It’s been a long time since the rebrand. And by now most of us will recognise the new moniker Zingah LOTJ while many will have forgotten the old one - or don’t know it at all. No doubt one of the most refreshing rappers to listen to in this era, Zingah graces us with a free for listen EP titled On A Different.
He’s on something different alright. With no attempts on the EP to climb up the rapper’s pole. Zingah is having fun making music all over the 10 track project, being easy with his raps. This is solidified by a line on the intro track, Our Culture ft Moonchild Sanelly, “Give a fuck if I don’t make y’all charts, we’re just tryna make our art”. It’s a good start to the project, with Moonchild being her sultry self on the feature verse.
Most of the content relays a story of just living. Having fun making money and good times spent with some baddies along the way. The 32 minute runtime of the EP will sooth your ear with deep bass sounds and melodic 808s. Some of the sounds come off experimental but all fall in just the right place. The drums also come out to play. It’s a distinct sound that’s becoming Zingah signature.
The first half of the EP goes with a trap sound. The songs are mostly about women and sex. Similar content delivered different through each of the tracks. It all hangs on Zingah’s delivery and angle at which he’s telling the stories. The flows are creative as can be heard on As Per Usual and Green Light ft Wizkid. Even though females feature a lot in Zingah’s entertainment, he doesn’t lose focus on the bigger picture. There’s Get You Right and OOO to set the record straight.
The sound switches more of a Kwaito flavour from Kanti Abazi. Not only that, the content takes a turn as well. Zingah is still being musical but he is letting the rap skill come out to play more. Magawula is far from being a skit as it’s labelled. Zingah gives us a glimpse of that vernac wordsmith once more. Something for mapantsula. That same kwaito sound is maintained even as the Lord Of The Jigs gets motivational on Nigga Lame ft Efelow while also telling Kasi chronicles.
On A Different is one of those EPs that carries the production quality of an album. The great beat selection is backed up by the musicality to match. Add to that the right selection of features Wizkid sprinkled some subtle magic on Green Light. Kwesta and Makwa did the right things on Emotional. Shout-outs to Phory (DJ Maphorisa) show the good relationship they still have. The mentorship is proving fruitful for Zingah. He leaned towards making good-sounding music and that’s encapsulated well. Even though the raps are laid back, they are far from lacklustre.
If you still haven’t heard On A Different, give it a listen below.