November 2015
When i say Meyniak is Zimbabwe's Kendrick i don't mean he raps like King Kunta though the Sala way he says Michelle Chaminuka and his mastery of English bars might have you thinking the homey is straight outta Compton. Rather  the comparison lies in how he has perfected the art of delivering a perfectly sound commercial product without compromising his lyricism or craft. Drowmobeating handled the monster beat and production and C.Bleech did the final mixing.

The verses see Meyniak eyeing that amazing lady at the bar counter and wondering what her name is and if she brought her friends to the drink up.The way he describes said girl and tries to put himself across as the IT GUY and the way he gets curved is a part of the struggle many of my hittas will relate to.Michelle Chaminuka brushes Meynie off refusing to be a trophy callgirl to impress his friends with,leaving Meyniak with no option but to act super drunk and catch the next $1 for two Combi home.

He is what the artist himself had to say about his new joint:
"The plot of the song came about after i went out,got too high,saw a look alike to this other chick and ish turned sour lol.As for the space i was in when i penned the song,well i just felt like flexing,its summer and there is too many  depressing/serious songs.Wanted to show i could have fun on records as well."

And he did,in typical "Weird Vampire"  fashion. Peep the song on his soundcloud and follow him on facebook @MeynieMeyniak

Summer is a season to party in my native Zimbabwe and dancing shoes are a must have. CoolDude and Chris James have just the right dance moves for you to murder the party scene with this summer with their recent collaboration.The joint with its enjoyable African feel is another feather in James's cap of choruses slayed this year and we can't wait till his album drops.

A welcome deviation from the standard hiphop track was Anonzi Xndr's infusion of live instrumentation into the beat with an infectious lead guitar and bongo drums.Cooldude's bars though devoid of extreme wordplay are very much enjoyable(its a song for the weekend after all).

The song is available for streaming on soundcloud and you can follow @CoolDudeMunya on twitter and insta to stay informed about his musical journey.
Suprise EPs seem to be the latest trend in hiphop right now and Zimbabwe got its own taste of the experience today when Sinbad dropped Rap Theory Lost Tape without as much as a hint or hashtag about the project beforehand. The EP is what one would term a treat for fans of gritty street music and its basically a nine joint experience of life in these often cold streets,from the hustle and how it separates one from family to triumph over an adverse background up until one breaks bread with the immortals.

When asked why he dropped a suprise EP without prior marketing or forewarning Sinbad let on that he wanted to focus on the music and deliver a masterpiece without external pressure from the fans and a release date hanging over his head.As for the contents of the EP we will let the Dollarsign music award winner speak for himself:

"Its like a soundtrack to my life,Rap Theory is my lifestyle put on a record so everybody out there knows how we living in these streets.Its raw and its my reality an introduction to #HardMashonaRap.Put simply its more than an EP its the streets!!!"

Production was handled by Krimz Beatz,Boy Tricky,Takefizzo,Mafriq Music Factory,Isaac Pro,Taffy D,Tash Mwana Wamai and Sinbad on executive production.Features include the vocal talents of Eve and Henry as well as bars from Kidd Aktive,Savage,Baller among others.The Ep is available for free download on datafilehost and for streaming on the @Dollarsign85 soundcloud page.
Simbarashe Tagwireyi aka Simba Tagz could well be Zimhiphop's hustler of the year for 2015.Dudes' hands have been on everything from production to rapping and even perfomances all over the world.We take a look at some of the major moves he has played  and credit him for staying humble and lowkey in the wake of these successes.

After Ice Prince reached out to Tagz  to do a remix for Don't Leave the firing squad went to work and tried to downplay this achievement but Simba kept his cool and didn't go on a social media rant as has become the norm for most rappers.Immediately after,he dropped an afro pop single produced by Sarz  the Nigerian  producer credited for work with Ice Prince,Wizkid and Eldee.When Burna Boy came to Zimbabwe for a once off show Tagz posted a clip of him and the Naija Don Gorgon  and announced four songs had been completed though a release date is yet to come.

The Showtime producer/artist didn't stop there but went on to feature on the rising talk show Tonight With Zororo set to premiere on Dstv channel Zambezi Magic this November.On the perfomance scene Tagz went to Cyprus last month.He is also set to perfom at the African Music Concert at the Expo Centre in Joburg on the 21st of November alongside Nyovest, Bucie, Aka, Wizkid, Dales, R2bees, Anati and Cashtime amongst other stars.

After mixing and mastering Wande Coal's single Ashimapeyin  the Nigerian was so impressed with the stellar production he asked Tagz to master his entire album.Whether  this will translate to features with Wande Coal and other African Stars remains to be seen but what is clear is that Tagz's star is on the rise and the only way from here is up.

Jackson De Zimboy must be a very content man right now.The Changamire Festival founder delivered Zimhiphop to Gweru and the urban youths came out in droves to support.Despite the show starting later than the advertised 1900 hours,Zimboy and his co host the vivacious Nikki of Twerk team fame did a great job  playing hosts and the headline acts  Team Bhoo,Cal Vin,Guluva Seven and Slayer delivered commendable perfomances.The Dj of the night Platman Styles had the club groovy from the word go till activities died down.

Cal Vin brought his YOTV experience with him as the crowd ate  out of his hand singing along to his recent work and a little of the old.The sheer number of revellers who flocked to have pics with him taken are a testament of how much of a brand he has evolved into.Guluva Seven also represented Bulawayo to the fullest sampling his new project Color Of Dreams.He rose above  the technical glitches to create believers of scores of fans who before the show,might  not have known him.After the microphone died a few times too much during his set mumbles of sabotage were heard in the crowd.

Team Bho were in familiar territory and their peers from Midlands State University showed them love from the onset.The "UBAs" and "USAs" took to the dance floor and started screaming Eeh Bhooo as Shingy and Towers perfomed Move,Hamuko,Bho and hatitambwe idzodzo before throwing shade at their recent rivals.Dj Towers took a swipe at Rehab boss Anonzi Xndr shooshing the crowd and saying 'F **k Xndr i won an award for saying They call me Dj Towers,what has Xndr done.' Shingy had a word or two for Stunner stating he had no beef with Stunner since he is in a better realm than the Tazoita Cash boss,shots fired......again.

MSU student and Dollarsign recording artist Slayer was the last to bless the stage and after several exceptional performances the pressure was on him to deliver.He did so without breaking  a sweat and when quizzed about the #IwannaKissTraeYung tee he was rocking he hinted a joint was in the works.
Besides the general public a few notable personalities were also in attendance from rapper Meister, photographer/visual wizard  Quence Motion, Krusty Da Mc of Kasi Lunatics fam and 2014 ZHHA journalist of the year Sindiso Dube.Congratulations to Zimboy for an epic night and to Club Eclipse for giving local hiphop a plattform to shine on.Despite the late start and a few uninspiring acts the night was on point  and another victory in Zimhiphop's struggle for recognition.