N.A.H Top 20 (March)

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Introducing a new and long overdue addition to New Age History. Once a month we will give you our top 20 songs. The list is in no particular order so worry not if your favorite song is last. It’s ok to be last on this list. Comment in the comments section to let us know what you think and which songs you think should be featured. Here are March’s top 20 songs: 

1. Kanye West – Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1 (Ft. Kid Kudi)

  
Taken off Yeezy’s TLOP. Kanye teams up with Kid Kudi once again. This song just gives me peace. Not the part where he talks about feeling like an asshole and all that comes before that though. Yeezy really inspires creativity and being true to oneself and I think that’s really important in the world. 

2. Jaden Smith – 4My1

  This has to be the first song I actually listened to by Jaden. I didn’t understand the song until he rapped/sang ‘what is you talkin bout?’ Having no clue what he was talking about, I had to play it again, and again, and again. I’m with the vibe.

3. PARTYNEXTDOOR – No Feelings (Ft. Travis Scott)

  
Well this song’s certainly not new. Sounds from the 6. Party links up with Travis Scott on this weed, codeine and cocaine induced. Though I do not promote the substances, the results do speak. I’m not sure about the implications of the last line. Just get the song.

4. G-Eazy – Order More (Ft. Starrah)

  
Gerald sure wasn’t playing any games on his latest record. Starrah let’s it be known that ordering is, at the very least, ok. G-Eazy sings his verses which is a great contrast from all the, more than, solid raps he delivered throughout the album.

5. Travis Scott – Wonderful (Ft. The Weekend)

    
It’s great to hear the variety of Scott’s creations. The rapper works with The Weeknd to make my kinda party song. Well, these days. Maybe sometimes. 

6. Johnny Rain – Dance

    
Dance is from Jonny’s latest EP dubbed EP1. 81 BPM as he talks about pills, not giving a fuck, and that’s not even why I like this song. Partly, perhaps partly. If you’ve been keeping up with Johnny Rain, I’m sure you’ll appreciate his musical evolution and journey. The 22 year old Carlifonia artist sounds really happy on this song which is not very typical of him.

7. Coldplay – Adventure Of A Lifetime

    
Coldplay have been around for more than just some time now. Having long certified themselves as great artists, they still push the boundary. I suspect Adventure of a Lifetime and it’s incredible video is gonna be one of my favorite songs for a long time.

8. Jazz Cartier – Sticks and Move

    
I was put on to Jazz a year ago by a homie of mine. Sticks and Move is off Jazz’s latest project titled Hotel Paranoia. On one of the songs he says he be turning down features cos he can do it better himself. He’s proven that to be true with his musical abilities. I would still like to hear him on a song with Big Sean, but whatever.

9. Quentin Miller – Newton Freestyle 

    
What would 2015 be without Q.M? Well, I know 2016 wouldn’t have been quite the same for me if he hadn’t released this song. Bonafide theme song quite some time now. 

10. Kirk Knight – Ground Running

    
Has Kirk Knight been releasing for a long time? If so, please let me know where to find his music. After seeing the Brooklyn producer and rapper on an interview a very long time ago, I have been eagerly waiting for his own project. I have been following a lot of his work on various projects he featured on as a producer. Ground Running is from Knight’s debut album titled Late Knight Special. 

11. Pusha T – MTFR (Ft. The Dream)

    
The Dream’s beeen working. No typo. Pusha T’s last 10 track project has quite a number of features, but this one has to be my favorite. This is really the song I want to hear at the club. It reeks luxury. Weird combination of words, but you get what I’m saying right? 

12. 2 Chainz & Lil Wayne – Section 

    
Hey, they got London On The Track. Rocking Polo pajamas and shitting on niggas. 2 Chainz and Tunechi sound like they’re on top of things with this joint. 2 Chainz delivered really well on the hook and both rappers spit solid verses to match that. 

13. Drake – Summer Sixteen 

    
Apparently this is the first single from Drake’s “Views From the 6” record. The song samples Brian Bennet and The Winans. The latter being one of my favorite Gospel groups. If Views will sound anything like this then I’m really happy because he will be rapping more. Guess we’ll have to wait and see.

14. Rihanna – Needed Me 

    
Needed me is from Rihanna’s eighth studio album. On this Mustard produced song, she shows exactly why she’s BadGalRiri. She beautifully breaks a nigga’s heart and puts it out there she was needed. Hey, man. It’s Rihanna

15. Ari Lennox – Backseat (Ft. Cozz)

    
Ari Lennox is a new signee on Cole’s Dreamville. I’ve always been a sucker for vocals and I I fell in love with Lennox’s voice at first listen. I don’t much about her besides the fact that she’s from Washington, D.C. and her soundcloud account has a lot of great songs so go and stream. Certainly hope her full length project or EP will drop soon.

