Through the years, we’ve had some of our favorite rappers channeling some popular personalities in their music like how Cassper Nyovest and JR both channeled their inner Tito Mboweni and Bob Mabena respectively. Neo Modise, aka Red Button, exerts a similar route only this time, he takes on the role of the Dark Knight as he finally presents something new. These past few months, Red Button has gradually gotten back to the scene by releasing new music as well as collaborating with fellow artists. Button gained notoriety in the game through the help of late emcee and mentor, PRO, but it was the former’s lyrical prowess which took him off and further set him apart from other spitters in the game.
In a chat with him, he dissected the current atmosphere in the music industry and also spoke of the lessons learned from Linda. He speaks of these teachings as well as some of his experiences in length on his EP’s opening song, Kasi Lam, which finds him tackling an instrumental sampled from Trey Songz’ Na Na and he waxes off his melodic raps while repping the South Western Townships. The EP is snackable in a sense that it only houses 8 songs with most of them being produced by Button as he also gives production powers to Cadiak for the project’s introspective title track alongside Lore & Ofentic. Button also highlights the themes of betrayal, disrespect, as well as the harsh reality of dealing with losing a loved one, which he tackles in a song dedicated to PRO (Mlindoms).
A key factor for me in the EP is the authenticity of the raps and production. Other featured acts, Maraza and Stann, equally bring the smoke with their contributions to the project and help heighten the essence of Dark Knights. I appreciate how Red Button never tried to fit into the now popular trend of making trap music, do show love to the new release: