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Is South African Hip Hop A Weird Place?

Is South African hip hop a weird place? Well, this is the verdict of one of the industry’s major talents, Khuli Chana, who Cassper Nyovest call his idol.

Actually there is nothing novel about Khuli Chana’s sentiments. What he said had previously been declaimed by other artistes, including DJ Vigilante and the family Tree boss, Cassper Nyovest.

The major criticism of South African hip hop, which Khuli Chana reopened in a recent statement, is the lack of authenticity in the hip hop industry in Mzansi. It is said that most rappers in hip hop sound more like Americans.

This might be true, at least in the case of Tweezy, who recently admitted to sampling the sound of the late American rapper Pop Smoke.

The debate is still raging on, and it appears like it would rage on for a long time – perhaps until Mzansi artistes liberate themselves from the trap of American sound. Do South African hip hop artistes actually sound American like some artistes are claiming?

Well, what do you think of Khuli Chana’s statement that South Africa’s music industry is a weird place? You might wish to join the conversation by dropping your thoughts in the comment section below.

John Israel A

John is a language hedonist whose other pastime, besides writing, is reading up on politics and holding leaders to account. He believes the world can be better and is working behind the scenes to actualize that.

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