– The tracklisting of an album is very important. Do not put it off to the 11th hour. Take your time while setting it up.… Read More »Hip Hop as an Art: Notes on Tracklisting
Hip Hop Lekgotla
Scat singing is not for everyone, most can’t get the syllables and tempo right which messes the lead on lyrics. Only a few can keep it harmonic. Yes, it adds coloration and more emotions to a song but it can also kill a song.Read More »Hip Hop as an Art Form: Scat Singing is not for Hip Hop – The Jazz link
A fan should never feel entitled to artists’ music and artists shouldn’t feel indebted to their fans’ support.
If I was a promoter and you give the music director a full track for you performance I wouldn’t book you again. There are people who go to a concert, show etc. for “distinct” musicality. That fact is usually overshadowed because the majority of the audience is there to be turnt hence the miming of lyrics and yelling “Yeah.”
As a writer (which likes to believe, he is a hip hop activist) and a former rap group member-cum-manager, I got/get to see the strengths and weaknesses of rappers first hand. As we are three weeks into the new year, I’d like to share 5 things rappers need to consider in 2015.
Growing up, I had no sense of confidence at all and the only thing I was mainly good at was to find comfort in being under a friend’s shadow, but that all changed, when I discovered Hip Hop. All of a sudden, my communication skills puzzled into place, and I discovered the homey feeling, I never knew I was longing for.
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No pain, no gain/ Be true to your culture/ Be aware of the vultures/ Remember where you come from/ Representing MP to the fullest/ I show you how to do this/ I came into the industry with something/ I ain’t going back home with nothing.
Rappers from different parts of the country sacrifice the comforts of being a ‘hometown’ based artist, for the centre of the country’s music industry which is Joburg or J-Sec for those who grew up in the culture. J-Sec is, in most cases the only destination high school rappers upon completing their matric, without any further consideration, choose to continue their studies in the institutions there.Read More »Civicism and Hip Hop