Hot off the heels of his new single ‘Tito Mboweni’, Cassper Nyovest is back with his highly-anticipated third studio album ‘Thuto’. The rapper admits that he feels the album is some of his best work to date and after listening to the 16-track offering, I couldn’t agree more.
Hip-hop isn’t a simple genre. It started off as a platform where artists could tell their stories through music and Cassper shares his in what is probably his most honest offering to date. The lyrical content shows the different sides of the rapper. On tracks like ‘Confused’ and ‘I Wasn’t Ready For You’, the rapper opens up about past relationships and love and does so with so much heart. On ‘Superman’, he speaks about what an incredible man his father is while on ‘We Living Good’, he opens up about his life of luxury. It’s powerful seeing a man speak about his feelings so freely and sharing his story. In fact, it’s really refreshing. It seems Cassper uses songwriting as a form of therapy. He isn’t afraid to bare his soul through his music and it’s probably the reason he has become so successful as a rapper.
The production on the record is really slick as well. From the ballads to the bangers, each song is beautifully crafted and, honestly, each has the potential to become a radio single. While there are strong international influences on the album (specifically on the production), the album is still proudly South African and I think that this mix is something that has helped the star identify with so many people around the country.
On the album, Cassper shies away from collaborating with other popular rappers. Besides a verse from Nadia Nakai and an interlude by Riky Rick, Cassper joins forces with the likes of Goapele – who does a great job covering Malaika’s ‘Destiny’ – and Black Thought on ‘Ng’yekeleni’. It makes the album more exciting and more interesting.
Cassper has done a tremendous amount of growth since dropping ‘Refiloe’ back in 2015. The rapper has taken a few risks this time around and they’ve certainly paid off. ‘Thuto’ a solid, calculated, interesting and entertaining release and one Cassper should be incredibly proud of.
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