Andile Isaacs a.k.a. cApitol A is a cat from Tambo Village in Manenberg. He is the young brother to U.N.A and also a producer and wordsmith reppin’ the K.Y.D Underground. Capitol comes across as this quiet nigga that you wouldn’t immediately associate with hip hop. In fact, you’ll be forgiven to mistake him for a house music dude if you gona get caught up in his dress sense or his demeanour. But, make no mistake, he’s a reputable producer and emcee on the come up from what is arguably the most exciting hip hop movement on the cities scene in recent times, K.Y.D Underground.

In 2007 Capitol was just another fan of rap music and didn’t really have any artistic aspirations. He was just contempt with just being a follower of such artists like Eminem. Little did he know that he was about to embark on journey that would set him up for whirlwind of beat production and emceeing as he dabbled with beat making.

He started writing three years later with no intention of really performing or recording, just honing his skills. It never even occurred to him that around that time Gugx rap scene was in full swing. There was even a crew from his hood called The Vigilantez, who were one of the primary line-ups regular acts at the All N.Y’s Sunday jam sessions, a fact that he seemed to be oblivious to.

It would take him another three years to finally record and perform. “I started writing in 2010 as a hobby and just honing of skill really’. It was until 2013 that I got to actually lay wax on record and perform, due partly to hooking up with some of ma niggaz who were to become K.Y.D. Underground crew.’

When asked about what would he like to achieve both as an emcee and producer, Capitol is resolute in his conviction toward turning the tide in the industry’s normal route of migrating to the bad ol’ Jozi in order to make it.

“My thing is about contributing to building a big enough market right here at home for all heads to thrive, and not have to be subjected to the conventionality of the great trek to Jozi. Kinda like what them Durban niggaz are doing with Kwaito music. Cape Town is big enough a market for us to do the same with hip hop.”

As a producer cApitol cites Dr Dre as his source of inspiration and prefers FL Studio as his program of choice. He confesses that he regard himself a producer before an emcee. I ask him about what he would like to be remembered for after all this journey is finished,

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“I would like to be remembered as an honest, no fake-ass , hardworking nigga who contributed in creating a legacy that would see the culture’s next generation live out their dream and truly cement Cape Town’s role in the history of hip hop.

 

Mixtape Review: Outcast by Capitol A

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Listening to the Outcast mixtape got a nigga feeling nostalgic of a time past when we were all on the come up and living the culture to the fullest and not givin’ a mutherfuck.

Capitol’s sampling ability gives authoritative demand to paying attention to his remarkable maturity in his craftsmanship, both   on production and lyricism. He ventures between dropping knowledge with his, sometimes,  politically charged themes  to street wisdom with such conviction that the aspect of enjoying what he’s doing comes through so beautifully, while every song is executed as if his life depended on it.

Basically Capitol’s offering is nothing short of pure passion on record, nuff sed!! All the joints in this tape deserve individual reviews, so I won’t single out any coz all 8 of them are blazing, check the tape out.’

Peace!!!!

Tha Layman.