Weighing in at an incredible 23 tracks this has to be longest album of the year. Maestro IV delivers the follow-up to his breakout project #TopJITA. Welcome to Maestro IV's TopJITA 2.0: Married To The Game.
With enough material to fit 2 projects I had to listen to this album in two parts. Maestro assured me that it was long for a reason. This is definitely a step up from TopJITA 1, even the backings, mixing and mastering are testament to this. This has to be the trap album of the year and is a definite contender for album of the year.
|Maestro IV - TopJITA 2.0 tracklist|
A surprising feature here was the legendary mUnetsi on the track Ngoma Ndiyo Ndiyo. I especially enjoyed the multilingual integration of Ndebele, Shona and English, which I'm sure will appeal to the whole of Zimbabwe.
The famous ghetto beverage of choice Maheu also has it's own theme song here. Maestro touches on various topics as he talks about his journey after TopJITA 1, including him becoming a father, the struggles of being a real nigga, wanting to do right by his mother and growing up in the ghetto.
My favourite track off this album has to be Aziwe Ke. This track, oh man... Now this is turn up music. I can already picture a visual for this one. Ohhhhh maaaaaayne!
I co-sign this as heat, with special mention to the post-recording vocal editing that gives auto-tune and ad-libs a whole new meaning. Other tracks worth mentioning include Too Fast, IJita of the Year, They Know, Yimlo, I Got It Alright and Ikwali.
However I feel like some of his featured artists let him down.
Unfortunately for now the only online link existing is the streaming SoundCloud link.
Stream TopJITA 2.0: Married To The Game below
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