When Ti Gonzi brought home the prestigious NAMA, hip hop registered its presence and all the trash talk is evidently out fashioned.
Asaph was voted for to perform at the now postponed Burna boy gig, further signifying hip hop’s relevance.
It is long gone the time Zim Hip Hop artists agonized about not getting acknowledgment and mainstream airplay.
2019 was a successful year for the culture and 2020 brings with it more vibes which are making a visible impact on the entertainment platforms in Zimbabwe.
The culture alone is seeing the growth of talented youngsters in the names of R Peels, Kae Chaps, Natasha Muz to mention just a few.
Here is a review of the first third of 2020.
Bulawayo based rapper Asaph opened the year with a freestyle which dropped on his birthday with scintillating bars that will always be relevant in the rapper’s career.
Whether it’s a coincidence or not, this was also the time Calvin’s scuffle with Skyz Metro escalated and he also dropped a freestyle ‘I’m so Bulawayo’.
Asaph featured on Monate Fela by RouckieDoub, a track that made it to the top 6 on The Fixx.
The People’s Rapper accelerated the spectacular run with a national chart-topping single Like So, see review on this site. The Zimbabwean music fans can see the birth of the new star on the local scene.
Back to Harare, controversial rapper R Peels started the year on a bright note as well gifting hip hop with visuals for Landlord off his late last year EP Cursed By Men Blessed By God.
The track has been number 1 on ZiFM TheFixx weekly top 6 for 3 weeks and that surely says something about the youngster.
Pharoah is also celebrating his first 100k views for the track Moto with Ti Gonzi and on that note, Ti Gonzi continues to validate his position in the game.
His top-performing track Devil Is A Liar with Sani proves that 2019 wasn’t a fluke.
Crooger continues to preach for the hustlers, the track Life Iyi and Ice Lolo aren’t to be ignored and word on the street is that a video for the duet with R Peels is on its way.
Noble Stylz album Chana Chidokosa remains the top album though it was released in December last year, he is not done yet after promising fans of a deluxe version 20 track album which means it’s 6 more tracks yet to drop before he holds the much-awaited Perfect Concert.
The return of Sharky as Soko Matemai is something worth celebrating. Soko Matemai has returned to reignite hip hop with tracks which include 24/7 and a fire verse on Level Up which features the talented Michael Chiunda.
Dough Major is also making a name in the streets with Chepa jecha receiving decent spins.
One of hip hop’s most promising talents Kae Chaps is spirited to grab 2020 with two drops (H.N.R and Kilimanjaro) this year already attracting top players in the game for features.
Probeatz and Fun F released albums in March full of social commentary which the Zimbabwean youths can relate to.
Natasha Muz who seems to be bossing the streets ahead of fellow femcees released a video for the song Ghetto on her YouTube page and Kikky Badass despite the other noise is still alive with the Party Queen track as the only hip hop track she has done this year.
King 98 released visuals for Twisted as the rapper continues to fight for a seat in the house of hip hop.
Of late Takura has been in conversation for allegedly letting the culture down after failing to live up to the Zvemoyo challenge.
Zim Hip Hop has indeed registered presence and is on a rampant to control the waves in as much as local music is concerned.