Download and/or stream the Life Is So Hard E.P. by Yang Cil. The young rapper from Mpumalanga, South Africa has a rap style that is infused with R&B.
He is an artist who bases his music on emotive connectivity, by turning the melancholic into positive motivation. Yang Cil will be featured on the Lavatory Records website in an interview to come on Monday the 28th of September.
Until then, don’t forget to check out the Life Is So Hard E.P., available for free download and streaming. You can also show support for Yang Cil by purchasing My Girl and I’m Leaving You singles from the iTunes store.
Also check him out on SoundCloud.
Special Mentions to DJ International Wigg, for the co-sign and helping to push the IMF Movement. You can follow him on Twitter: @djwigg
DJ Chronic for the help on the audio engineering and mixing on the tape! He came through in a big way for us. You can follow him on Facebook.
Shout out to these various contributors and DJs on the skits: C-Styles from the Coke Boys(USA/Nigeria), Dj That Naledi (SouthAfrica),Dj Faisca (Angola) ,Dj Deck Burner (#Nigeria) and Dj Bleed (Germany).
Shout out to Boss Brain Entertainment for the hard work, the network and all round being great partners. Get them on Facebook and on Twitter: @BossBrainEnt.
All importantly – the artists who contributed to the tape and TeeMan Chaser for the IMF Vol 1 cover artwork too. A big thank you and eternal gratitude from us at Lavatory Records.
Purchase the single entitled Hol’ Up by Tre featuring Swayzi and YungMi on iTunes and Amazon. The single was officially released on the 25th of July 2015. It is finally out after some unforeseen technical delays.
If you do not know anything about Tre, please read our interview with him by clicking here. Hol’ Up will always be on the IMF Volume 1 mixtape hosted by Lavatory Records and Boss Brain Entertainment, to be released on the 28th of August 2015. Check out Tre’s blog below via the Tre Channel on YouTube.
South African rapper, Reason, has found himself in a litany (excuse the pun) of controversy. This is because of the artwork of his album which depicts Jesus carrying two naked women. This has led to a backlash from some public members who believe this was in bad taste. Not only is the public upset by this, but Reason who says he thought he “would create dialogue” has also lost sponsorship over this. Many have argued that when it comes to people’s religious beliefs it is best to tread carefully. Read the full article published on Destiny Connect and you be the judge. Is it blasphemy or artistic creativity?
“I am the best…” ImproPoe is highly unapologetic about blatantly stating that he has issued a stern warning out to all rappers/emcees out there! His signal of intent is that he has set the bar high and everyone else must just catch up to it, since he released his tape Body of Proof.
On his debut offering, the man born as Moeketsi Shaun Motlhakoana has “embodied” his “proof” lyrically. ImproPoe has put himself on the line, by encompassing his ability to solely carry an album/mixtape in a way that is reminiscent of Redman! Must be the light skinned/high yellow skin tone for one, but also that ability to just rap about anything (randomly) and innately make it sound dope!
While on the subject of light skinned rappers, Ludacris once declared on his hit song “Number One Spot” that “Nobody light-skinded reppin’ harder since Ice-T!” ImproPoe has put himself in that conversation as going for that very spot.
In this feature with Lavatory Records, ImproPoe talks about his style of rap, the Revivolution clique and more.
With hip-hop’s entire obsession with the “finer things in life” – the bling-bling, fancy cars, hot women and stacks of cash notes flying around – these images are what have become synonymous with rap and hip-hop music. It is rather refreshing to see another side to the music – the socially conscious aspect.
Sling Short is one of the emcees that have seen a gap and decided to flip the coin and bring that other side of hip-hop/rap to the industry. Earning the name Papa Slinga Linga, is down to the respect he has been able to ascertain from his days of battle rapping in the streets of Johannesburg. The streets have needed to turn to an elder, who better but a self-made man, who exemplifies social responsibility, enterprise and great work ethic? His tenured dedication to hitting cypher/freestyle spots, development of the craft and embodiment of collaboration has endeared himself to many within the community. This lead to him being featured by artists such as Hymphatic Thabs and the late Robo The Technician (may his soul rest in peace), and regular performances at numerous events across the city.
The man known by day as Tiro Dire was born and raised on the streets of Pimville Zone 5 in Soweto. Sling Short is a founding member of the group Assylum TrRribe and renown as an astute battle emcee with a style that infuses consciousness, with a hard-core lyrical delivery.
“Hold it down!” – was the projected and exclaimed command Chron Burgundy gave to the chatty, restless crowd. The phrase that he’s now known for, was initially coined during his days when he officiated and did the time-keeping for the now dormant Art of War battles league.
Chron always ensured rappers “played by the rules” by keeping it ‘official’. This has now transcended into his raps/music and “hold it down” for local hip-hop heads. He’s still calling fouls (expletives), although he’s no longer known as “Foul”. He was also a contributing writer for the South African hip-hop publication Hype Magazine, some time ago. This experience may have contributed to making him the “Ron Burgundy” (a movie character played by Will Ferrell in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy) of hip-hop – the Anchorman who holds the show down. Though his style is not based as far back as the 1970s – Chron still keeps it “old school”.
The man who dropped his first solo project #Sandcastles in 2014, serves as one-third of the group, Sounds Intense. The group released their single Money In the Bank on the 8th of May 2015. Chron took time out to speak with Lavatory Records about his journey into hip-hop, the change of names, TTE (TitusTrack Entertainment) and much more.