When I say AKA I bet you’re expecting a story about something he tweeted. Mr. Forbes has a love-hate relationship with the media.
Personality-wise, people either really like him or really hate him. But one thing is for sure, he’s always outchere ready with the hits. His formula for crafting music that has become the soundtracks for people’s lives is unmatched. So is his sampling. Of course, like his personality, this has either had people up in arms or celebrating him. Case in point
Daft Punk samples— Quinton. (@KeThatoMashego) January 26, 2018
Black Coffee samples
But AKA gets bashed for sampling interesting #SweetFire
Sampling is an actual thing in music. The issue surrounding how the likes of AKA have done it though, according to people, is that it shows ‘lack of creativity’. This train of thought has been applied by people who listen to music by artists from overseas which are riddled with samples. So, is the issue with local artists only then? I mean, AKA doesn’t just chop and loop he literally goes into studio and makes an instrumental that will surround the sample or even recreate a loop he likes with Master A Flat.
I mean, sure, like any AKA fan I’d love some bars from him and I hate autotune but the arrangement of these ‘lack of creativity’ songs is amazing. In music, we have to be honest no ideas are original. But does sampling equal to lack of creativity?
Weren’t you going crazy when you heard L-Tido’s ‘Thixo’? Didn’t you lose your mind to AKA’s ‘Run Jozi’? What were you singing more? The hooks, right? The same hooks that take you back to Kwaito hits you grew up around.
We love nostalgia. But maybe the issue is a hip-hop head thing. Like a lot of people stay saying that AKA is shifting from just being a rapper to being a well-rounded (pop?) artist, so maybe heads are afraid they’ll lose him. Whatever the case is, one thing is for sure sampling is good for the culture. Do you think sampling is good or bad?
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