From the first bar of VenusRaps’ EP ‘Superstar,’ it is clear that the record is rightfully named.
Formerly one of Johannesburg’s best-kept secrets, VenusRaps, aka Vanessa Ndlovu’s star has been on the rise. In recent years she’s collaborated with Adidas, Ofentse Mwase, and been featured on Yo! MTV Raps, MTV Base Cypher, Trace Africa, and the Zakwe KZN Freestyle Cypher. Not one for fluff or adlibs, VenusRaps’ pen game is focused, colorful, and deadly throughout ‘Superstar’ as she seamlessly weaves together melodic hooks and brutal bars that would make any battle rapper blush.
‘Superstar’ is one of several EPs resulting from the legendary Re.decay songwriting camp at Jazzworx Studios in late 2022.
VenusRaps and 11 other talented, young South African artists came together for a week of creativity under the guidance of Berlin-based producers and label owners Owen Ross and Emanuel Bender.
‘Superstar’ showcases production from AirDee and Phoniks, two of SA’s fastest-rising young producers, and includes features from Buzzi Lee, MaTa, and Hāzy.
“Being a young, black, plus-sized woman in the male-dominated field of Hip Hop requires me to have a lot of confidence and braggadocio. Especially in SA ’cause we’ve had very few female rappers who’ve had commercial success,” says Vanessa. “I would love to change how female rappers are seen in SA.”
‘Superstar’ was released on RDK Records on April 14th and is executive produced by Re.decay.
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