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Yourboyskillz releases highly anticipated debut EP titled Geek City

Geek City (artwork) yourboyskillz

Rising Hip hop sensation from Limpopo, Yourboyskillz, is proving that there is no slowing him down in 2017. The multi-talented Countless Dreams Entertainment rapper and producer has dropped his highly awaited EP titled Geek City.

Geek City is now available on all digital stores globally. Stream Yourboyskillz’s Geek City EP here:

Yourboyskillz describes Geek City as his best work yet as it shows off his strength and as an artist. The six track offering features a mix of different sounds that will be appealing to a wide-ranging demographic. Geek City EP also has some surprise offerings that show the versatility of Yourboyskillz as an artist, and tracks such as Danky Dank, which is an easy to sing along to track with deep hip hop elements, will be a track his fans will truly enjoy.


“I just wanted people to have a taste of the new sound I have been working on as this is a different sound compare to my previous singles. The EP shows my growth as an artist over the past three years,” expresses Yourboyskillz.

Geek City EP Track List

  1. Hockey
  2. My Shit
  3. Up
  4. Dumb Ice
  5. Danky Dank
  6. Whoah!!

The EP is very melodic with a mixture of rap and Rnb feel good music, and it dissects Yourboyskillz’s outlook of life and experiences. By sharing his life journey, Yourboyskillz hopes it will give people an opportunity to understand her better as a musician.

Yourboyskillz discovered his own taste of music when he started listening to the likes of Jay Z, Lil Wayne and Drake.

Yourboyskillz started recording when he met his producer (LAE,Fenesse and Mac11) friends  in high school. His talent was something people couldn’t ignore, as his music reigned supreme in various radio station charts.

Yourboyskillz will capture the hearts of many South Africans over the next few months with his impressive resume, lyrical prowess, effortless flow and catchy choruses which cannot be ignored. Yourboyskillz is definitely a rising musical sensation to look out for this year as he raises the bar with the release of Geek City.

 Follow Yourboyskillz on social media for more insights on his Geek City EP.

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Yourboyskillz releases Visuals for hit single 2 by 2 featuring Cardo

2 by 2 featuring Cardo

Rising Hip hop freshman from Limpopo, Yourboyskillz, has released visuals in the form of a music video for his infectious hit single titled 2 by 2 featuring Cardo.

Watch Yourboyskillz’s 2 by 2 featuring Cardo music video below: 

2 by 2 is a hip hop bounce track with witty lyrics, melodic bridge and a catchy chorus which is easy to sing along. The crispy music video visuals for 2 by 2 was directed by award winning director R B FILMS on a location in Limpopo South Africa.

2 by 2 produced by LAE is play listed on various key radio  community and urban youth radio stations throughout the country including Emalahleni FM, Alex FM and Inanda FM to mention a few.

Yourboyskillz started recording when he met his producer (LAE, Fenesse and Mac11) friends in high school. His talent was something people couldn’t ignore, as his music reigned supreme in various radio station charts in Limpopo.



The rising hip hop sensation has been influenced by both local and international artist such as Riky Rick, AKA, Lil Wayne and Drake to name a few. If his latest releases are anything to go by, this aspiring musician is sure to take the music industry by storm.

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Lungstafame returns with new single Umona

Lungstafame

Multi-talented hip hop sensation Lunga affectionately known in the music circles as Lungstafame returns with the release of new single titled Umona.

Umona is a hip hop bounce track with witty lyrics, melodic bridge and a catchy chorus which is easy to sing along.

Stream Lungstafame’s new single Umona here.

Umona comes with a sensational combination of vocals and dope lyrical flows that would ensure we head into the weekend with a banging groove.  The single is expected to be a highly impactful single which will instantly bring life to many parties across the country.

The single is already play listed on various key radio community and urban youth radio stations throughout the country including Emalahleni FM, Alex FM and Inanda FM to mention a few.

