Oh Brotherby Mahala High Five Brigade / 07.03.2013
If you needed proof that South African radio is failing the nation and disappearing up it’s own ass (and taking us all along with it), look no further than Tumi, Youngsta and Reason’s track ‘What Have You Done, My Brother’, released and distributed for free in April last year. Hands down the most crucial joint to come out of the Red Bull Studio in 2012, and (as far as we can tell) almost entirely ignored by the radio. This song features three of South Africa’s most credible and respected emcees. Tumi is the undisputed heavyweight of South African hip hop, Youngsta was chosen to open for Lil Wayne and Reason is the next big thing, the song is a fresh slice of brilliance, catchy, relevant and rolled into a 3 minute hit format; and yet the prima donna cultural ‘tastemakers’ who decide what the nation gets to listen to at stations like Metro, 5FM, Highveld, East Coast, KFM and even YFM, slept. And they’re still sleeping. A massive shrug and WTF from the Mahala High Five Brigade. Time to collectively pull your fingers out your asses (pop!) or do us all a favour and hand those propaganda machines over to someone who gives a fuck.
Click below for the whole song:
*All images © Rowan Pybus / Red Bull.