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Its A 10/10 For Rose City Thorns Mixtape!

Its been a month since the release of Bloemfontein based rappers Naycha & Prime Ezy dropped their collaborative effort Rose City Thorns Mixtape, a project that largely pays homage to the city of roses they both rep.

They first got together on Naycha’s Ha Mnate Jwang, then again on Ezy’s Oh Yeah, since both these singles made it to the tape, its fair to assume this was the plan all along. Together, King Nay and Ezy bring a ghetto meets wavy trap vibe, Nay with the streets and Ezy with the waves.

The tape kicks off with an interesting feature, CAASK ASID on Savage, it is say to say ASID not only held his own but might’ve murked his hosts on this opening track. Although Nay & Ezy don’t disappoint by any stretch of the imagination, ASID’s grown up version of Gomora Rap, a flow popularized by fellow Bloem rapper Castino The Hero, is truly memorable out here. On The Low follows Savage with Naycha rapping his shit, Prime on the hook, nothing better. Liquor & Emotions deals with the complexities that come with relationships, on the come-up, relationships are tricky, this is all the proof you need.

Besides the leading singles Ha Mnate Jwang and Oh Yeah, other notable tracks off of the 12-track are Kosher, which celebrates popular quarterly event Kosher, again Ezy leads on the hook here and Nay comes through with his street cool aesthetic. Finer Tings, an afro beats infused tune, is surprisingly well executed, adding to the welcome variety of sounds on the project, it should be a fan favourite.  The boys go off on OT – Freestyle, this is Nay in his element, a chance for him to remind us what a skillful rapper he actually us, the bars, hook, the cool, this is one of the best cuts.

Owed to Prime Ezy’s production and direction, this project sounds current, at times worldy, a great example of what the city of roses has to offer. Way Way, a wavy trap joint, further builds on Ha Mnate Jwang and Oh Yeah, this should be the next single. After jamming this for the better part of the past month, I’ll end it with this, watch out fot the closing track Ghost, it creeps up on you.

Its a 10/10 for content, production and overall sound. A masterful composition.

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