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Four Factor-Hip Hop Wars

2007-07-10 11:18
This week’s four factor is the first in a two part series which exposes the ‘Playaz’ in the game. This week we check out the crews that have played a pivotal role in shaping South African Hip Hop. Who is Hip? Who is not? These are the questions that need an answer.

This week's four factors rated out of 10 are:

Godfather factor: Who is the pioneer of the scene? Who is holding it down? And who should bow down?

Bling factor: Do these rappers rock the latest fashion, jewelry, gadgets, and cars? Or are they down to earth type of brothaz and sistas?

Consciousness factor: Who’s staying true to the game? Who has been sucked into corporate capitalism?

It’s a rap factor: They can rap, but are they quotable?

The playaz:

Brasse Vannie Kaap

Godfather factor: These Mother City ‘ouens’ pioneered 100% ghetto-grown Afrikaans Hiep-Hop. While they’re holding it down in the Mother City, we wonder whether it’s their ghetto-obsession that’s kept them in the ghetto? (7)

Bling factor: Bling? Can Mr Fat even spell that? (3)

Consciousness factor: The kings of Cape Flats consciousness, BVK are all about telling it like it is in the ghetto. (8)

It’s a rap factor: "you bitches, you 'ho's'. But for me that's jargon. And I'll tell you straight - if I must now call you a bitch, I may as well call my mother a bitch, if you're not educated you're going to speak like that. Which means you're going to shoot hollow points for the rest of your damn life." (9)- BVK

Check out Interview with BVK

Skwatta Kamp

Godfather Factor: As a crew, yes maybe they get a point. As genuine hip hop ‘trend setters’ (for lack of a better word) they do not make the cut. (5)

Bling factor: They are young, they are famous, of course they are going to pimp themselves up. (8)

Consciousness factor: The afterrmath of Apartheid: Skwatta rap about the struggle of the youth today. They understand it, because they are living it. They leave their parents' struggle to BVK. For that they get a(9)

It’s a rap factor: “As a rapper you think ‘this is how I can educate the rest of the world’, or ‘this is how I can identify with the guy in the Cape Flats’ — because I’m close enough to think about stuff that he’s going through right there. “So it’s given hip-hop a local identity and I think that’s what makes hip-hop different the world over — wherever you go it can form its own identity according to the youth of that particular community.” (9)- SK

Check our interview with Skwatta Kamp

Tykoon Suit

Godfather Factor: I don’t think so! (3)

Bling factor: Have you seen their latest CD cover? These guys are all for ‘Bling, bling, money ain't a thang’. (10)

Consciousness factor: They pride themselves on producing tight beats accompanied by a verse or two about social ills. (5)

It’s a rap factor: "We don’t sound like eight dogs barking in a taxi. We’re here to show you what rapping is really about: it’s well coordinated ghetto style; it’s super-bling, but it’s not cheesy. It’s like porno, you get porno and then you get damn good porno…it’s an extreme sport!” (7) – Tykoon Suit

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Godfather Factor: Godfathers? Let's see if they are still around in 2010. (3)

Bling factor: Let’s wait and see, they are still making the money to buy the bling so we can't cast a full judgment on them as yet, so far they are just dudes from eKasi (township) making it big. (5)

Consciousness factor: Well they are going to say they are part of the ‘conscious’ movement they are rappers for crying out loud! They do talk about the ‘Kasi’ struggle but it’s not something new, for that they get (5)

It’s a rap factor: “We use Teargas as a mind state for social change. Our music is a tool to disperse social ills like HIV/Aids and crime.” (8)- Teargas

Check out the Interview with Teargas

The scores:

BVK- 26
Skwatta Kamp- 31
Tykoon Suits- 25
Teargas- 21

This is very interesting! Jozi seems to take the lead this week- Skwatta Kamp are ruling this scene. Congratulations guys!

-Thobeka Linda

There has been a lot of hype regarding the Hip Hop scene in the country. Heads are out to prove who is ‘keeping it real’ and ‘who ain’t’. It’s a jungle out there. History teaches us that the pioneers of Mzansi Hip Hop hailed from the Mother City. Hype has us believing all the action is now dropping in Jozi. Or is it?

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