16. Bas – Black Owned Business

    
I waited a long time for Bas’s album and it was truly worth the wait. “My brother, he told me some niggas just wanna be safe and some niggas just wanna be great.” One of my favorite lines from the song. This song motivates to really be about my business.

17. Kendrick Lamar – Untitled 07 (2014 – 2016)

    
I won’t lie. I became a true Kendrick Lamar fan on his last album “To Pimp a Butterfly.” I don’t know if it was the incredible outro, the beauty in the message, I don’t know. Just when you think he’s done, Lebron makes it possible for us to get more music. This is one of my favorites from the project.

18. Tory Lanez – Tim Duncan

    
Tory Lanez continues to inspire and amaze me with his work ethic. After dropping two mixtapes in the Summer, the Toronto artist continues to drop great work. This is one of the two singles I have been playing back to back and couldn’t decide on which one to choose. I think I made a good choice.

19. London Grammar – Wicked Game

    
This is not really a new song. It’s just timeless to me. 

20. Amir Obe – One Night Thing 

    
I came across Amir’s EP about a week ago from writing this, maybe two. I liked the whole project. Won’t Find Love In The Hills (name of EP) is the first and only work I have heard from the artist and am certainly in anticipation of more great music.

Well, there you have. Leave your comments below. Let us know what you think and don’t forget to give us your suggestions 

MR 1802

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Remember a post i did on @Denier_M(matimu sithole)? well that very same guy introduced me to Mr 1802 an artist i met at 012central Rooftop exhibition an event that was hosted by Adriaan Louw where they were showcasing pictures taken at an #instawalk in Pretoria and 3 of Mr 1802’s images were featured.
How it happed- Denier invited me and he introduced us then we exchanged instagram accounts then 20+ days  later i hit him up and asked if we could meet up for an interview and he agreed fast forward to Friday 27/10/2015 Mr 1802 landed in midrand and we went to MacDonald’s where the interview took place.
I made him pay for his own food though(sorry bruh money problems)
read the interview below.

me:
Describe nhlanhla for me.

uhm…cool dude, Ok not your average cool dude not that braam guy but yeah a cool dude….
(As he was explaining a man who told us his a MacDonald’s supervisor asked ‘what is a cool dude?)
you know when they say your cool? being cool is when you influence people in a good way Like Kanye i know you might think his big headed and his so full of himself but look at it this way he influences a whole lot of people/kids when it comes to fashion,music and i know you might say he curses in his music or whatever but being cool is all about influencing people in a good way
(then the “MacDonald’s supervisor” asked so you wanna be the same as well?)
yes with what i do. I’m a Photographer i also wanna do fashion and influence people in a good way with what i do.
(“McDonald’s supervisor” ‘do you know that kanye makes money out of that?’ after that question he started to explain stuff about the devil etc then the conversation went to a moment of silence for a few seconds luckily his phone rings)

me:
Lets get back to the subject matter.

(“McDonald’s supervisor” interrupts after hanging up his phone and says ‘myself i get paid to sit here and answer phone calls while i watch you guys chilling and talking when month end comes R45000 enters my bank account right now I’m off to the office’ then he stands up and come to our table and tells nhlanhla ‘your eating poison here cancer’ then walks off)

nhlanhla:
Okay….i was still saying i love art that’s why I’m doing photography…
(“McDonald’s supervisor” interrupt again ‘good luck with your photography!’ while walking away)

nhlanhla:
Sure, Check out my instagram account @nhlanhla1802…So i love art i feel like art can change the world man, art not being a drawing or painting but anything that is creative and beautiful that’s art for me, I’m an artist.

me:
your an artist but can you tell me about your origins.

nhlanhla:
Well my name is Nhlanhla Wandile Dlamini born in Johannesburg 1999 October 18 1802 i was raised there and the reason i chose 1802 people thought it was that thing where instagram gives you a name because @nhlanhla already exist nah its not that i chose that myself 1802 being the house that i lived in/the apartment was on the 18th floor room 02…i feel like I’m bringing my past into my future i wanna be known as Mr 1802.

me:
And now you in Centurion when did you move to that side?

nhlanhla:
I got here in 2005 so i spent like 5 years in Johannesburg and I’ve  been here ever since.

me:
What inspires your photography?

