Local hip hop sets eyes on May 30

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MASERU – From Public Enemy, Niggers With Attitude (NWA) to Wu-Tang Clan, since its development in the 1980s, hard-core hip hop has always been peppered with best rap groups that came in different sizes and various shades. Run–D.M.C from New York, founded in 1981 by Joseph Simmons, Darryl McDaniels, and Jason Mizell, have been credited as the first hard-core hip group and widely acknowledged as one of the most influential acts in the history of hip hop culture and one of the most famous hip hop acts of the 1980s.

By all standards, Run–D.M.C paved the way for the future hip acts. Since then we have come to like Beastie Boys, Outkast, The Roots, De La Soul and Bone Thugs amongst others and of course Terror Squad D12 and G-Unit in the most recent past. Closer home, in South Africa, groups such as Verbal Assassins and Prophets of the City are regarded as some of the most interesting South African hip hop music acts.

Verbal Assassins is according to Buzz South Africa, regarded as one of the pioneers of South African rap as it is today. The group which was formed in 1997, arguably, had a major impact in the industry. Lesotho hip hop has also had a fair share of hip hop groups that set the bar high and changed the landscape of local hip hop, MIP with their banger, Basali released in 2013 comes to mind.

But in 2018, we need to keep an eye on the Mafeteng-based upcoming group, Highbreed. If everything goes by plan, Highbreed will release their first album Backpacker’s Dream on May 30 and are set to be one of the 2018’s biggest breakout stars. The 16-track album, according to one of the group’s members, Mathang Tsietsi known as Matoungue, “bears some of the big names in features and production”, the likes of Queen Mo, Lemeke-Oa-Mochini on features and on production, the likes of 6icknature, Hermit Sage, Raymo and Gobi Beast.

Highbreed comprises four rappers, known by stage names Matongue, Versa, Snizz and Bumarang. “Highbreed is derived from the English word hybrid, which refers to a single whole made of different components,” Silent Fate told Public Eye this last week. “Ours is interpreted as the breed of a high level, the breed of the most-high, and the hybrid; diversity unified,” he added.

He said as aspiring Africans born in Lesotho, “one of the smallest yet most magnificent states of the world”, came together to form a movement, “handful of creative minds, in the quest to improve, promote, to acquire or better yet to create a platform where skills are shared”.

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