Leslie Jonathan Mampe, Jr., commonly known as Da L.E.S is low-key one of the most consistent and prolific South African rap artists.
The rapper, who’s been in the industry for eleven years, just released his fifth studio album High Level, and as usual, it’s a turn-up.
Da L.E.S makes happy music, and is unapologetic about it. So expect trap production and lyrics about the great times. Just like most of the man’s previous work, High Level is a well-crafted body of work, which features Gemini Major, Yanga Chief, Tay Grin, Khuli Chana, Tshego and G. Baby Da Silva.
Da L.E.S is an important figure in South African new school rap. Since his stint with the group Jozi, he’s progressed in his career, solidifying his mark in SA’s rap industry. Alongside the likes of L-Tido, Bongani Fassie, Maggz, Sean Pages, and Morale, Da L.E.S was trapping before it was commonly accepted.
So if you aren’t moved by his music, at least respect what he stands for.
Or respect his work ethic. Earlier this year, he released a compilation under his label Fresh 2 Def called F2D: Present Hall of Fame, which featured the aforementioned Gemini Major and Yanga Chief, who were signed under the label.
Take a listen to the album below: