On the first Thursday of every month I will be giving you the platform to share your Top5 favorite songs.
This month I approached Sabelo, better known as Mahoota, to take us through his Top5 Hip-Hop favorites. I chose Mahoota because (in his own words) he is a devoted fan of the art that is Hip-Hop and he is a huge fan of music in its entirety. This Hip-Hop devotee is also a blogger for the Hip-Hop show “The Forum” (Formerly known as 16BarsRELOADED) which airs on UJFM.
This is what Mahoota had to say about his Top5 Hip-Hop bangers:
5. Ginger Breadman – Real Talk ft. Ayanda Jiya and Pdot O
I am not sure whether it’s the pain in Pdot’s voice, the genuine honesty in Ginger’s introspection or the smoothing sounds of Ayanda’s voice but there is something special about this song. If I were to choose one thing though, it would be the message delivered over this smooth DotCom production.
Favorite line:”I try to find comfort at the bottom of this bottle, there’s not enough liquor to drown all of my sorrows” – Ginger Breadman
4. Kendrick Lamar – Cloud 10
Kendrick is undoubtedly one of the leaders of our generation when it comes to Hip Hop and the youth. His narration of his own and society issues is a skill to behold and that is exactly what makes this song very special to me. Here he paints the picture of his emotionally abusive relationship with the streets of Compton.
Favorite line:“Lost in the world of a young boy from Compton that never knew love because love was never promised.” – Kendrick Lamar
3. Skwatta Kamp – Landela ft Barorisi Ba Morena
This song is an undisputed SA Hip Hop classic. Relo did the damn thing for real. Skwatta Kamp took us to church and gave us a song that is sure to uplift your spirit in any situation.
Favorite line:“Sometimes it really hurts being me but I won’t let poverty get the best of me” – Infa
2. Pro – Let’s Wait A While ft. Syd Money
I am a sucker for such samples and that is what drew me to this song, it is captivating. Pro (kid) executes a level of skill that only a few can execute. The multiple rhyme schemes are just crazy and the bars are out of this world. Syd Money also did not disappoint as a guest.
Favorite line:“Never would there ever be another rapper better than this rap veteran, I’m back.” – Pro
1. J Cole – Return of Simba
This is just over 4 minutes of pure rap. Jermaine has a skill to behold; he is able to go so hard with the bars but still be able to address social issues without sounding like he is rambling. Bars, storytelling, rhyme scheme switch ups, flow and everything else that is great about rap are contained in this song. Over and above Simba’s rap skills, he showcased his ever improving production skills and it all blends in like smoothie.
Favorite line: “Yeah I stunt but I’m a lil’ more realer, when it comes from the heart don’t it feel more iller? Watch my flow go bananas, I’m a lil’ Gorilla (Ima let it go realer).” – J Cole
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