nhlanhla:
Art, i love art. I feel like my photography is not just photography, there are photographers that just take photos just for taking photos and then there’s an artist for instance me you saw the light paintings on my instagram?
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me: Yeah, i saw those.

nhlanhla:
i was just drawing in the air i feel like i used photography to paint i just did art with my photography.

me:
and i kept wondering how you made those light paintings.

nhlanhla:
you know what i did? i put a DSLR on 30seconds shutter speed, the shutter and aperture was open as wide as possible ISO was on 100, aperture on 5.6 or something and then i just took my phone put the flash on and just drew.

me:
the one that i like is that one with Nike shoes and light in the background.
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nhlanhla:
And that one i was just fooling around with the light but apart from fooling around i just wanted to show my shoes.

me:
speaking of shoes are you a sneaker head and what are your other interests?

nhlanhla:
Jaap, at the moment I’m using photography to start my way into fashion i wanna go study in New York at the Parsons school of fashion it’s like one of the best fashion schools in the world that’s my dream man and i feel like photography is gonna boost my fashion brand cause I’ll be known already and it’ll just kick off in a nice way.

Me:
It’s like you certain about fashion.
Right now are you studying/designing?

nhlanhla: yeah

me: can you draw?

nhlanhla:
Like i said I’m an artist, i haven’t done that in a while and the last time i drew was in my light paintings i can do a lot of things bruh…I’ve made a song one time it went well but it wasn’t …

me:(laughing)
were you singing or?

nhlanhla:
it was a beat but i didn’t finish it.

me:
Wow you produced the beat yourself?

nhlanhla:
Yeah, it’s not only photography that i do but photography is my main.

me:
photography is what sparked this interview.

nhlanhla:
yeah its what shows I’m an artist, my art inspired you,cool dude,inspire people,influence people, that’s what made this interview! i inspired you.

me:
you really have inspired me man.
Tell me about your gigs/photoshoots that you’ve done so far and the money?

nhlanhla:
I’ve only done 10 gigs, there’s this one friend that really support me his name is Lebokgang his gonna check out your stuff and his gonna see his name, he has a fashion brand “DEU” i did plenty of photoshoots for him in braam he really supports me he likes my stuff. There’s this one girl Neo Kwala i feel like she’s my biggest fan I’ve been friends with her since grade 8 she love my instagram page bruh if there’s one person that you’d have to ask about my photos is Neo she would know.

me: the money?

nhlanhla:(laughing)
right now I’m not making much if you wanna ask me about money come next year cause I’m only blowing up now a few have liked my photos e.g Levis the actual brand they took their time and went to their tags and like my photo a photo that i took and just to think of it Levis a big brand they get hundred and thousands of tags everyday and they decided to like my photo on that day? that must mean something.
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me:
yeah it does mean something.

nhlanhla:
another thing my photos don’t get a lot of likes and stuff I’m just blowing up now man.

me:
your influenced by art but are there people that you look up to?

nhlanhla:
there’s this friend of mine named Simphiwe instagram @simiato that guy his the actual reason i started photography. On a rainy night i was out with him and we stood outside for 30 minutes actually he made me stand with him just waiting for lightning strikes and when he finally got that shot i was like dude how did you do that? ever since that day I’ve never stopped learning about photography…but there’s other people like Adriaan Louw,okmalumkoolkat though his not a photographer but his a designer so his art boost my creativity.

me:
by the way what do you use to shoot?

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nhlanhla:
i use my phone and a camera when ever i can borrow one.

me:
music wise who do you listen to?

nhlanhla:
okmalumkoolkat 100k macassette that whole mixtape, I’ve been a fan of him ever since dirty paraffin do you know that group?

me:
yeah i know that group?

nhlanhla:
yeah I’ve been a fan of him ever since then and I’m also bumping J Cole,Kendrick and drake.

me:
so their music or them e.g okmalumkoolkat as a person influence you?

nhlanhla:
musically and as a person and with okmalumkoolkat i almost have a similar story to him i didn’t struggle that much but bruh he came from the slums and his making it right now that’s what inspired me also these guys Kendrick and J Cole those guys inspire me a lot bruh…i forgot to mention Joey Badass that guy tells stories with his music i tell stories with my photos its all about telling stories with me bruh.

me:
speaking of stories what stories are you trying to portray with your photography?

nhlanhla:
well i just don’t post anything e.g my recent photos i posted them in black&white some of them well 3 of them it’s all about Africa and being  dark skinned