Lungstafame’s rapping passion was influenced by the kwaito legend Zola; he used to listen to most of his songs and performed for his family and friends with a wooden stick as a microphone and that also enhanced his writing skills and started writing his own songs.

The rapper from Vosloorus is no stranger in the music scene having released various chart topping singles and has worked with many high profile artists in the South African music scene.

Lungstafame once again proves his versatility as a musician with his fresh unique sound that appeals to all.

The song has been receiving rave reviews from various industry heads and colleagues across the country.

Follow Lungstafame on social media for more updates on upcoming projects.

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#REPREZEN music featuring ABSTRACT drops

#REPREZEN featuring ABSTRACT

This week, Vaal’s DIA (Dreams Infinite Academy) artist, Stan Son Of Man 15 dropped a music video to the hood anthem #REPREZEN featuring ABSTRACT. This period seems a quite busy one for ABSTRACT. From releasing his single #InTheWoods, to his radio tour and now, the new drop of #REPREZEN music video. Follow ABSTRACT on Twitter for updates.

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Exclusive listen to Rap Artist Ajo’s new single

Ajo

“Ajo”, real name Ariong James Oscar is a Ugandan born and raised HIP HOP/ RAP recording artist and song writer.

Born 18th may 1988 to a Dr. Atai Anne and Mr. James Okaali. Ajo has established himself as a vibrant and outspoken rapper with an impressive emulsion of wit, literacy and character in his lyrics a skill which has led many to describe him as an intersection of hip hop talent.

Ajo’s ambition and love for music predates his initiation into the hip hop fraternity, “he always loved music, as a child he used to wake everybody up early in the morning with his humming or chanting away to some orchestra in his mind” – Dr. Atai Anne.

Ajo started listening to hip hop music round the age of 12 shortly after his primary school. He fell in love with the message, the attitude, the freedom, the intricacy and the respect this genre of music commanded. It was during this time that he started to write cover versions to his favorite hip hop songs and gradually he developed his lyrical skill.

In his high school, AJO together with a few of his school friends formed a music group they called Clean Block Gang (C.B.G). Ajo and his peers strongly worked on their music and content development, “he wrote lyrics on almost everything; his locker, his book covers, his jean trousers and every piece of paper he could find” – Abel lubulwa (member of the C.B.G).

Ajo went further to record a couple of songs like; Rap music I sing, Rap city, Take it down easy then he teamed up with one of the best music producers in Uganda, HANNZ TACTIQ, together with whom he did his first radio smash song, NEVER BACK DOWN on which he featured Lethal and Hannz tactiq himself. This song went on to enjoy radio streaming and made it to a music chart on one radio station, HOT 100.

Ajo didn’t stop there; he later got in touch with a former rapper turned producer, Joe Tumwebaze aka J.T founder of Yego productions, a record label and it’s here that AJO fully embraced his passion for a hip hop music career. Mentored by J.T, he mastered his craft and released his first music compilation titled “Rap Music I Sing”, a piece that takes the listener through an in-depth understanding of him as an artist and a human being plus an appreciation of his lyrical and content maturity.

After which Ajo released his break through EP titled No Apologies that got nominated for Album of the year and got him nominated for Rookie of the year in the Uganda HipHop Awards 16.

AJO is definitely a must listen to artist with an ambition and talent enough to be the best rapper in Africa and probably cross continent.

He is one every aspiring rapper should look up to and every old rapper should look out for. Listen to his latest single here: https://soundcloud.com/ajo-4/transcend

Connect With Ajo on Social Media

Twitter:  @ajojam
Facebook: @AjoCbg
Instagram: @Ajo_cbg

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Joshua The I AM begins his REAL HUSTLE

Joshua The I Am

Young creative, Joshua The I AM, gave a stellar performance on last night’s Vuzu Hustle Season 2 finale episode. He may not have come out the winner, but if his performance last night is anything to go by, there is no doubt that this is just the beginning of a very bright future for the multi-talented music producer, song writer and recording artist.

