The lyrics of AKA and Nasty C’s “Lemons (Lemonade)” explore the idea of turning life’s challenges into opportunities. The track, which features on AKA’s album “Mass Country,” was released in September 2022 and has already gained significant popularity among fans of the South African hip-hop scene.
The opening lines of the song introduce the idea of coming back from adversity, with AKA saying “Uh pardon me uh, as I comeback!” This sets the tone for the rest of the song, which celebrates resilience and the ability to turn negative experiences into something positive.
Throughout the track, both AKA and Nasty C reflect on their own experiences, with AKA referencing the tough times when his “friends were few,” but ultimately finding strength in his ability to turn that pain into “fuel.” Nasty C, meanwhile, reflects on his experiences as a Black man in South Africa, where he says he could “die” simply because of the color of his skin.
Despite these challenges, both artists remain optimistic and determined to succeed. As AKA raps, “People say ‘Hip hop died,’ that’s nonsense / Thank God they showed their true colours / Switched up piano like vultures.” This line suggests that even when others may have given up, he continues to evolve and adapt, turning his own “lemons” into “lemonade.”
Nasty C’s verse focuses more on the present, where he describes his own success as a rapper and how he remains true to himself even in the face of criticism. He talks about the challenges of being a Black man in South Africa, but also celebrates the resilience of the people and the beauty of the country itself.
Throughout the song, both artists emphasize the importance of staying true to oneself and not giving up in the face of adversity. They celebrate the idea of turning “lemons to lemonade” and finding success in even the most difficult circumstances. With its catchy chorus and optimistic message, “Lemons (Lemonade)” is a powerful anthem for anyone facing challenges and looking for inspiration to keep going.
AKA – Lemons (Lemonade) Ft. Nasty C
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