Skwatta Kamp - Bak on Kampus

2006-12-14 16:14
 
It’s difficult to say something negative about a group that has held the Mzansi hip-hop torch since the beginning of the century, and in many ways paved the way for today’s bright young hip-hop groups.

It is because of their past success that when they drop an album the expectations are very high. Unfortunately, they have under scored on this one.

Bak on Kampus, the group’s fifth album, is a good CD, but not good enough. You can’t help but compare this CD to their South African Music Award-winning albums for best rap group - Mkhukhu Funkshen (2003) and Wash’umkhukhu (2004), and the new singles to hits like “Skwatta Khanival”, “Eskhaleni”, “Umoya”, “Wash’umkhukhu”, “The Clap Song”, “Just You”, “Neighborhood”, and “On Tour”.

With those albums you could easily play the CD on loop from Jozi to Cape Town and back. While Bak on Kampus will have you reaching for the skip button several times, especially because it’s littered with David Kau comic skits. Kau is very funny, but not after the third or fourth repeat.

Nonetheless, Bak on Kampus has some nice touches. Relo’s sweet soulful voice is featuredand the Wits Choir and R&B girl-of-the-moment Lira both make guest appearances.

There are a few potential hits on the album. For instance “Feel Like Dancing” is getting a lot of airplay and “Bumpa 2 Bumpa”, which features Adam Howard on trumpet, is a great summer hip-hop dance track.

Other songs that stand out are “Hands Up”, “Nomabangathini”, DJ Cleo-produced “Net So”, bouncy “Fake Ass Pimp” and the sexually-charged “Touch”: “Okay, you can’t answer with a dick your mouth; lets get into some deep shit, turn your ass around.”

The great thing about SK is that for every four songs about sex, ass shaking or how great SK is, there’s one conscious track on social commentary. This time “Kings and Queens” deals with child abuse.

They do get another thing right: the title of the album. Seems Skwatta need to go "back to campus" and figure out a new winning formula.

If you want to experience excellent Mzansi hip-hop, rather buy SK’s Mkhukhu Funkshen and Wash'umkhukhu. But if you are huge SK fan, having this one in your collection wouldn’t hurt.

-Nomfundo H Mbaba+Tshabalala

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WHAT OTHER REVIEWERS SAID:

Bak on Kampus is a typically rousing offering from Skwatta Kamp, and in keeping with the group’s musical tradition, which stems from their debut Skwatta Kampain (2001) and another best rap Sama-winner, 2002’s Khut en Joyn, and runs through Mkhukhu Funkshen and Wash’umkhukhu.”
- Niren Tolsi for Mail & Guardian Online

The single [“Feel Like Dancing”] heralds the growth of Skwatta Kamp, showing their progression to the cutting edge sounds of a track which pushes the boundaries of hip hop as never before.
- studentvillage.co.za
If you’ve listened to SAMA award-winning rap group Skwatta Kamp’s albums, it’s only natural to expect excellence from them. With Bak on Kampus, they fall a little short.

