By Mpho MUSOWA
Classick, one half of the Blantyre based rap duo, Home Grown African has weighed in his two cents into the ongoing new school vs old school rivalry which has been dominating Malawi urban music debates both online and offline.
The argument about new school artists being the best as compared to their predecessor has turned ugly with jabs being thrown.
This week, the new school artist has addressed the said issues by dropping a song titled NMT (Not My Type) with retired legendary rap artist Mandela, Formerly Third Eye.
Speaking to Joy Nathu on his Made on Monday show, Classick said he was honoured that Mandela blessed him with a verse before calling it quits.
Classick said he was humbled to have Mandela on the song as it speaks volumes of the respect he has for old school music and artists.
“I am a new school artist but what some of these artists are saying does not reflect the point of view of all of us that is why I decided to bridge the gap, link up with a veteran. I am honoured
that he accepted to lace a verse. This is the last we will hear of Third Eye and I am just humbled”. He confesses.
Classick said he grew up listening to Mandela and other old school artists and finds it disrespectful to hear artist in his own generation despise those that came before them.
Most people were surprised when the accomplished Dj and Mc, Joy Nathu announced he is dropping a song by Zulu and Mandela. A random interview revealed that some M dubz faithful felt Mandela’s retiring was a gimmick.
Classick did however clarify that Mandela is still retired but decided to bless the young mc, who is only 24 with a verse. This is the first time the two have come on a song and it’s highly regarded as what the industry needed to overcome the unnecessary conflict that is there right now.
“The song doesn’t have Classick on the artwork but Zulu, and Mandela, I am not changing my name but being proud of my roots, African and I just thought this was the right time”.
Classick said this is not his official single but something he wanted to put out there voicing out his views on the whole issues.
The Home Grown African artist also did a really impressive off the dome freestyle which some quotas have said might be the best thus far on the most happening urban music radio show.
Click the artwork below to download NMT (Not My Type) by Zulu feat Mandela