Over the past two months South Africans have falling in love with the Vuzu Hustle Season 2 runner up. The country has witnessed the versatility of a true star in the making. Joshua The I AM not only showed his diversity as a music artist with his production and song writing talent; but through his charisma, bubbly personality and overall enthusiasm, Joshua The I AM is proving to be multi-faceted and will make a great television presenter and great collaborator for brands to work with.

Watch Joshua The I AM No Return Official Music Video

Having studied music production after high school and being selected as one of the Top 5 producers in his college last year, which saw him partake in the Nandos Music Exchange in London, Joshua The I AM’s participation is the Vuzu Hustle Season 2 was just the next step for him in pursuing his passion for music.

“My real hustle begins now. I may not have won the Vuzu Hustle Season 2 but I went out feeling like a champion.  I was very proud of the performance I gave at the finale and finishing the competition in the Top 2 has been humbling. I’m looking forward to the next phase in my career and I can’t wait to share what I have in store with the country,” expresses Joshua The I AM.

Make sure to follow Joshua The I AM on social media to be the first to know about his new single and music video to be released nationwide soon.

Connect with Joshua The I AM:

Facebook: Joshua The I AM (https://www.facebook.com/iamjoshuatheiam/)
Twitter: @iamjoshuatheiam
Instagram: @iamjoshuatheiam
SoundCloud: www.soundcloud.com/joshuathe-i-am

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Cesar Ramos Drops A Teaser For His #HARD Music Video

Cesar Ramos

Cesar Ramos aka CrakNoBeat drops a lil some somethin’ for his supporters. A tease trailer of his due to drop #HARD music video. #HARD is his first single off his ‘still in the oven’ project.  “This is a warm up and to alert everybody to expect something from me real soon” – Cesar Ramos. The soon to drop project is daringly titled “Watch Me Win”.

Cesar Ramos also guest stars King Blake in this music videos. It is sure to be a movie!
Stream #Hard trailer here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BReDaVOj00m/?taken-by=craknobeat

Who Is Cesar Ramos?

Cesar Gonzala Pascoal Dos Ramos born 5th February 1994 and raised in Angola – Luanda, is a record producer (composer) and musician currently based in Pretoria. In regards to his artistry he goes by the Cesar however, in regards to production He goes by the name of Craknobeat (Crak-No-Beat). The “No” means “On The” in his home language – Portuguese. It’s basically translated as “Crak On The Beat”. “I’m known as “Crakboy”. Literally EVERYBODY I know calls me “Crak”. I got that name back at home years ago. People always wonder why “Crak” because they always link it to the drugs. But at home, Crak means “Dope/skilled/gifted” and my talent earned me that name so I embraced it ever since.”

His Musical Journey

Crak grew up with a heavy interest in music, mainly the production side of it. It was only at the age of 14 when he started making his own beats, recording his own songs and as well as other artists. He engineered his own projects whilst doing the same for other artists. He realized his potential when grownups were willing to pay him for his work although he was doing it for fun.

“I listen to all types of music as long as it sounds good. I think that plays a role in my beat making inspiration. I work with different artists all the time. They all have different sounds and different musical interests/preferences and as their producer, I’m required to accommodate all of them. So I believe I’m very versatile when it comes to creativity and beat making.

I’m an artist as well, I sing and rap so I don’t stick to one genre when making music. I play around with different sounds so each of my tracks have different personalities and I enjoy using different voices with every track.”

Educational Background 

Cesar Ramos spent the first six years of his life where his dad grew up, that’s in S.tome (Sao Tome). He later moved back to Angola with his mother and at the age of 19 he moved to South Africa to prepare for Tertiary. His passion for music influenced his choice of the course he is currently studying. He started off studying I.T however, after a year he realized he had other interests. He figured he’d study something in line with what he’s passionate about. Currently, Crak is a 3rd year sound engineering student at Emendy College.

Credits

In the year 2015, Crak was confirmed as a certified Pro Tools User after passing all their examinations. He also has on numerous occasions worked with Nigerian based artist, G Slim and is said to be inseparable from rapper and singer King Blake. They’re work chemistry and friendship is profound.

