Stay. True. And. Xenial. is the debut EP from up and coming rapper / songwriter Thamsanqa Masiza (aka Stax Masiza). The title of the Extended Play record (if by now you still haven’t noticed) is an acronym that comes from the artist’s nickname (S.T.A.X). This EP was created in early 2018, where 2 of its lead singles “Blessed” produced by longtime high school friend from JHB, M6Beats, and “I Know” produced by another friend / Hout Bay’s sensation DJ Lava (now known as DJ Dagga), became the tone setters of the project. Soon, Stax eventually worked on more instrumentals produced by Cribo Beats from Eerste River and Cashboy from Jabulani, Soweto. The overall sound of the project is influenced by the hip-hop culture of Cape Town and the hustle & bustle side of Jozi. Throughout the 8 tracks we hear Stax rapping about Life, Love, Family, Dreams, Music and Living in two of the biggest cities in Mzansi. He is assisted by other talented vocalists such as Tremaine and Sha, as well as MC’s like C-Dawg, Messiah Jackson and Cold Zero (who he shares the same neighbourhood with in different cities). After the completion of the project in September 2019, Stax was due to releasing his debut EP 2-months later, but unfortunately had to postpone the release day after losing his eldest brother to a battle against Cancer. As that year ended, Stax recorded the last song on the project, in JHB and pushed the release date to April 10. His reasons were that he wanted to honour his late brother by releasing it within his birthday week/month. And of course, what other day would be a better day to release some good music, than on a Good Friday?
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