Download and stream the PGTV mixtape by PurvGang, on Datpiff.
To know more about this crazy rap crew from Soweto, lookout for their interview with Lavatory Records – coming soon.
Also do check out the music video for their song WTBWMD, off the PGTV mixtape.
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.
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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?
Reason(left) with Falcone(right) at the launch of Reason’s Audio HD Album
“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.
Check out the Master Chef Toast Vlog for the International Mixtape Franchise Volume 1, via the Lavatory Records TV Youtube Channel.
Don’t forget to check out his latest project, called Home Made and also the interview we had with Master Chef Toast. The follow up interview to come in August..keep your eyes on our website for that!
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.
After releasing #Sandcastles in early 2014, Chron Burgundy is back with a follow up project. Chron (previously known as Foul-Play to some), went right back in the studio and worked on his much anticipated second solo offering, titled Play By The Rules.
Play By The Rules was released on the 29th of May 2015. Unlike #Sandcastles, Play By The Rules has very minimal features but notable appearances are made from Nic Blaze (who featured alongside Chron on Falcone’s single: The Drug Cartel) , Rawtek, Chron’s band-mates from the group Sounds Intense; Paragon and Uni-VERSE – who brought you the Money In The Bank single, as well as Slyme (a renowned battle rapper on the Scrambles 4 Money battle circuit).
Chron Burgundy’s interview with Lavatory Records will be out on the 8th of June 2015! Look out for that interview and in the mean time, please stream or download Play By The Rules.
Download Body Of Proof by ImproPoe from Rap/Hip Hop crew: Revivolution. The album was released on the 28th of April 2015.
ImproPoe who will feature in the weeks to come on the Lavatory Records site, was intent on putting his lyricism on show on this project. He had this to say when asked as to why listeners must get the album:
“Doesn’t matter what type of rap you do….FEAR ME! Whoever you are rapper, just realise that you are not the best. I AM!” – ImproPoe
Keep your eyes out for the ImproPoe interview and don’t forget to download or stream the Body Of Proof tape.
If anyone has heard the song “9 Elements” by KRS-ONE off his release, Kristyles; he breaks down the elements of Hip Hop. KRS-ONE makes a profound mention of kids growing up in white suburbia when he says:
“Skaters, BMX bike-riders rock
Don’t you ever stop! You are hip-hop
You doing the same things we did on our block in the suburbs
You know you be packing that black block…”
This quote serves as an ode that hip-hop is now a composite of diverse sounds and welcomes the contribution of white rappers into it. The common infusion of “Rock and Roll” has borne the emergence of “Rap-Rock“, since the inception of acts like The Fat Boys, The Beastie Boys, Kid Rock, Eminem and other similar fair-skinned contributors. It is commonly accepted that the trend started with Run DMC’s collaboration with Aerosmith back in the 1980s.