Connect with Cesar Ramos

Twitter: @CrakNoBeat
Instagram: @CrakNoBeat
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/craknobeat


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The Close-Up With Xhosa Rapper Lolo Vandal

Lolo Vandal

Rising talented Hip Hop freshman from the dusty streets of King William’s Town, Lolo Vandal, is back with new album title “Siyacela.” Lolo Vandal, whose real name is Zuxole Ngetu, is a young, conscious and focused artist, whose music is exciting and breath taking. He delivers fruitful and provoking lyrics in his home language “IsiXhosa”. He is a musician that uses the powerful voice given to him by God as his own instrument, displaying precision and agility, mixed with heartfelt emotion.

When he was 13 years old, he entered the booth and recorded his first classic. “I spent formative years soaking up all classics from any artist back then. I am from a musical family, I also explored my sister’s collection of Gospel artist’s. One day I heard Eminem & Pitch Black Afro and fell in love with their music. Few weeks later I decided to write my own songs using my home language. Since we lacked resources myself and Poster (my former group mate) used Dr Dre’s instrumental (The Message). After releasing that song, sharing it via Bluetooth people showed love and that was the start of it till today.” – Vandal said.

Vandal just finished working on his album titled “Siyacela” which is set to release on the 27th of April 2017. Two singles taken from the album are already out with visuals. Incwadi is an introduction song of the album “Siyacela”, a song designed for all dream chasers and believers out there. This song motivates and shares relevant information about the industry. Kudala is a tribute to South African music legends that is Kwaito influenced and is a song that takes down people’s music memory lane.

The rapper believes that Michael Jackson, Tupac Shakur, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar and many more are most influential internationally. Here in South Africa he is inspired by Trevor Noah, AKA, Zola 7, Cassper Nyovest, Bonang Matheba, and Dj Sbu just to mention a few.

Watch Lolo Vandal – Kudala (Official Music Video) here:

I am in my own lane I compete with no one but myself, and improving my craft everyday.” – Vandal

When asked about where he will be after 20 years, the Xhosa rapper said he believes that he will be the most respected, successful and happy billionaire with happy friends and family. His message to unearthing artists or someone interested in becoming an artist is – “be yourself, remember where you come from and never underestimate the power in you. Show love and respect all the time, anything is possible.

You can connect with Lolo Vandal via Facebook: facebook.com/lolovandalsa on Twitter you can follow: www.twitter.com/lolovandal for his music: www.soundcloud.com/lolovandal for videos on YouTube you can search: Lolo Vandal.

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King Blake arrives to address a lil’ Situation with her debut EP

King Blake

2017 is the year the King, amongst the Queens, truly begins her journey towards conquering the jungle that is the music industry. King Blake kicked off the year by announcing that she has joined the new sprung management – Future Genesis. She then released her first body of work, titled Situation EP. In this EP, she wins over hearts and ears of her listeners with her diverse and eccentric approach to the music ranging from the raps, her soothing vocals and a different sound that is owed to producer, CrakNoBeat.

The Producer, coincidentally, has also just joined Future Genesis, meaning this working combo will continue to bless the game with incredible music.

Who is King Blake? 

Lemogang Nonceba Mazwane, born 29th September 1992 in Krugersdorp (Johannesburg), is a South African independent recording singer/vocalist and rapper. She goes by the stage name “King Blake”. Because many females in the industry call themselves “queen” and since she aimed to be eccentric, considering how male dominated the field she took on is, she hailed herself “King”.

Her Musical Journey

Raised by parents who are music collectors, this may mark as the origin of her blossoming passion for music. King Blake’s talent became noticeable when she was around the early age of eight or nine and received attention from people who heard her sing.