GODI 2006/12/19 11:16 AM
NOT ALL THAT I WAS A BIG FAN OF KHUT & JOYN AND MKHUKU FUNKSEN EVEN GOING TO LENGTH TO CALL IT AN CLASSIC,BUT THIS NEW OFFERING WAS THAT BUT NOT ALL OF THAT SO I THINK THEY NEED MORE OLD SCHOOL SOUTH AFRICAN SAMPLES TO GIVE THEM THAT UNIQUE FLAVOR,JUST TO ADD COMMENT ON NEMZA'S ALBUM NAH LET ME RATHER NOT,SLIQ'S ALBUM WAS DOPE THOUGH,CMON SK WHATZ GOIN ON,WHERE THE CREATIVITY AT?
Thandiswa 2007/01/04 9:36 PM
Well done Yho!, they are nothing but the best. I think they are taking South African hip hop to the next level, they are talented if you listen to the lyrics of their songs you will know what I'm talking about. I bought their latest CD "Bak on Kampus" a week after the release date and I don't regret , its the best and I would rate it a 5... Keep up the good work guys...
Ole 2007/02/09 10:09 AM
Yes Yes Well done. I like it No Ilove it. Esp Ekasi n Dali Mawaza
Marry 2007/02/12 9:46 AM
Jnr IT Technician sk rock i've always been the biggest fan from their 1st album to this one.i luv nemza.
flowzy 2007/02/19 4:30 PM
YAvele I have read all the other review and have to say that only afew people appreciate good music sk is the best group in south africa and its about high time we realised that. Their new album is dope and better than most out there ,sk rules today timmorrow and always. heita hola
henny 2007/02/27 8:07 AM
sk is the best i have been listening to all S.A hip hop music but sk is the best espicially the last release(bak on campus) that rock. keep it up
nombuso sithole 2007/03/06 11:39 AM
Odokotela ba hot I was call them Doctors but now they graduate, i will call them Professors of S.A. Niyababa guyz, plse keep up ur best music.
c-ya 2007/03/16 2:15 PM
TOPS they r ultimately rockaz, top of the game az alwayz, they do it 4 me! TTP, if u know wat i mean, i love them, so im a SK FAN 100%
moferefere 2007/04/24 8:49 AM
Le ya rocky since from Mkhukhu funkshen you were the best group in SA until now LE Ya Rock i just cant stop listening to BAK ON CAMPUS
Ayanda Ngcobo 2007/05/17 3:43 PM
Dont hate, Apprieciate! SK rocks! They have worked hard to produce bak on kampus and the songs on the album prove it. Just because people dont relate to them doesnt mean we shouldnt enjoy this album.
Nkanyiso 2007/05/30 9:11 AM
almost the best its a tight album, track 11 stands out 4me, but listenin frm da 1st track till da end it pumpin & da boys showed much maturity, on a closing note GO & GET BEK ON CAMPUS IT TIGHT D.
Tek 2007/06/02 8:49 AM
campus yeah the boys are grown-ups now
Tek 2007/06/02 8:49 AM
campus yeah the boys are grown-ups now
nami 2007/06/10 2:50 AM
well done skwatta hey guyz theis cd is different but rocks my friends DIGG it big time. well done for this RROOCCKKIINNGG cd!!!!!!
amy baker 2007/06/30 12:45 PM
what i think of Skwatta amazing really fun to listen to!!!!
Kabelo Mashishi 2007/07/06 12:49 PM
The Kings Are BAK Okay, I am a skwatta Fan, so obviously it Rocks, else i wouldnt have bought the CD, and coming back to the fact that it's not as tight as Mkhukhu Funkshe, I AGREE, BUT u can expect a child to remain 6 years old for 5 years?? So they have grown up, so am I, hence i like chemistry is the Album, Tracks like TOUCH, NOMABANGATHINI,INDABA YAMI etc. If I was still 16 years old, probably I wouldnt like the chemistry, so we have grown up together, hence it's tight...KEEP IT BAFOWETHU...peace...Kaybee
Kabelo Mashishi 2007/07/06 12:52 PM
The Kings are BAK Again... Okay, I am a skwatta Fan, so obviously it Rocks, else i wouldnt have bought the CD, and coming back to the fact that it's not as tight as Mkhukhu Funkshen, I AGREE, BUT u CANT expect a child to remain 6 years old for 5 years?? So they have grown up, so am I, hence i like the chemistry in the Album, Tracks like TOUCH, NOMABANGATHINI,INDABA YAMI etc. If I was still 16 years old, probably I wouldnt like the chemistry or maybe understand what they are saying in a track like Fake Ass Pimp, or Kings and Queens, so we have grown up together, hence it's tight...I cant say much about Skwatta coz i might just as well write a Book called "From Mkhukhu To Campus " so I dont know.....KEEP IT BAFOWETHU...peace...Kaybee
JB 2008/02/12 3:53 PM
Skwatta Skwatta Kamp is tyt, as a rapper my self I find their music pleasing and great to listen to. Some song are hilerious others are serious, but all in all they are a tyt rap crew
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