When it comes to music releases, 2020 will go down as the year of plenty. The latest to have their ticket punched is rapper Zingah. Zingah Released his latest album Sessions At The Crib through Blaqboy records with distribution by Sony.
Sessions At The Crib runs for 36 minutes, with a total of 11 tracks. It is a musical offering from Zingah. It packs more features than solo performances. And that is in no way a knock. The features were well-selected and perfectly placed.
Zingah has long since proved his rapping skills. He is now on a quest to grow within his style. He works in a lot of singing from the get. He portrays control of his vocals as he experiments with stretching it in obscure ways. He does this on the intro, 1st Session and again on Collab where he features Emtee.
Zingah sticks to his favourite subject matter; money and women he doesn’t necessarily have a regard for. All while minding his own business. On Lead The way he features K.O with Zoocci Coke Dope on the beat. This indicates that he and K.O still enjoy a cordial relationship, with Zingah having featured on recent SKADAWORLD work.
The production on the album is good, with various names getting credits, local and international. Zingah’s beat selection is on the money when it comes to keeping a similar feel when crossing over. He features AKA on Crucial who fires some shots in what seems like a not-so-general direction. Feelings will be caught. It transitions seamlessly into On My Own where Zingah kicks melodic raps in a poetic style with RnB maestro Kly harmonising the vocals.
The love songs are sandwiched between the more lyrical rap joints. Even with his nonchalance, he still paints excerpts of his vulnerabilities and events in his life that got him to move the way he does. He gets through it without being soggy. Sometimes even being too rugged in contrast with the melodies.
Zingah is definitely one of the best doing it right now. A key change to his reinvention was switching to a style where he doesn’t bar you to death but works in melodic raps instead. By so doing, Zingah has given himself a unique sound within which he maneuvers. This is what enables him to work with the range of features he rolled with here without changing much of himself and his style.
Youngsta came out swinging for no reason on No Reason, as he’s known to do. Sessions At The Crib wraps up with Olova, Zingah sends out warning shots over a drill beat produced by Chris Richardson. This sound might see wide adaptation in SA, given that some artists are already showing how well it can fuse with local styles.
Sessions At The Crib is a good album. The features are placed exactly where they should be to bring out their strong points. It feels flat on energy from the intro right and only picks up with the last two tracks. Zingah built on well on the sound he introduced on his previous project, On A Different. It’s cool, laid back music.