Each month we invite a South African musician to join us in The Booth to see what they’re bumping, to get a sense of where the magic (partly) comes from. With Rocking The Daisies and OppiKoppi almost upon us, we decided to invite a handful of musicians who will be performing at the respective festivals to join us for a special festival edition of The Booth, where we will feature one artist each day leading up to festival weekend.
First up, we have one of Cape Town’s finest exports: YoungstaCPT.
With 27 mixtapes and numerous EPs and accolades to his name, YoungstaCPT (aka Riyadh Roberts), is one of the hardest-working rappers in the country. I can still recall being blown away by his performance in the Electro Dome at Rocking The Daisies in 2011 – an indication of how quickly his craft had developed, as well as the fact that he is no stranger to festival stages.
His focus of late has been on his roots, growing up in Cape Town and using his position to highlight the intersection of plight and positivity that many young people from his hood have to deal with on a day-to-day basis. He is currently involved in Vodacom’s #VodacomNxtLvl Style The Youth Tour, visiting a handful schools in the Western Cape and inspiring the students through his music and fashion interests. Check out this video from his visit to HTS Bellville for an idea.
Artists who work hard always seem to find ways to work harder. It’s truly inspiring to see an artist like YoungstaCPT, who backs up his celebrated position within the South African hip-hop landscape with skill and passion, but also transcends its superficial glamour by directing his influence towards helping young and aspiring South Africans to do the same with their passions.
Catch him at OppiKoppi on Friday 6 October and Rocking The Daisies on Saturday 7 October. In the meantime, here are his 5 favourite tracks at the moment, in no particular order:
Dave East – ‘Wanna Be Me’
I like the lyrics of the song the most. Smooth production also, but the content really stands out, a very personal track but still able to penetrate the ears and make your head nod.
Nasty C – ‘031’
This track bangs! I like the fact he’s repping where he’s from, which is a common theme in most of my music! Big ups to Durban and the whole East coast.
Freddie Gibbs – ‘Amnesia’
I’m a big FG fan and once again he delivered a solid 2017 offering. This is a standout track on the album for me.
Charlie Wilson – ‘Last Name Wilson’
Back when R&B/Soul was the order of the day, these sounds dominated the mainstream daily. I miss these vibes, so I’m glad I was recently reminded of this classic gem.
A$AP Ferg – ‘Psycho’
A few weeks ago I checked Ferg live in Johannesburg and he didn’t perform this track but the narrative centers around his crazy uncle & how he wanted to be like him growing up. A very relatable hip-hop song to kids growing up in the hood.
Ahead of his appearances this festival season, check out YoungstaCPT’s powerful ‘Takkies’ video below, which we covered in this piece last month: