Bubbling under from the Free State.

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So the other day i got a direct message on instagram from @doingmeforaliving (Peter Papers) about doing an interview with BlaQBeatz_ZA and i got to admit i haven’t done blog posts/ interviews in a while but i was like okay I’m up for it it’ll be good to bring back some old traits although i had some doubts about doing this since this interview I’ve conducted three more (still under drafting) and my doubts stem from Tumblr being no longer a thing i thought it’s the same for all blogs and as usual with my guessing i was wrong.

Fast foward a date & time was set up & the interview was conducted over text “WhatsApp” and below is how it went

You Good G? Also What name do we use here Ayanda or your stage name ?

@⁨BlaQBeatz_ZA⁩

So stage name it is huh? Awesome i like that…if i may i ask why did you want to do this interview ?

Basically for exposure i got a single dropping soon with Dibi, an artist who appeared on BET cyphers, who should’ve been on the Vuzu Hustle season 2 & who won Freshman Hype of the year.

Right right but let’s try and focus on you a little, BlaQBeatz for those who don’t know you especially the readers here. I’m sure they’d like to connect with the person BlaQBeatz/Ayanda mind giving us a young summary about who BlaQBeatz is more like that young question asked on survey’s or when you signing up for a social media profile or on a job interview actually yeah bio in your own words note I’ve read the pdf bio but can u describe who blaQBeatz is off the top of your Dome ?

Uhmm BlaQBeatz is a producer/engineer & co-founder of a record label/creative agency from Free State. 
I was born on the 29th of March 1997 Government name (Ayanda). I’m not a producer of only one specific genre only but I can finesse other genres as well.
In terms of signing up on social media, my handles are;
Facebook page: BlaQBeatz ZA
Instagram: @blaqbeatz_za
I’m still a student studying “Sound Engineering & Audio Engineering” here in Bloemfontein. Uhmm this year is my final year so I’ll be graduating soon.

Can you name these other genres your capable of doing? Also is it only production or you can do sound Hocking and all that?

Dance/New Age Rnb/Dancehall/Boom Trap/Boombap. Those are the main genre’s whereby I could say that I’m blessed with the skill & talent of producing them.
Yeah I can do mixing/mastering/beat production/record artists/ work with film directors in terms of soundtrack also in mixing & mastering for a movie etc. I can also do radio jingles, run a record label because I know alot about the music business & work with live analog setups for events or shows.

Mmmmh guess your knowledge about this music thing is broad but if i may ask why production i mean for some it’s a calling some stumbled on fruity loops at an early age some say they ivision sound as visuals for you why production ? What inclined you to production?

I could say its the homies that I used to hangout with back in primary days. I mean we were youngings at that time aspiring to become rappers but we lacked beats. 
So that’s when I took a step to venture into beat production so that we can never suffer from shortage of beats. It was back in 2010, no producer in my hood wanted to vibe with us because you know egos…

Yeap I’m very well aware of egos and talking about egos how far you wanna take this craft like let’s say for this 2020 to 2030 decade any projections plus who inspires you production wise ?

I want to expand bro because now, me & my team we’ve been discussing on alotta things like how we gonna work on our marketing/promotion strategy in order to create buzz in the streets.
We’ve got alot of fire content ready to drop throughout the year. I’m dropping a beat tape in June & hopefully an EP with different artists in the hip hop scene of SA who are on the come up as well and Dr Dre, Lex Luger, Kanye, Spikiri, Metro Booming, Noah 40 (Drakes producer specifically his early work) just to name a few those are people who inspire me in production.

Do you know anything about making your music available to platforms like Apple music Spotify ? Because that’s where the streams money is at including availability of your music worldwide plus anyone anywhere can Shazam it.

Yes you need a distribution & publishing company in order for your music to be placed on those platforms but me & my team have noticed that there is no point placing our music on those platforms when we don’t have enough fan base & buzz.
So for now till further notice we will be using sites like AudioMack & Souncloud to secure enough fan base & buzz

Oh i see & If I may ask how you plan on building that fan base ?

Investing in a marketing team.

All the best in your craft my G i see you’ve pretty much answered everything i wanted to ask but i usually end every interview with the interviewee /artist giving words of encouragement to anyone/ any kids who’s also on the same journey as u especially black ghetto kids.

I’m honoured bro. We also appreciate your generosity to putting this effort to make it work bro. I’d like to urge every black kid to never give up on their dreams no matter how many obstacles occure in their journey.
Thank you bro for giving us the platform to promote ourself. May you be blessed for eternity G,
Keep on showing some love to the underground hip hop movement.

Twitter: BlaQBeatz_ZA

Facebook: BlaQbeatz  ZA

Instagram: blaqbeatz_za  

& below it’s his full bio

Ayanda ‘Revelation Benedict’ Khuse Born on the 29th of March 1997 in a small town in the Free State named Virginia.  A multi-talented versatile South African producer & co-founder of Broken; an independent media house based in Bloemfontein, South Africa.  The company’s founders come from situations where they had to work with broken equipment/people and they still made the best from the situations they were placed in.  When in studio he goes by his producer alias BlaQbeatz. Mostly known for his international & impeccable quality of hard hitting Atlanta trap & African sounds.  BlaQBeatz is from a proud Xhosa heritage and has strong ancestral belief which he believe guides him.   He discovered his love & fascination for music at the tender age of eight fiddling around with his father’s Hi-Fi stereo & at the age of fourteen year-old he ventured into production after been introduced to production by the likes of Dr Dre, Lex Luger, Timberland and the legendary Mandla Spikiri.  In his first year of high school, BlaQBeatz began to produce beats using one of the DAW software programmes known as Fruity Loops focusing heavily on his hard hitting 808’s, articulation of harmonies in his melodies & African sounds. His new wave trap sound is mostly influenced by the likes of Metro Booming, Wondergurl, 40 (Who produces for Drake), Murda Beatz, Martin Sky, ZayToven, Mike Will Made It and most of the Atlanta based producers.  Towards mid-2017, BlaQBeatz worked with one of the emerging local artists Osiiiris. They both worked on an EP titled “The BlaQ in Osiiiris” & also produced a single for P-$tash, a Virginia based native, long-time friend and collaborator titled “Dream”.  BlaQBeatz is currently studying sound engineering at PAS media academy in Bloemfontein and is consistently working on music whether his own music or producing for others.   He also plans to release more content through his co-founded media agency and business with his business partner Peter Papers.   

Dreams Delayed Are Not Dreams Denied.

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Had the pleasure of interviewing Sniper before he drops his anticipated mixtape DDANDD.
Who is sniper? Well I’ll just give a general description more details in the interview:
He is one of the up and coming indie artists a new wave that is still in it’s early stages in South Africa.
By indie i mean “independent” and how do i know him?
Well i got the chance to go and be his photographer one time at a album launch or was it a mixtape😞? well it was hosted by J-Smash and Sniper was suppose to perfom but didn’t get the chance to, Due to complications and how hostile the crowd got…well to put it in proper terms there were technical issues….but this kid was so eagered even with the issues the boy pushed and pushed it just couldn’t happen.
From that experience i got proof to start believing in the Drive the young homie has and so i came up with a plan to contribute to the anticipation of his tape dropping on the 9th of November 2018 read the details below;

For anyone who don’t know you just give me a brief description of who sniper is also include Full names
i feel that would be very neccesary

My name is Ndamulelo Tony Matala.
Sniper is just a kid from the hood with big dreams and aims to inspire and help others chase their dreams.

Which hood?

I’m from waterval

You know there are a number of “Watervals” around the World right? Hit me with coordinates

Africa/South Africa/Limpopo/Vhembe Destrict/Elim/Waterval

Owh the 015…that’s dope thats dope but since you an artist how many artirst from that hood u know are killing it ? And how u plan on killing it too?

I KNOW 2 that are killing it Dala Fam and Roy Machel,
I plan on paving my own path and just setting myself aside from them as in growing in my own way.

I hope you succeed on your quest man wishing you all the best now that we have covered the intro lets get to business ;
DREAMS DELAYED ARE NOT DREAMS DENIED enlighten us on this EP
what is it about? And what does it mean to you and your journey?

Well for some time i have had ups and very serious downs
so basically Dreams Delayed Are Not Dreams Denied it’s me telling anyond that has thoughts of giving up that your time will come patience and hard work is key

Damn that’s a very touching subject especially since the recent passing of HHP (may his soul rest eazy🙏)

HHP’s passing is sad but it also gave me life.
Anyday life can roll the dice on you
so everyday you wake up alive is another chance to chase your dreams.

✊ i feel you my G….moving along
how many tracks are in the EP?

Honestly I’m not quite sure yet, could be 12 or more or even less😆

Lol but are you sure about it dropping on the 9th? That’s the millon dollar question

yes yes i am very sure!

Alright alright any features we should look foward to?

