Hip hop double albums don’t always work. Kwesta’s “DaKAR II” is one of those few that do. ‘Ngud’’ featuring Cassper Nyovest is not a misleading single at all. Kwesta’s a versatile rapper, with different flows. He can drop punchlines back-to-back and can also tell a story. He also attempts to sing on some tracks of his latest album, probably the only flaw I can point out.
The rapper has a lot to say and boy does he vent. He’s just a young man from K1 trying to make sense of this thing called life, the music industry too. The opening track ’The Fire’ sets the tone, addressing among other things, the MTV Base Hottest rappers list: “This is a kid in his whip bumping Tumi thinking ‘how underrated is this?’/ This is him in his crib bumping me if he does thinking ‘how overrated is this?’” His ambidexterity does him more good than bad, as he switches between English and Zulu for effect and, I imagine, relatability. He tells hood stories of hedonism (‘Ngud’’, ‘Tjovitjo’, ‘Kokotela’) and adversity (‘Preacher’, ‘One Day’). Kwesta’s not focused on settling down as communicated on ‘Mind Fcuk’, but a few love songs (‘Ng’yaz’fela Ngawe’, ‘Shooting Star’) and a song about his daughter (‘Lala Khai’) make their way onto an album by a man who “needs brain and thought of your girl”.
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