Kwesta recently released a new song, on Sunday, titled ‘Reporting Live From Katlehong’ to celebrate his birtday. Featuring Capetown rap royalty, YoungstaCPT, the song was released on August 11, which is Kwesta’s birthday. Interestingly, August 11 is a key date in hip hop as it is known as officially date the genre was born in 1973 in the Bronx thanks to DJ Kool Herc and his peers. Exactly 15 years later Kwesta, Da King Of African Rap, was born and ever since he has been proving himself over and over.
“My heed is still in this rap like turban. Observant, I just don’t fight to keep words in. Coz’ once you think it you know it all then you stop learning… I’m still picture perfect and I can tell I pose threats from the shots they keep sending. Kwesta, that’s an adjective it’s not a name. Let’s be real, everyone tryna’ Kwesta the game.,” – raps Kwesta on the eight-minute-long track.
The song goes against the grain in both structure and content. There is no chorus or sample that you can jump on or singalong to, but just pure rap lines. Think of Rick Ross’ famous and iconic intros on Deeper Than Rap and Teflon Don albums then you get a glimpse of how Kwesta approached this song. The addition of YoungstaCPT solidified the track as he brings the Cape Flats flavour highlighting the harsh realities that come with trying to break into South Africa’s almost impenetrable hip hop landscape.