Album Title: Maestro IV - #TopJITA Spaza Weekend Overview: Maestro IV is a rapper/producer based in Bulawayo, repres...
Album Title: Maestro IV - #TopJITA Spaza Weekend
Overview: Maestro IV is a rapper/producer based in Bulawayo, representing Zim Hip-Hop, born Melusi Nyathi. He is the self-proclaimed originator of the Zim Hip-Hop subgenre Spaza Music and is the founder of Chillaphonia Entertainment. Top Jita is the first full length project that I've heard from him and havingf manged to garner over 15,000 downloads in a week it deserves some mention. From the cover art I was expecting heat (no pun intended).
Check out the videos dropped prior to the project's release.
Standout Tracks: Holy Grail, Top Jita For Life, She Crazy, Ungasabi, SHAKE!!!, Spaza Party, If You Want, Hip-Hop Messiah, Majaivana Back
No. of Tracks/Overall Duration: 16/60:16
Spekk Verdict: Before I go any further the cover art is winning. What I don't get though is why it is being classified as an EP when it is clearly over the 30 minute mark, actually you'll be halfway through this project. I don't know why they didn't just call it an album, because that's what I'm getting here. Now that that's out of the way let's get to the review.
The intro track Holy Grail.....them Bulawayo rappers are bringing some serious heat. Had this on repeat for the better part of an hour. My interest in the project had peaked. The flow of the tracks is on point (I know, I rarely commend track orders) with on-going theme of Top Jita (a colloquial term used to describe the neighbourhood boss man). Those hard-hitting trap instrumentals and female vocals certainly tick all the right boxes.
If You Want is reminiscent of the Di-Gong phase that sweeped the nation in the mid-90s, balancing out the sound.
Two tracks I didn't like though are 325 and Apologies of iJITA. I felt that there was too much biting of other international tracks. The hook is an interpolation of GOOD Music's Mercy hook. The "drinking on the low" phrase reminds one of Drake's Furthest Thing off Nothing Was The Same. Apologies of iJITA, well that's R. Kelly's I'm Sorry (Apologies of A Thug). This made it difficult for me to pay attention to these tracks and given the choice I would've scrapped these off the final cut. Majaivana Back is another track of note, that pays tribute to one of Zim's musical icons (also a Bulawayo artist) Lovemore Majaivana.
This is a dope project with a few tracks that I think should've never seen the light of day. This the kind of project that you would get if Young Jeezy did vernac rap (yeah I said it). Top JITA to the world.
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