The world of SA Hip Hop might be experiencing massive growth, but we know it all boils down to several factors.
One of those pointers remains the dedication of music fans and the ever-loyal support that they bring to the table to inspire their favourite Emcees and Femcees.
Importantly, the amount of hard work, grit and determination of the industry’s uber-talented playmakers cannot be overemphasised.
These two factors combined to devastating effect recently with the release of AKA’s highly-successful “Touch My Blood” album.
Such has been the buzz and frenzy of SupaMega’s indicated final bow that the project of musical art raced to gold status in only a week of its release.
Now, we know there are more albums to come this campaign and in no particular order, we inform of some of the albums to look out for this season, 2018.
1. Nasty C – Strings and Bling:Source: Nasty C/Instagram
Perhaps, the most anticipated album of the year. Nasty C’s “Strings and Bling” album is expected to premiere on the 6th of July, 2018.
Having already gotten snippets off the upcoming work including “Jungle,” “King,” which featured American rapper, A$AP Ferg; and “Legendary,” the album already promises to become a classic and evergreen.
Such is the amount of work and promotion that the “Bad Hair” mastermind has put into the project that he has toured several countries, put in a world of connection with fans in a dedicated WhatsAapp group, as well as several freestyles to match.
2. Blaklez – Baby Brother:
Rap Steve Biko, Blaklez has been teasing fans with his upcoming “Baby Brother” album since the past year, 2017, when it was supposed to drop.
However, he had to shift its release date but it is certainly expected to premiere this year.
In fact, the next single off the upcoming project is titled “IWin,” and it features Nigerian veteran, Ice Prince Zamani.
With Blaklez widely regarded as a social revolutionary in the world of SA Hip Hop, you know the “Baby Brother” album can only set the industry and fans on the path of righteousness.
3. Zakwe – Cebisa:
One of the game’s most prolific wordsmiths, Zakwe is expected to drop his “Cebisa” album on the 6th of July, 2018 – the same day as Nasty C.
While many might query that move, but with the support of such heavyweights including Cassper Nyovest, Kwesta, Stogie T, Ma-E, Pro, Blaklez, AB Crazy and others, Zakwe’s album will create the buzz as well as hug the trends and limelight as well.
Plus, “Cebisa” holds a whopping 20 records; proving Zakwe’s abilities, depth as well as the massive trove and stash of content. You do not want to miss out.
4. PDotO – Under The Sun:
“Pholas” hitmaker, PDotO might not even be getting enough of the credit that he deserves on the circuit.
However, all that is about to change when he commissions the 17-track “Under The Sun” album on the 2nd of July, 2018.
5. HHP – DRUM:
HHP announced the DRUM album to be his final bow but it has been a world of confusion from there on even though he is the most vocal on Twitter.
First, he signed with Universal Music Group to help with the album’s distribution, then he released the tracklist, then revealed AKA took back a verse, then announced misunderstandings with UMG, before finally postponing the release date of the album.
Only thing is Jabba has been one of the most influential figures in the world of SA Hip Hop who is regarded a legend. His album is definitely one to look out for.
6. DJ Sliqe – Navy Black:
Following the massive success of his “Injayam (Vol. 1)” album, DJ Sliqe is expected to drop another blockbuster 11-track project of musical art titled “Navy Black.”
With features already guaranteed including Kwesta, AKA, ChianoSky, Gobi, Tshego, Emtee, MarazA, Flame, Ecco and several others. You know know we cannot wait for the July 6th, 2018 release of this upcoming massacre.
Having released “Biskop” alongside Makwa and with a feature of Kwesta recently, we know DJ Sliqe is about to light up the circuit.
7. B3nchMarQ – WHH:
While they have been two of the most active on the circuit this season, B3nchMarQ continue to tease fans about the release of their album since the past year.
However, having released “Big Man Ting” in the past week with the assurance it is the last single before the album, we’ll see if we can finally hold Tkay and Pjay to their words this time.
8. Moozlie – Victory:
Having launched a successful “Versus” EP in the past year, former Cashtime Life first lady, Moozlie is not expected to launch her debut “Victory” album at the end of July.
In anticipation and promotion of the upcoming project, the Boss Lady recently commissioned the blockbuster single, “Vatel,” which featured KiD X, to fancy acclaim.
Moozlie is one uber-talented Femcee whose album is about to be lit.
9. Gigi Lamayne – Untitled:
With, Gigi Lamayne expected to commission her “VI” EP soon, she has proven to be the Queen of Bars and content as she dropped three singles in a space of three days.
First, she dropped “Cocoa” alongiside Pitori Maradona, Focalistic. Then, she sampled “One And The Same,” which featured Mr Allofit, before grabbing all the accolades with “Twinkle” alongside Ambitiouz Entertainment label mate, Londie London.
However, the Ambitiouz Entertainment diva had also promised her fans – the Gigi Gang – of an album in September. Just three more months, fellas.
10. Zoocci Coke Dope – ILLuminated:
The Dealer might have dropped the collaborative “Do Not Disturb” project with flame this year, he is still expected to premiere his debut “ILLuminated” album before the end of the year.
Many industry watchers will readily agree that Zoocci’s “Morning Star” EP proved massively successful in the past year.
Imagine what the multi-talented producer and artist can achieve with an album.
As you can already imagine, these are truly exciting times to be alive and to witness. This is why you definitely want to follow Hitvibes across various social media channels since we will bring you developing trends as they unfold.
Until then, why not join the conversation with your own favourite list of upcoming albums in the comments section below?