Reason - Azania
"WELCOME TO AZANIA!!!"
One of the best lyricists in the South African rap scene dropped his eagerly anticipated album “Azania” and it does not disappoint.
The intro “Welcome to Azania” which features Nelisiwe Sibiya is reminiscent of struggle songs prevalent in the apartheid era. An artist admitted fan favorite “Nkosi Yam’” follows the intro and the gratitude-filled song is both lyrical and energetic. One does not need to wonder why many fans have requested a video along with the single.
The much debated influence of kwaito has the SA Hip-Hop nation polarized with some claiming it is fitting while others argue that it is overdone. Reason seems to agree with the former by utilizing a tad of the genre’s most well known lines on “Banani MaVoko”.
Featured verses by some of Azania’s other prominent lyricists are not short in supply. Ginger Trill appears on the thought provoking “Cashless Society”; RapLyf reps, Kid-X and Kwesta appear on “O Suna Mang” and Ph Rawx features with Mr. Beef on “4 the Kids.” Reason even obtained a verse from internationally acclaimed rapper Mick Jenkins on “Champagne & Water.”
Several singers also make appearances on Azania including Una Rams, Sibongile Khumalo and the African soul band, The Muffinz.
Reason uses the lead single and title track of the album to remind us who he does what he does so exceptionally well for. Swizz Beatz also makes an appearance in what is surely a brilliant conclusion to an incredible album.
“Azania” may just be the best rap album to drop in all of 2018. We have to listen to Reason and give this album 5 mics out-of 5.