I believe in a few things musically. One of the many is that when an album has you wanting more, then it was good enough. It quite frankly has done its job. It has told you a story, led you on the journey, got you to reach the destination. Its even better when you’re not aware of the difference as to whether it’s starting or ending.
Real name Anathi Mnyango, Anatii went from simply being one of the most sought after producers in the country to being listed on Forbes 30 under 30 list in 2018. Courvoisier and Puma Ambassador…he’s 25. From eBhiso mchana!
Having to find this out made me realise that I unfortunately have been hating on the man indeed.
Iyeza is probably going to go down as my most appreciated album of 2018 for South African Hip-Hop. There’s nothing in the industry I’ve noticed as lacking more recently than growth
…and having your audience be able to acknowledge the difference as well…
Metaphorically, it’s like he went from being a full grown man in the city, to being a full grown man traditionally, or back home too, which now pleases his soul/spirit more than it would the execs, or even fans.
From the jump the album is a simple ode to those that came before and remain a part of who he is now. Usually one would ensue a conversation about whether he praises his traditional affairs or the Christian god, but the journey going through the concept of Thank You trumps it all. Anatii flows effortlessly and without introduction through his mindset in all 10 tracks. No prominent feature, and not too much addition to the instruments…it was all…simple. There was a major influence of Afro-Pop but the sound still remains ‘newer‘, or more contemporary.
My favourite tracks had to be Ngozi, Wena and the lead single Thix’Onofefe. Ntloni will be a massive club banger which is quite similar to Cardi’s I Like It.
All in all, I think I appreciate Anatii’s output here. For appreciating the cover art’s artist. For not doing the most trying to do him, and finally being a musician (not just rapper) that can slightly tilt the public opinion of what rap is about in a more positive direction.
OVERALL: 8/10 to be honest, the sound is new. Different. Feels like home. A spiritual, not for those who feel South African hip-hop belongs in the club.
Peep the album on Spotify HERE