TOSOM is an acronym for ‘The Other Side Of Me’. The ‘other side’ basically means the attributes, characteristics and emotions that Kapital K has never or rarely shares with everyone. The mixtape is a journey in which he elaborates his personal experiences in every stage in his life, highlighting his relationships with his family, friends and enemies. It also touches on his strengths and weaknesses, achievements, struggles, new experiences to mention just a few.His social life , upbringing and personal values as an artist have not been left out in coming up with the mixtape theme.
2 years ago he released ‘Mixtape Monster’, a mixtape that got him a lot more recognition in both Zimbabwe and South Africa where he is currently based. However critics (myself included) felt the mixtape had no specific theme, yet his word play and flow were on point. The man listened. TOSOM comes through as a ‘correction’ to his past mixtape, because of its sense of meaning and depth, clearly telling a story of who Kapital K is as an individual as well as an artist.
The tracklist for TOSOM is as follows:
02) Round of Applause
03) Hold Me Back (263mix)
04) Kodeine Kup (263mix)
05) Swimmin Pools (263mix)
06) Feel It In The Air (263mix)
07) My City, My Life (prod by Mike Kanyama)
08) I Know (prod by Jae Mac)
09) Success (prod by Mike Kanyama)
10) I Apologise ft. Stan 1 (prod by Mike Kanyama)
11) Turn It Up (prod by Mike Kanyama
12) I Did It Again (prod by Graig)
13) Work Yo Body
14) Luxurious Pain ft. Zeus
15) That’s Me ft. Stan1
16) Didn’t You Know
17) Little Guyz (MidCityBop pt2)
18) On My Way (prod by Michael Kanyama)
“Track 1 – T.O.S.O.M – This introduction to the tape sort of sums up what TOSOM is all about and was done in a Q&A format to address any questions people may ask regarding TOSOM such as “why I chose to show people the other side of me”, “why is it important” etc. Its an ice breaker into the mixtape.
Track 2 – Round of Applause – This song is centred around a furious but determined and motivated kid who is tired of being told “he’s the best rapper” and yet his talent hasn’t been fully exposed to the world. He’s fed up with watching artists on TV get credit for what he believes he can do better. This song breaks that line and shows more of a handover or step-down message to competing artists in the industry. I quote, “round of applause you did a great job, now pass the baton its time to take mine” . He’s had enough with the expectations and is now ready to take over. Perfect way to open the track. This beat was chosen by my friend Geoffrey Khaminwa and really brings out the aggression and emotion I felt while writing.
Track 3 – Hold Me Back (Remix) – This song is based on the whole industry in general. It is not character or artist-specific. I take it back to my highschool days where I felt really confident because I my parents are rich and with that you tend to develop a “don’t give a f#ck attitude”. I personally feel that in africa, people give credit to artists not on the basis of their comparative talent but on the fact that that particular artist is the ONLY one doing what he or she is doing. The moment you can compare that artist to an international act, there mustnt be that much of a difference especially if the artist is considered hot in Africa. I always say, “I wouldn’t want to be the best, wack rapper”. If I’m a better wack rapper than you then that doesn’t do anything for me in terms of self actualisation. I would be viewed as the best or among the best. So in this record I talk a lot of smack of realities in my life and the industry and it aimes to bring awareness to other artists in the game of e current situation and what Kapital K is about to come and do.
Track 4 – Kodeine Kups (Remix) – This is one of my favorites. In this song I take the listener on a trip into my daily life on campus at my university and how me and my boys get through random days before, during and after lectures. Everything quoted in this mixtape is the truth. Nothing fabricated!
Track 5 – Swimming Pools Teaser – This teaser was done for fun and is more a showcare of my different ways of delivery and my diversity and versatility regarding my flow. It also just touches on what’s expected of me and how far iv come so far. All in 1 verse.
Track 6 – Feel It In The Air (Remix) – On this song, I reflect back to my school days and I emphasize on the mask I had to put on whenever I left home because of the certain emotions and expression I didn’t want to expose to my friends or anyone. I am a person who doesn’t want people to feel sympathy for so I masked all my emotions to seem like everything was alright meanwhile I was r hurt inside. I only touch on this a little bit.
Track 7 – My City, My Life – Here, I basically paint a picture of the exterior view of my city, Harare, and how I have personally been welcomed by H-town. I touch on the opinions of the way people see things especially in my social circle where I grew up which was on the more fortunate and privileged side of Harare. I highlight how Zimbabweans in my area love to live a high lifestyle because that’s the life we were brought into and its only right that we enjoy what our parents have created for us.
Track 8 – I Know – In this song I touch on a few real and wise aspects of life in general and just spit my heart out on 2 verses. Every word is relatable.
Track 9 – Success – With this song, I paint a picture around success. I see success as this Mona-Lisa type of image and she’s so precious and valuable therefore plays hard to get. So I tell a story of how I spend time grooming myself into the perfect male counterpart for her just so that she can ask me on a date which is a metaphor for an “opportunity”. The only thing I’m concerned with is that once she confirms our date, I’m a make the most of it. But iv been trying and trying to get the date and she’s been dragging me along and although I’m feeling played and still continue to fight for her. Haha..
Track 10 – I Apologize ft Stan 1 – This song is directed at more of a warning sign to those that are in a comfortable position in the industry. They have been in the game for a while but my take over is gonna be more or less painful to them. It also aims at those that fell off the Kapital K wagon when my career felt stagnant.
Track 11 – Turn It Up – this is a street record. Straight up for my dawgs. Here I just paint a picture of how me and my homies used to ride around and do what we do back in high school leading up until now.
Track 12 – I Did It Again – 3 words, Guys Make Mistakes .. True story
Track 13 – Work Yo Body – this record was actually done for fun but turned out to be “Panty-Dropper” .. Its more on the lighter more sensative and vulnerable side of me.
Track 14 – Luxurious Pain ft. Zeus – this is a classical hip hop record. Timeless track. Zeus and I work around the amount of hard work we’ve put in to be where we are and I personally point out certain obstacles and sacrifes needed to be made to be where I am now.qwe like, “wow that’s easy flowing and relaxing”. The track is based around hard work and dedication.
Track 15 – Thats Me- this record just highlights our ambitions and hard work put into the tape and every song we work on
Track 16 – Little Guyz – CLUB BANGER!!!!Track 17 – Didn’t Ya Know – I blame this record on my boy Jazzy! He jus told me talk SH%T…. And so I did … HahahaTrack 18 – On My Way – this track is a special dedication to my fans, family and friends. Very personal and promising record. Without them this tape and my success would be
The mixtape promises to be an awesome compilation of tracks that come back to one theme. The date for the online release of TOSOM is November 1, 2012. There is however going to be an official launch of the mixtape at an event to be held at The Waiting Room, in Cape Town , South Africa on November 9, 2012 from 6-8pm. Kapital K will perfom some of the tracks on the mixtape, backed by a live band. CDs will be on sale on this day.
As per Bars 263 culture, every featured artist should send out shout outs. ‘The Mixtape Monster’ sends his love to CanMan, Jae Mac, Gina Jeanz, Taffy, Zeus and basically everyone who made this tape a Success..
The countdown begins. I can not wait for ‘The Other Side of Me(Kapital K)’
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