South African veteran rapper and Maskandi innovator Ntokozo Mdluli popularly known as K.O has made a bold statement about SA hip hop as he prepares the third installment of his ‘Skhanda Republic‘ albums franchise. During an interview with SA Hip Hop Mag, K.O stated that SR 1 is still the only monumental project in SA hip hop for the past 10 years.
The Polokwane rapper has never shied away from praising the Magnum Opus of his solo career. “I am just back on my old ish. I’m back in my bad. We are almost close to the 10-year anniversary of the Skhanda Republic 1, I felt like the album was so monumental in terms of how it was put together the sound and the energy.” The rapper said.
“Years later I don’t think we have seen anything close to it, so it can only take the capacity of the person that created the Skhanda Republic 1. to bring the same energy back. People can expect something not far off from SR1, not the same songs but the kasi mentality, the rawness and speaking uninhibitedly on certain social matters and current affairs that is the headspace.” K.O added.
While this is definitely good news for fans and SA hip hop as a whole, there are many who would disagree with his claim.
K.O just dropped the lead single to his forthcoming ”Skhanda Republic 3′ album Sete’ and fans have been going crazy ever since, clamoring for the album to drop already.
“Sete ‘is a sneak peak into what the upcoming album has in store for audiences. “I am showcasing my growth as K.O, as a man and artistically.” He said. “I had an idea to bring together artists from various spaces, that resulted in a collaboration from the Amapiano sphere with Young Stunna, Hip Hop/trap sphere with Blxckie and of course I came through with the Skhanda ting.” The ‘Caracara‘ hitmaker added.
Wit this information ‘SR3’ might just end up another classic in the bag for K.O.
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