As you might already know, South African Hip Hop Awards recently unveiled the 8th annual ceremony’s nominations for this year. This year the SA Hip Hop Awards will be hosted on the 20th of November at the Gold Reef City, Lyric Theatre. Amongst the handful of categories, one at the centrepiece of our purpose is the Freshmen Category. Let’s take a look at the list of nominations in this category and their ammunition ahead of the awards.
The Big Hash – Young.
On the 29th of March, The Big Hash unveiled one of this year’s most anticipated project, his mixtape dubbed Young. A 15-track project, Young enlists guest appearances from; popsnotthefather, Yu – Gi- Oh!, Solve the Problem, Tshego, A Reece, Flame, Southside Mohammed and Super Sayan.
Making his debut, Zkhiphani referred to The Big Hash as SA’s “best-kept secret in the game right now“, while Slikour put forward that the creative is one of SA’s young Hip Hop stars to watch out for. His recent offering, Young enlists a handful of bangers that have guaranteed the creative good rotation on SA radio and a place on various promoter’s line-ups. GQ went as far as calling The Big Hash “the real deal“.
Adding to his ability to create hits, The Big Hash is also loved for his openness and straightforward personality, making him a quite vocal and relevant newcomer. This year alone the creative was part of the SWAY Cypher for Castle Lite Unlocks and he also scored himself an Adidas Brand Ambassador deal.
Listen to The Big Hash’s mixtape, Young and tell us what you think about the creative’s nomination.
Flame – Candyman.
This year Flame finally made his arrival on SA scene having been hosted at Ambitiouz Entertainment and helped build and destroy The Wrecking Crew.
On the first of July, the Johannesburg East creative released yet another SA most anticipated project for the year, his debut album, Candyman. A 19 track project, Candyman enlists a handful of local and international producers. Strategically put, guest appearances on the project come from some still unknown but relevant comers, naming the likes of Elohim, Malachi, Ka$h, Elizee, 3TW01, LaFreshman and more. Still, Flame didn’t miss on including some from his class, namely Ecco, Ayanda Jiya and Zoocci Coke Dope.
As Sabelo of Mkhabela of OkayAfrica puts it, “Flame has established himself as a force nature among the country’s new wave of artists in the last few years“. Speaking on Flame’s new project, SA award-winning creative Cassper Nyovest said, “Dope project. Loving it, selection of beats, melodies and I appreciate it when you rap too. You have content I can relate to being a dropout myself. Nice one“. Yomzansi called Candyman a solid album.
Listen to Flame’s, Candyman and tell us what you think about the creative’s nomination.
Touchline – 18 Flow.
Released back in November of 2018, Touchline is doing the most with his 10 track mixtape, 18 Flow – just like how mama did with 5 Grand. With an aunthentic kasi flow, Touchline’s nominated project received nods from SA Hip Hop scene heads, with Slikour calling him the next and Stogie T acknowledging his ProKid dedication on The Procedure. 18 Flow also enlists some much-rotated songs namely; Zone 6, Facts and Ung’phethe Kahle.
OkayAfrica called Touchline a lyrical genius who is off to a great start. The rapper’s popularity continues to blossom as he consistently appears on radio and TV interviews as well as at major events. Touchline is a vocal creative both in his raps and in person. The creative’s presence can be felt from deep in the kasi streets to the internet waves. This nomination comes ahead of the creative’s foretold forthcoming 2019 project dubbed Ghetto Kids.
Listen to Touchline’s, 18 Flow and tell us what you think about the creative’s nomination.
PatricKxxLee – Nowhere Child.
PatricKxxLee is undoubtedly one perfect product of the internet. Blowing up off of Soundcloud, the creative brings some heavy metal-inspired, dark trap that the internet age profoundly love. It’s the season of the self-expressive artists and PatricKxxLee is one leading the pack.
Back in November of 2018, PatricKxxLee released his now nominated album, Nowhere Child. Consisting of a fair 12 songs, Nowhere Child enlists guest appearance from other internet-born creatives, namely; J Molley and Champagne69. The project was written when PatricKxxLee was in rehab, where he checked himself for depression back in 2018.
Speaking on Nowhere Child, Rofhiwa Maneta of OkayAfrica writes, “The album wears its influences on the sleeves—the atmosphere immediately brings Travis Scott to mind“. Speaking on the creative Hitvibes says, “The rapper holds the strength that is admirable and one that is able to motivate in the midst of adversity“.
Listen to PatricKxxLee’s, Nowhere Child and tell us what you think about the creative’s nomination.
Jimmy Wiz – Accordin’ To Jim.
Just recently released, Jimmy Wiz’s Accordin’ To Jim comes to prove that the intention is to place Jimmy Wiz on the SA Hip Hop scene pedestal. According to Jim enlists features from KayLo, Shabzi Madallion, A.J, Kaygizm, Gugu Zwane and Sbusiso Khoza. Consisting of nine-tracks, the project has to be the one project, amongst the nominated, to have the most engaging campaign before its release. The project arrived with nods from some of SA’s best lyricists and respected players way before we received it.
Speaking on the artist Nusoulhubradio.com says;
“JimmyWiz is an East Rand born and based rapper who is highly respected and regarded in the South African hip hop game. A fierce wordsmith who has gone toe-to-toe with some of country’s top-tier and feared MCs, standing his ground as an artist that can stand his ground but not only that; his catalogue speaks volumes for the South African hip hop game as it consists of quality and authenticity”.
Listen to Jimmy Wiz’s, Accordin’ To Jim and tell us what you think about the creative’s nomination.