December 2016

Kwaito fans will remember that golden oldie by South African kwaito collective Alaska accuse which had everybody ekasi doing the amadamara dance with trompie hats and tjovitjo whistles to match.Asaph teamed up with Virgie and First Class on production to bring back to life that very track for what looks set to be the soundtrack to memorable nights in burgs the world over.

  Ovyaas 'derived from obvious obviously' is for the party animals who won't shy away from that iconic mix of alcohol and bad decisions.In true Asaph tradition the joint  is littered with pseudo endorsements for the most popping places in Kingsvilla,be it Eden for the strobe lights or Cowdry Park for its fly mummies who obviously know how to scream Wololo.Asaph assures the mummies in question that they don't have to stay away or "jamuka" for the boys because soon as he makes it rain they will bond with his notes (even party anthems gots to have bars right).Since its always the more the merrier the ladies are encouraged to bring their friends since the boys roll as a team and they might just end up auditioning for gout at Tshisa Nyama.

  Head over to soundcloud or audiomack and download the new heat from Mr "I'm  more musalala than 6 ExQs"

Finhu Gang is a clique built on friendship and the common goal of putting the small town of Rusape on the national map.Made up of rappers and producers who include ThaKanivore,Daley,Maec,Eldrey,Minnie Frikka,Tanaq,Melusi,Madkid,Splits Loui and Stylz Da Mc the crew has made their intentions for 2017 clear with their latest release titled Haikona which sees three of their number i.e Daley,El Drey and Splits showcase their rhyming skills on a laid back DJ Tinmad beat.

   Haikona is a feel good joint that's a melting point of sorts for the trio's dreams,ambitions,frustrations and blessings that have come their way thus far in their musical journey. For El Drey that entails stepping into the ring with poverty,a lil help from the man above till his team becomes mhiripiri united (a reference to kusadyika of said chilli used to drive home the fact that they can't be beaten easily kudyiwa).For Daley its all about asserting his growth from a boy into a man for all to see and how he has been a responsible father to his kid and supportive dude to his baby mama.Its also about writing what he likes and liking what he writes and getting the relevant attention for his work.Splits on the other hand thinks back to the time when he thought blowing up would be easy till he realised the competition was stiff,still he kept at it and along the way he rephrased hate to heat.

  Hopefully this is the first of so many more songs from Finhu Gang as they seek to show Zimbabwe and the world that rap doesn't just live in the bigger cities but is alive and kicking in the smallest of towns.

KeDecember boss is the motto around this time of the year and Bulawayo native wasn't about to be left out as far as spreading Christmas cheer is concerned.He jumped on a Hitmen instrumental to gift heads with an early Christmas present that's characterized by an insane flow and bars to match without compromising on the "let's get loose" message.

Jackie Chen follows the exploits of a modern day drunken master (you do remember that iconic Chan film right?) who gets so high on the booze that he can barely open his eyes and when he does he can only manage a squint that looks very much Asain hence the Jackie Chen reference.The Rayo Beats production is sure to keep imbibers nationwide doing all kinds of dances and kicking ass as per the dictates of the great sensei Jackie Chen.

The single is available for streaming on sound cloud and you can follow Nkanyiso Moyo on Facebook or like his @GuluvaSeven page on Facebook to keep abreast with his moves.

He has been known to set the timeline on fire with his #OffensiveRealNiggaSundays and the equally provocative #ItsHardBeingArealNigga posts on Facebook were he just speaks his unfiltered "truth" and as recently as November he caught a lot of flack when he declared himself the king of all the young rappers under 21.His name is R Peels and frankly it helps that he can spit fire in the booth because let's face it,there is nothing more irritating than a loud rapper who can't back up all the tough talk with real work in the booth.2016 has been a pretty good year for the young king seeing as he launched his own clothing line and shot his debut video Usazvifurire featuring Noble Stylz.He also announced his own stable Mwana WaPharaoh made up of Tich,Tait and him.Its their triple drop one fine Monday which we almost slept on that's the basis of this narrative.

My favorite song in that triple heat drop has and still is Conversations which sees Tich and Peels engage in a dialogue of sorts over a soulful beat.Peels remembers visiting a certain studio and telling Tich to work on his craft and bid his time since the moment and modus operandi weren't aligned at that time.Tich remembers the episode as well and admits he saw the vision but the amount of whack on the streets had him eager to just get his shot on the mic and slay.Fastfoward to today and Peels tells his nigga he is ready and lends him a verse to show how much he believes in him,Tich on the other hand is musing on what should come first the airplay or the guap.

Were Conversations is a journey into soul,VaneMaBaby is a trap banger and Meyniak features alongside Tait and Peels with a memorable verse.The trio take us to the bando (heard that's trapper's paradise) and ask all those who might have deals and the girls to link up.A lot of brag raps over thumping 808s never delivered convincingly never hurt anyone right? Peels unapologetically tells us he has won already and he won't even be staying in our bar to celebrate.Tait brags about his influence in his hood were they play him even when he ain't around and occasionally send him spending money even if he visits his rural homestead.

On HiHiHi R Peels goes solo to detail the life of a Pharaoh that's not going so well hence the hi hi hi( remember your kid siblings threatening to report your misdemeanors to your rents on some,hihihi dakukurevera).Peels is caught between paying a DJ to play his music or paying his lecturers to ace the exams which are beckoning.Add a pregnant girl whom he doesn't care about so much and a Doctor telling him his liver might be faltering and we on the set of Things Fall Apart.However mum comes through with a ten dollar soft loan but the boys show up,drinks are bought and the dollar remaining for transport money gets lost.It being a Peels song its no surprise that the last verse is used to tell unknown rapper dudes that they can't really compare with his intellect.Stream the Conversations promo video on R Peel's YouTube channel.