Pitch Black Afro - Split Endz

2006-12-11 08:47
 
The man who gave us “Ntofontofo” (soft), an anthem for women stacked in the back, thighs and hips, doesn’t come with any surprises on this album. He still has a Busta Rhymes-like quick flow, stays on the hair theme with the album title Split Endz (his first album was called (Styling Gel) and doesn’t stray from the scary look that has become a trademark.

“Bambelela Siyajika” (Hold on, we are turning). takes you on a bouncy ride with a quasi-roller coaster feel. It’s a come back song about his return, and is a potential hit. Pitch raps: “Be careful for what you wish for; Pitch Black Afro seka buye astransformed… Bambelela Siyajika… beep, beep suka endleleni; yim’lo uAfro” (Pitch Black Afro is back transformed… Hold on, we are turning…beep, beep get out the way; it’s me Afro).

“Neva Let U Go” is a serenade to Pitch’s woman, imagined or real. In gentle quick-slow rhyme he tells her: “uMntofo jenge wool… Umuhle yes; ngabe ubuhle bekubhadalelwa, ngabe u priceless” (Soft like wool…You are beautiful yes; if beauty was for sale, you would be priceless). Clichéd, yes, but when laid on an R&B track with sultry sounds of Verd’s vocals, it makes for pleasant listening.

While most interludes are a nuisance and should be banned from all hip-hop albums, Pitch’s 39-second “Gwaring Gwaring” will make you laugh every time you listen to it. Gwaring is South Africa's equivalent to African-America’s Yo’ Mama jokes.

When it comes to other tracks, you'll wonder what the hell Pitch was thinking. Though funny the first time around, they quickly lose their appeal. Take “Karkati” (a township word taken from the Afrikaans karkatjie. This ego-stroking track is a playfull parady on the rhyme “Karkati”, sung by township kids to wish somebody else a bout of stye. They chant: “Karkati dumba lihlo” (Stye, may your eye swell). Pitch sings it to his competition, wishing them weak raps.

If only these words were completely true.
When Pitch first emerged onto the scene he was a breath of fresh air to a mostly serious Mzansi hip-hop scene. But after a while, the jokes become too ntofontofo, and people want more from their music. Sorry, Pitch, but it’s time to trim your split ends and get a new afro comb.
Buck-toothed, afro-wearing, loud mouthed rapper Pitch Black Afro is back with a new album Split Endz, he just needs a good afro comb to fine tune it. Pitch is an amazing entertainer with side-splitting comic timing and a great presence on stage, but this funk meets township hip-hop album falls short of really wowing the socks off.

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Niso 2006/12/08 12:57 PM
Does Mzansi Hip-Hop need Pitch Black Afro No
charizma 2006/12/11 9:07 AM
pitch black yeah it need, all them other cats b whack as hell
firstandforemost 2006/12/11 1:44 PM
Does Mzansi Hip Hop need Pitch Black Afro No. Nothing about his flow is original! Anybody can rap, if you know, Isaac Hayes has been rapping since the early 70's; spitting game at ladies and knowledge to the then black youth world wide. geo-politics have changed and your boy Pitch Black is caught sleeping.
katanga 2006/12/11 4:06 PM
pitch black afro pitch black rocks he must join tha black wall streets
godi 2006/12/19 11:42 AM
whack whack whack pls can somebody tell pba to quit he will never be accepted by the hiphop community with his raps u a one hit wonder thatz trying to be an two hit wonder,just give it up pls,catz comes from overseas he see that this is what south african hiphop is about we will never get the international exposure we need to uplift this movement
Spha 2006/12/20 8:29 AM
Pitch Black Afro Pitch Black Afro , man u r good with what u do I personally cant wait for your next album
Zwai 2007/01/05 11:27 AM
Pitch Black Afro You dont have to use obnoxious language and unruly behaviour to be a Hip-Hop head. Pba, do what you do ntanga - we support you. I luv'd Styling Gel and I dig Split Ends - specially the romantic tracks from both albums........... and what language is that by the way... "..khumbula'ngenamali'babe'bangibizi-bari.." u rock, he he he , hola!!
norah 2007/03/12 3:25 PM
miss neva let u go is hot man! pba is the man, big ups!
Makgabo 2007/04/03 1:02 PM
Black Afro Never let U go, I like the language, the beat in fact the song is hot and romantic. Waiting for more
mr les... 2007/04/23 12:27 PM
hell yeah! actually pitch is de man and even mzansi hip hop needs him a lot
Pimp Ezee 2007/04/26 8:33 AM
Dope- Bravo Mmm- I like it . the one with bravo & the never let you go- datz dope. Hip hop is going far- until the media see this- we need all of them- afro is the man no dought
Yanga 2007/05/02 6:21 PM
Hola pitch Can u plz work with bravo again man coz, both u guyz are hip-hop specialits. keep it up pitch
K-FRESH The RockVILLAN 2007/05/15 11:02 PM
NGEK' NILUNGE!! I had never heared the album untill one of the Morokafellaz let me listen, now im a proud owner of the "split ends" album. To all the mzansi masive- DONT HATE, APPRECIATE! (Dont toets, coz he dont koets- karikati dumba lihlo)
THOMAS 2007/05/19 11:41 AM
NTOFONTOFO PITCH BLACK AFRO FEAT VERD
blast 2007/10/30 1:34 PM
Some more Pitch..... some more Pitch you are talented. More than what people can see. Show us that. Get even better. I love your music. Grow bigger man. Do more. Affect everyone la eMzansi and the rest of the world. Skhathele ngokuzwa imedia isithi abo Jay-Zee, P-Diddy banenyuku. Sfuna wena. I wish i could beat you up so you could be more than what you are. Keep the music rolling man, i love it. Peace
blast 2007/10/30 2:01 PM
Some more Pitch..... some more Pitch you are talented. More than what people can see. Show us that. Get even better. I love your music. Grow bigger man. Do more. Affect everyone la eMzansi and the rest of the world. Skhathele ngokuzwa imedia isithi abo Jay-Zee, P-Diddy banenyuku. Sfuna wena. I wish i could beat you up so you could be more than what you are. Keep the music rolling man, i love it. Peace
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