“Most people think I’m a rapper or hip hop head but the truth is I’m a singer. I did many musicals in high school and I was in the church choir for a while. When I got into the studio for the first time, I jumped on a crunk beat and that’s how the rapping came about! It was all in the name of fun but as soon as people heard the song and liked it, I took my rapping skills seriously and started honing it from there. I believe I’ve finally found myself and my sound since that moment. I now enjoy rapping more than singing.”

Although it’s been only over 3 years since she started rapping, she does not intend to limit herself. “I’m an artist, so my sound tends to differ with every song I make. I don’t limit myself with the “rapper” title because I switch genres at times. I sing too, so I have RnB, gospel, house tracks and so on” she adds.

King Blake Educational Background

King Blake had taken up a course to study LLB Law through UNISA and only in her third year she decided to take a break from her studies and pursue music.

Up-close And Personal

King Blake

King Blake best describes herself as an introvert however, she is outspoken around a certain company; often people she’s close to. She’s a shy one but comes alive on stage “On stage, I’m very mean! I’m the jump on speakers and sing in the crowd kinda “mean””. When it comes to studio time, she’s a workaholic of note. “I’m calm and enjoy my own space more than anything. I’m not into the social scene, I’d rather be in studio or just indoors. I’m also into fitness and take my health seriously so that’s how I have fun. I’m very girly (believe it or not) hence my huge interest in fashion and make up etc.” Besides the music, she’s passionate about charity work mostly involving children, certifying her as a golden heart!

Credits

King Blake has worked with many other artists, to name a few being G Slim, HOV, fellow Pretoria based artists; Thibe Da Kid and Tahsaw. The most established artist she recently worked with is Patoranking on his latest album “GOE” (God Over Everything). She did vocals on a few of his tracks and also got to perform with him at one of his concerts when he was in the country. She’s had the opportunity to work with various other producers as well however, on her personal projects she’s always worked with producer, Cesar Ramos (CrakNobeat). They’ve been working together for almost four years and it may be added that their work chemistry is one of a grand kind.

Where to get King Blake’s Music

King Blake

Peep this channel! She’s built quite an impressive catalogue.
https://soundcloud.com/user-302901730
https://www.audiomack.com/album/justkingblake

Connect with King Blake here:

King Blake’s Social Media Platforms
Twitter @JustKingBlake_
Instagram @JustKingBlake_
 

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Meet Nokuphila Hlophe An Authentic, Driven and Ambitious Young Woman

Nokuphila Hlophe

Tell us a little bit about yourself

My name is Nokuphila Hlophe and I am an authentic, driven and ambitious young woman. I also consider myself a sophisticated woman who knows who she is and what she wants.

What inspired you to start what you are doing?

What inspired me is my late mother who used to sing Ringo Madlingozi’s songs to me when I was young. Being in the school choir as well has pushed me to sing more. So I adapted to music through that, though I say I am gifted and not talented.

What projects you are currently working on and which project is going to release the first in the coming days?

Currently I am not working on any projects.

Which celebrities do you believe are most influential?

Solange Knowles, Adele, Erykah Badu and Jhene Aiko.

On what do you spend the most: Clothes, gadgets, accessories or anything else?

I spend most on data lately.

Are you a bathroom singer?

No, not really but I sing when I bake.

Whom do you love the most, your parents, friends, siblings or yourself?

I love God most and then me first before anybody else.

What do you do when you not working?

I usually write lyrics, jam with the church band, and play around with songs.

Where do you see yourself amongst the competition?

I see myself at the top. Nowhere else, but at the top.

Where do you think you will be after 20 years?

In the next 20 years I see myself singing to millions of people around the world, owning a youth choir, owning a pastry shop and café. Traveling the world with my five kids and husband and just to continue flourishing for the next 20 years.

Do you have any motivational message you want to pass to upcoming artists or someone interested in becoming an artist?

The impossible can always be possible, as long as you believe then you will achieve the impossible. What matters is you and what you need.

How can people get in touch with you?

People can get in touch with me via Instagram @nokuphila_h, Twitter: @Phila_L, Facebook: NokuphilaHlophe and Email: [email protected]

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