and tagged the first single of the album, sees Motif’s Reason flex on a Hopemasta beat and detail how he envisions his dreams in “No Sleep”.
“Good Times Back” is every Soweto native’s dream as we see the reunion of defunct Saudi Western in the form of Maggz and PRO. Smooth Towdee Mac beat accompanied by dope verses from the two wordsmiths and Maggz crooning the hook.
Cassper Nyovest begins “Plani” with the statement, “Bare ke protege ya mang? Le dipuo thle” which means, “You say I’m who’s protege? Y’all talk a lot” referring to people calling him HHP’s protege. Regardless, he goes in to rip the Instro-produced banger. Truth be told, Cassper is proving with every song that the HHP cosign is just that and he can hold down 16s on his own.
Former Buttabing artist Kwesta is also in the mix with “Ready For More”. The emcee is his vintage punchline-streak-self and with lines like “That top 50 was my grocery list. Mr Sharp Fede lets it be know he is ready for anything in the game on the track. Cape Town’s Youngsta matches the flow to the claps in the Sean Pages produced beat “Its The Y”, a subtle banger with a hypnotic hook.
My standout track has to be the Instro-produced, “I Got This” which sees the Botswana emcee Zeus vary the flow throughout the song matching the tempo of the bass and harmony driven beat. The feint humming in the background is also a beautiful addition. Rising star, Ginger Trill delivers some of the hottest bars on the album in “Le Tlo Nkitsi”. Ginger is undoubtedly a talent and he proves it with formidable lines and a stellar flow on this one.
Dynamic on the boards, Tumi singing the hook and Proverb exhibiting his famous intricate wordplay, “Make You Fly” is a beauty. You can’t help but feel the passion when he spits, “We go from splitting dividends to spreading hope/so instead of headphones, listen through stethoscopes”. The chemistry of Cap City’s Blaklez and R&B crooner Teepee is showcased in “Life Out Of This life” where the two detail enjoying life to the fullest; reality’s events that need to be tackled head on and achieving what you may get from life.
The last track is delivered by one of the executive producers of the album, Tumi Molekane, titled “Ben 10″. Ben 10 is slang for a younger men dating an older woman. The strings-heavy Hope Masta beat is complimented by heartfelt verses from Tumi touching on the subject of love from a young age.
The offering offers a whole lot of variety with twelve emcees taking to the mic and delivering some of their best verses. The production is also top notch as the assigned producers supplied quality beats. The eclectic yet beautiful synergy makes the album a great listen in between funny but educational skits by Siyabonga ‘Scoop’ Ngwekazi.
Written By: @SDotJR_