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Dames – Biggy

Big-Bigger-Biggy - Biggy

Big-Bigger-Biggy – Biggy

When you first see the video for this track (see Youtube link below), you may be tempted to say, ‘That Eminem has put on some weight’, as SA’s Biggy looks somewhat like the US rapper with blonde hair and blue eyes, with a few additional pounds added on. But while the local Notorious Biggy is a few weight divisions above Eminem he, like his American lookalike, knows a good beat when he hears one.

There is a very catchy rap of ‘Dames/sê my wat jou name is/my name is Adrianus’ (ladies tell me what your name is, my name is Adrianus) which is done in a slacker voice over some wicked beats, telling of Biggy’s luck and then bad luck with girls as he invites one home, but is dumped when she discovers he still lives with his parents or when a girl hears he’s a well known rapper, but when he takes her outside a boyfriend punches his lights out.

Biggy doesn’t take himself too seriously with these funny lyrics, cool rhymes and catchy beats. Perhaps the refrain of ‘Damessê my wat jou names is…’ does become a little irritating after about the 50th time in the song, but this is a minor criticism of one of the tracks which demonstrates the growth and maturity of Afrikaans rap music. Slightly less vulgar than Die Antwoord or Jack Parrow, Biggy is a more clean cut rapper. He is the Kurt Darren to Die Antwoord’s Fokofpolisiekar of the SA rap scene. He is a bit like The Fat Boys or De La Soul, who took the lighter approach to rapping than the gangsta style. And he just about makes it work with ‘Dames’.

Where to find it:
Big Bigger Biggy – Biggy (2019), Universal


I Am The Eagle You’re The Wind – Bles Bridges

Net Vir Jou - Bles Bridges

Net Vir Jou – Bles Bridges

Love him or hate him, this list would not be complete without a Bles Bridges song. He was a huge star amonst the Afrikaans portion of the South African population and well known amongst the English speakers as well. His success was perhaps due in part to him singing in both languages.

Born in Viljoensdrift in the Free State, (with the name Lawrence John Gabriel Bridges), he began his professional career in the early 80s and by the time he died in 2000 (in a motor accident) he had shifted 2.5 million records and had outsold Frank Sinatra at Sun City.

‘I Am The Eagle You’re The Wind’ was one of his biggest hits. The song has soaring orchestration over which Bles, strong (almost operatic) voice floats in this uplifting pop song. It is the style of song that had a lot of popularity in the country and echoes of this can be heard in later Afrikaans songs by artists such as Juanita du Plessis, Kurt Darren and Die Campbells.

There used to be a joke that if you played Bles Bridges records backwards you got poitjiekos recipes, but Bles knew the recipe for success. You can’t really argue that an artist that shifted as many records as he did does not deserve to be on this list.

Where to find it:
Bles Bridges Se Grootste Treffers – Net Vir Jou (1994) Vat 5 Musiek, CDVAT6260


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