Yes i have Roy Machel a nigga of mine and Dala Fam on the project…more surprises dont wanna jinx it just wait..

Awesome awesome this is about to be lit just wanted to keep this young interview short just to give your fans and fans to be some insight.
Any final words?
A quote Maybe ?

My final words are DREAMS DELAYED ARE NOT DREAMS DENIED !

Instagram @snipercrackhead

“Free My Niggas”

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We caught up with “The OD Sniper,” Roy Machel for a quick interview after a recording session in the ever-busy downtown, Johannesburg.

For those who don’t know yet, Machel is a South African rapper born in Elim, Limpopo. He put out his first single titled “The Fall” early this year and has been showing enormous growth with each release. 

What’s happening, man? It’s great to finally have a seat with you to learn more about you and your content-filled music 

“Yeah yeah. Im glad to be here my g”

Briefly describe who Roy is.What do you do?

“Uhm…..Roy is a rapper,song writer”

What inspired you to do what you’re doing?

“I’ve alway found this hiphop culture fascinating from early age,the lifestyle,the attitude,the messages behind the bars and shit…I’ve always wanted people to hear my opion on things,and hiphop was the only thing i thought would get my truth out there. From an early age”

How have your experiences been in the industry?

“We still on the come up,we still in the kitchen cooking up. I’m learning as much as i can about the industry. Studio time,team meetings and stuff been hella nice. So I’m kinda prepared”

What are you currently working on?

“A whole lot of things, but you should be on the look out for my debut EP titled Heartbreak Weekend. You can expect that anytime this year”

What can people expect from your EP?

“The Truth. A story about change.”

How would you describe your music?

“Street poetry, the black truth. That might be a bit too much. But im just on my street pastor steez. I’m a trapstar, but i wouldn’t call my music trap. I just make music”

How do you differentiate your sound/music from the “present/commercial” daily sound?

“The sound is authentic,everything is real. Own concepts, flows… I’m not trying to make something just to appeal to the peaple, I’m doing it my way, the real way”

Who have you worked with previously, or even recently?

“Once worked on something with a childhood homie of couple years back. Currently its just myself and my producer, Deckstar who’s just changed his name to “Lincoln Long” (laughs). I’m trying to collaborate as little as possible right now because we still got a lot of ideas and moods to put out first”

Are you currently signed with any record label?

“Yeah. Im with OD”

What’s OD, for those who don’t know?

“OD is a record label, Ohne Dämpfer Music, which means ‘without a mute’ in english. Its a movement about to revolutionize the music scene”

What’s your ultimate goal in the industry?

“The throne abviously,but i also want to help myself and others jump out the system. Instead of doing whats expected from you,do what you expect from you. If you have a dream, pursue that no matter what your parents or friends will say”

What inspires you?

“Life. My life experiences, you know. The things I come across in this jungle”


What should people expect from you in a near/distant future?
“Geniune music, geniune music”

Most rappers or musicians believe they are what ‘the game’ needs, what do you think sets you apart?

“Like I said, I don’t just do it just to appeal to the people, I do it because it has to be done. It was written”

If there was one thing you would like people to remember you for, what would it be?

“That I did it my way”

Thank you very much for your time and all the best with the dream, man 

“Thank you and thanks for the interview”

Follow the links below to stream and download Merchant by Roy Machel. You can also follow him on Twitter or like his Facebook page from the links provided. 

Until our next story, keep on making history!

Merchant: 

Twitter: @roymachel_od

Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/roymachelod

TSA NOBODY ELSE.

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One thing I’m good at is sleeping on local(RSA) musicians especially ones that are still on the come up but thank Goodness i did not sleep on TSA even though i was about to, for those of you who don’t know “TSA nobody else” allow me to introduce you.
I remember when i first got to know of his twitter account and one thing about me I’m the type of person if you got mad quality VISUALS on your social media account I’ll most definitely follow you no matter who you are…so just after viewing his images i clicked follow afterwards his data file Host links appeared on my timeline and i would just scroll through without checking them out until yesterday when i saw the link for ““Throw me off”” i guess i was curious or something when i clicked on it but just after downloading and listening to the song right away i started to research about this dude cause bro? i wasn’t expecting a jam like that from a South African artist, the first thing was to Google his tumblr account and the bio reads as follows

“Zolile Mcelu (born June 24, 1992) – better known by his rap alias TSA, is a South African recording artist and songwriter from Johannesburg. TSA has named Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Drake, The Weeknd and Childish Gambino amongst others as his influences.

