IV Maestro drops another dope 23 track album and all I can say is if you don?t know who IV is I suggest u sit down pull chair and get to know him. After listening to his latest project called TopJITA 2.0 : Married To The Game I can safely say Byo hip-hop or skhanda rap or kasi rap or Spaza rap as IV likes to say is in very good and safe hands. The music industry in the southern part of the country has changed in the past few months and now more and more cats and acts are making music some of it good and some of it average and of course some of it well below par and the standard we expect. This is IV's second album and he has shown that he is not a fluke or a fly by night artist. He is definite a front runner and he is setting the pace and raising the bar higher when it comes to music from this part of the country. Some artists come make a lot of noise have a good buzz and then fizzle out into oblivion, NO not the IV he is here to stay and he has bars, punchlines and metaphors for days. Just in case you don?t know who IV is let me try and bring you up to speed. He is the CEO and Founder of CMG, Chilliaphonia Music Group and he dropped his first album a few months back entitled TopJITA : Spaza Weekend which featured the hit song Majaivana Back and a few other dope singles which included Holy Grail. The first was not for sale and it was a free project which saw it garner over 12,000 downloads in the first days of its release. Anyway back to Maestro's second project TopJITA 2.0. The album comes in 2 packages, there is the standard version which contains only 16 tracks which goes for $4 and there is the gold version which contains all the 23 tracks plus a TopJITA Snapback and complementary earphones.
There are some tracks that definitely stand out on the album but all in all it is a solid project that is both from a production point of view as well as relevance and content point of view. My personal favourites include Too Fast featuring II Duce, Badlala Ka So featuring Kasi Substance and JDumza, Ngoma Ndiyo Ndiyo featuring Munetsi, Ikwali, Mari Yako Chete featuring Brythreesixty, Yimlo featuring Guluva 7 just to mention a few. IV has some notable features which include Munetsi, Brythreesixty, Guluva 7, Sky City Uno, POY and Kasi Substance. On production IV also has some heavy hitters namely; Marvin, Aykay, Phanas, The Blacksheep,and a new kid on the block Real_iancea. IV also does a bit of production work as well. This album is a must have and it has come out at the perfect time,summer time. There are some definite party bangers like Too Fast, We Up Tonight and Drink in my cup as well as deep and conscious songs like Mangethe where we see the emotional side of IV where he talks about losing his father and him having to step into his shoes and become the man of the house and provide for his mom and siblings. He talks about leaving for SA to look for a better life but his mom is against it.
On a scale of 1 is to 10 I give the album a solid 8.5. This is a brilliant album and if IV is not amongst the top 5 MCs in Skies then I wonder who is. IV says he will take a break after this album and he will only be dropping singles and doing features which is understandable but this album will keep us entertained and will provide countless hours of listening pleasure well into 2017. The album is not online yet and I encourage him not to only push hard copies but to upload the album onto an online store. This way he will reach a wider audience and touch more lives. So in order to get your copy of the album connect with Maestro IV via twitter or facebook. All I can say is ?Are You Ready for IV?. Its TopJITA! Sithi Salute!!!