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i told a story with that i feel like i wanna inspire people i don’t even know how to say it but there’s always a deeper meaning to my photos if you look carefully even though my captions might be short there’s always a deeper meaning to them…look at my photos,look at my captions you’ll click at the same time if you know me very well, my close friends they know me Mpho, Asakhe, Sitha, Tino and Xhanti they know whenever i post something on instagram they’ll be like ‘oh this is what this guy is portraying this is what he want to send out with his photo’.

me:
i hear you, i have this one question i plan on asking everyone i interview.
For someone like me who’s into art and stuff and who’s still aspiring but not sure if they want to pursue  because of what society thinks or they afraid they won’t make money etc what advice you have
for them?

nhlanhla:
i would say don’t give up for instance me when i started this photography stuff i started with an iPod with only a front camera…

me:
wait what, only a front camera?

nhlanhla:
i told you don’t let lack of equipment limit you if you let that limit you,you wont get anywhere also society cause just like me right now to tell the truth there’s a whole lot of photographers and most…I’m gonna sound like I’m hating but a lot of things for me look the same. I didn’t let the lack of equipment stop me,i didn’t let people who were telling me no wena your just a copy cat following people,i didn’t let that stop me so don’t let anything stop you just pursue what you want if you work hard you’ll get it.

me:
you just have to push?

nhlanhla:
you have to push that’s the only way.

me:
Denier once told me these words “your interest determines your success”…

nhlanhla:
and the circles you hang out with. If your gonna hangout with the circle that’s gonna tell you nah nigga you ain’t gonna make it, nah dawg you just a copycat you wont make it…my friends i always tell them ‘guys hustle trust me one day we gonna make it’ i always tell my friend Mpho Mashabane that ‘dawg we gonna make it one day bruh trust me’ just push that’s all you have to do. I’m a 16 year old…

me:
and your influencing a 19 year old.

nhlanhla:
not only you I’ve influenced a whole lot of people…look I’m just 16, 16! and I’m still in high school where do i find the time to do this i make time if you love something you’ll push.

me:
i hear you and since there’s a whole pool of photographers what’s so different about you that makes you believe you’ll make it?

nhlanhla:
Determination. I feel like most of these cats that are my age they just doing it for just doing it they not doing it for the love….

me:(laughing)
they doing it for likes on instagram and girls comments?

nhlanhla:
yeah, I’m just trying to push my art dawg i just want the whole world to see i don’t just want to be another photographer…nah i wanna push art bruh.

me:
that’s the direction your headed everything even school will be based on art?

nhlanhla:
yeah and a lot of people might tell me you not gonna make money, trust me I’m gonna make it and it’s not all about money if you love something you’ll do it with passion money will drive you crazy don’t do things for money but we can’t live without money that’s why I’m like if you like something and you good at it make people pay if they really love your art they will pay for it. I’m not pushing money only but man nothing is free in this world.

me:
about Braamfontein are you also a #braamkid?

nhlanhla:
not really but i do hangout in braam…whenever I’m in braam I usually hangout with Lebo or Trendsend 90 those are my friends, those 3 guys well 2 of them influenced me with this fashion thing.

me:
even neighbour goods market?

nhlanhla:
yeah I’ve actually wanted to print my art/photos then showcase them there and just sell a few cause even in Pretoria there’s 012 central i also wanna showcase there and they told me its cool we need more people like you to showcase their art come through anytime will get you a spot.

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me:
which instagram accounts do you suggest a person must follow?

nhlanhla:
@Marcel_Lech
@Adriaanlouw
@Vanstyles
@Simiato that’s my friend his also an artist like me.

that’s all i can think of right now but there’s a whole lot more trust me owh and @hypebeast.

me:
what’s your conclusion?

nhlanhla:
let me make up a quote
“I’m 16 and I’m doing it, you can too” 

instagram @nhlahla1802

The Internet’s busiest music nerd

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I had a bit of a love hate relationship with Anthony Fantano’s Youtube channel upon discovering it.
I’ve come to like and truly appreciate his opinion on music for many reasons. I was a little thrown off at first because on the first review I watched he didn’t care too much about a mixtape I really liked.

I’ve come to love The Needle drop (the name of the channel) because Anthony helps me understand artists a little more. If you’d like an opinion on rock, pop, electronic, metal, hip hop and experimental music be sure to check out his channel.

I’ve compiled some of his reviews below. Be sure to check them out

Big Sean – Dark Sky Paradise Album Review

Drake – If You’re Watching This It’s Too Late Album Review

Kendrick Lamar – The Blacker The Berry Review

Lupe Fiasco – Testuo And Youth Album Review

Joey Basa$$ B4.DA.$$ Album Review