By editor Mosa Mahlangu
The hype leading to the first-ever 2020 South African Black Twitter Awards was abuzz. However, some people were skeptical of its success, given that it was a virtual Twitter event (no epic venue, no red carpet, no glamorous entrée, no paparazzi). Expectations were high from all the organisers, the amazing host @SciTheComedist (Twitter's self-acclaimed Public Protector), and all the talent that was on the performance line-up. Swagged up in a black sweater (with his name characteristically embroidered on it), Landrose stood in front of his mic under the spotlight.
The dark ambiance gave me chills and was a signal of a looming slayage. The beat dropped. He then landed his crazy opening “... we was never cut from the same cloth. Y’all haters sold on the retail. The game got me on speed dial. But I told 'em 'Send me an email.'". That was a solid start and had me sold immediately. Undisputedly rated as the best performance of the night, Landrose shook the Twitter world with his hit song titled The New National Anthem which is self-explanatory. It is no surprise that it was nominated for the song of the year 2020 by KAE News. Packed with tons of bars and schemes to last one for an entire lifetime, he murdered the beat in 7 South African official languages. Now that is a rare sight in modern rap and hip-hop, and the most unique thing about Landrose to my estimation (let alone his god-level brain). Tweeps lost their cool and could not help but praise Landrose for his genius and talent in excelsis. S.A. hip-hop needs this guy. He is a breath of fresh air'. 'I didn't even read who you tagged but I already knew who you talking about. He is something else’. ‘I know this might not seem like a big deal but how many rappers around the world can rap in 7 languages’. ‘This performance should trend until he pops’. ‘This is the kind of quality performances I signed up for'. These are just a few of a myriad of comments Landrose's performance received that night.
For my part, the #2020BlackTwitterAwards were lit but Landrose made it a night to remember. Which performer made your night?
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