He has quantified Marshall Bruce Mathers (also known as Eminem) as his favourite rap musical outfit of all time, and influenced not only by his music, but day-to-day animation, in his awkwardly humorous demeanour.

Growing up, Mcelu mattered to playing soccer and aspired to play at a professional level before discovering hip hop. When he was around 11 years old his mother bought him his first hip hop album “The Eminem Show” (in most cases a very unorthodox gift for a juvenile minor, considering the explicit lyrical content) . After obtaining a copy of the album Mcelu became absorbed in music, recording and mixing his own songs in his make-shift studio within the comfort of his bedroom.”

then

i also found info about the photographer/creative director behind TSA but I’m not entirely sure about the creative director thing all i know is his part of
nobodyelse.co.za .

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bambathajones.tumblr.com
twitter @bambathaJones
soundcloud bambatha jones

there’s this one jam titled “Hunger Pains” this is the jam that really made me believe that TSA can deliver.

http://soundcloud.com/tsanobodyelse/hunger-pains-prod-by-gusheshe-music

So now I’m guessing you now know who TSA is and what his about all that’s left is for you to support the kid and I’m no prophet or anything in that sense but i believe his NEXT not only in RSA but worldwide…to the musicians that are still reigning at the moment y’all should better watch out!
nobodyelse.co.za
tumblr tsanobodyelse
twitter @tsanoboyelse
facebook TsaNobodyElse
Soundcloud Tsanobodyelse

MY OPINION; THESE ARE THE BEST HIP HOP VISUALS IN RSA

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RICKY RICK -BOSS ZONKE: https://youtu.be/gKvYTikVVpM

The Day Ricky rick  dropped this music video for his single Boss Zonke I said that these are the best hip hop visuals by far in RSA even to date I still stand by my statement, Now let me explain why these visuals are the best. It was really not because of the content in the video but the concept. I mean I’ve seen so many concepts some greater than this one in South Africa but whoever came up with them had a great vision but not great visual ideas if we compare with this one. I mean you can see as you watch the video that it’s very simple yet very effective it’s  just people (cool people) dancing in slow motion,
some singing/rapping along to the song then comes the dude in white wearing a pair of suede carvela loafers doing the taxi driver dance…eish 👌 it’s very simple yet very effective and so damn original. Of course the  camera angles and distance also gives the video great quality but the faded filter, that slow motion and the scenes at the end showing RSA’s street culture leaders became the icing on the cake.   https://youtu.be/gKvYTikVVpM
But Hey, that’s my opinion watch it and share me yours.

Runaway (Full-length Film)

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This is not a piece of art, this is Art in full. Published back in 2010 runaway is a short film by kanye west that features a compilation of songs from his album ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’ and it shows a romantic relationship between a man and a half human half pheonix, read the full storyline here on wikipedia and make sure you watch it here; http://youtu.be/Jg5wkZ-dJXA

Expirience by Jaden Smith.

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Jaden Smith just released a free music app called ‘jaden Expirience’ which features his latest hip hop album the Cool Tape Volume 2 (CTV2), Visual artworks and some unique controls. The app can be used online or offline and it is available on both Google play store and itunes store.

Make sure you get it and enjoy 🙂 !

Vibes

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Ladies and gentleman I present to you VIBES! This is a Hip Hop album by an american Rapper Theophilus London, whose Executive Producer is the mighty and legendary Kanye West, Yes! It will be released on the 4th of November and me? I am pretty excited about it for the following reasons;
1 It features the likes of Jesse Boykins III, Devnote hynes, Soko. and Leon Ware
2 I listened to one of the tracks in VIBES titled “Can’t Stop” which features a Kanye West verse which is reminiscent of the old school Kanye.
3 IT’S BY THEOPHILUS LONDON, Duh!! I’ve been waiting for this dude to release an album since Timez Are Weird These Days cause I was hooked to his stuff after hearing it.

So, if you want something different from what you usually hear on radio something with soul, meaning and VIBES I recommend that you get this album, also when you Pre order you get 3 tracks instantly;
smarturl.it/TLVibes

And for more on the album go to;

theophiluslondon.com/

Pro Tools Beat Making

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Illimind will be in the studio ‘tonight’ walking anyone in the world through some production techniques(all thanks to the Internet). Illmind has produced records for ‘Kanye West, Good Music, 50 Cent, Eminem, too many to name ||…’ (That was straight from his instagram aaccount.) He is a producer that is I think anyone who considers themselves a hip hop producer should already know by now, I’ll talk more about this in another post.

For now just click here to enroll for free and enjoy the session

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