AKA, real name Kiernan Forbes has been a shining beacon of what it means to be consistent as he has made sure to keep himself on the top our minds since the day he dropped the monumental Victory Lap in 2011 until today, writes Thanduxolo Zwane.hen it comes to the music industry, it’s easy to slip into irrelevance as it is a fast-paced industry, that is why consistency is key and
2020 has been a slow year for the music industry, with many releases being pushed back since the advent of covid-19, but this has not stopped the Fela in Versace hitmaker as he dropped 3 new Singles to maintain the latest wave of music he’s been surfing from Free which dropped late 2019, this time around he brings us Monuments, Energy and Cross My Heart to keep fans entertained during this time when content is so scarce.
Now that Aka’s triplets are here, it’s time to take a look at each. Starting from Energy, Monuments, and Cross My Heart.
Energy is a toned-down hit, perfect for a late-night drive featuring Gemini Major (Benn Kamoto) on the hook to help him get his point across. The Super Mega is at his pinnacle now, and he wants to make that known in this one, as he states in the song that he is at the peak of his energy, in the first verse he speaks on his experiences within the music game and all that he has learned from it, he switches up in the second verse and starts addressing concerns he has been hearing pertaining to his music from the substance of his music, comparison of bars and the reason why he makes music,” I’m past making money I’m making art, perfecting my craft like I’m Tony Stark…”
Monuments solidify that every time Yanga Chief (Yanga Ntshakaza) team up in a hit is sure to be the greatest result ever. The Dreamwork duo goes in hard on this one, Aka flexes and addresses haters and fans alike on his verses while he questions why he started making music and if he’s stayed true to that in the hook, clearly it was to be the greatest of all time as he names himself amongst a few of the greatest people to ever be influential on this planet. Yanga never disappoints and this time he proves that he is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to Rap, whether its bars or flow, he brings it in every aspect of his monumental verse on this track.
Cross My Heart is an instant classic with RnB, Kwaito influences laced with a couple of African drums. This slick laid back song mostly addresses a lover, but it’s far from a typical love song as it is sure to get you moving over the banging beat by Tweezy and smooth flow by the Super mega as complement each other perfectly.
In all honesty, AKA has brought some amazing kind of heat into the South African hip hop scene. Such is respect, especially when an artist fully understands what works for their brand.