Artist demonstrates why she’s the Queen of Nam Rap
THE reason most Namibians show up for Lioness is her rap flow, with the artist known for dropping more bars in her songs than Eveline street.
Her hit songs, such as Dreams, layered with expensive beats and inspirational lyrics left many captivated and wanting more, and the artist has finally made their wishes come true by dropping her first debut album titled, Pride of CilQ.
The album, which was officially released on 10 December 2018, has a total of 13 tracks, and features artist such as KP Illest, Skrypt, Nga I, Kenny K and Slickartie.
The artist explains that the Pride of CilQ is a musical piece which speaks on her musical journey for the last two years, both personal and in the music industry. The album features producers such as Jaleel, Mark Akhol from South Africa, Dj Potpher, Stanzo and Staxx Major. Delving into the songs on the album, the listener is treated to an eclectic genre of songs, with the album starting with an Intro, in which Lioness sets a humble tone which narrates an interview that relays that the artist produces music that resonates with the real life experiences of fans.
While not every song is a smashing hit, each serves its own purpose. The album also swings in a few tongue in cheek songs, with Lioness dropping lines with an unapologetic confidence.
On the second track of the album, titled Serpent, the artist throws sand in the faces of those that claim to support her but are not genuine about it and raps: “Go tell it on the mountain, go tell it to the serpents… They smile with you, but their eyes contradictory. Phoenix… I know heat.”
The artist further holds on to the listener’s attention by dishing out the above venomous lines with a middle eastern hip hop beat.
On one of the most collaborated tracks, titled ‘Way Too Much’, featuring Kenny K, KP Illest, and Skrypt, the artist continues with the same haughty flow.
Although one would expect the song to be grand due to the amount of talented artist on it, the beat doesn’t have anything special to it, while the repetitive chorus and rap lines sound more cramped into the song, making it a verbal contest. Lioness, however, showcases that she still has the same conscious, poetic rap style showcased in Dreams on track 11, titled Meme, which is an ode to the artist’s late mother. On the track, Lioness proves that she can both rap and sing, orchestrating her undying admiration to the woman who raised her.
“I’d give my life for you, I’d pay that price for you,” the artist raps on the song which is accompanied by an easy going instrumental that compliments her voice.
While one might skip a track or two from the few new songs and old tracks, the Pride CilQ features a wide range of producers that put effort into the quality of sound while Lioness shows the contrast in her talent from dishing out multi-syllable rhymes, heavy hitting punch lines to reflective songs, making the album a 4 out of 5.