The African Hip Hop Blog was founded in 2008. It was formed to distribute the 25toLyf Mixtape online after the 2,000 physical CDs that were printed sold out in 2 weeks. This mixtape featured artists from Zimbabwe, South Africa, and Zambia. It also featured the legendary Inspectah Deck of the Wu-Tang Clan (USA). The project was seen as a landmark compilation that encouraged African artists to work together and also exposed these artists to international audiences.
Since then, the African Hip Hop Blog has continued to grow while providing platform for African artists to share and document their work. To date the African Hip Hop Blog has a following that surpasses 1,500,000 readers from all over the world. It has African born writers based in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana, South Africa, & the United Kingdom. These writers cover music, news, festivals, & events from all over the continent & in the diaspora while providing analysis, commentary, and advice on Africa’s Hip Hop movement.
The blog uses various online services and social media platforms to speak to a large and diverse global audience. Event highlights, documentaries, interviews, and music videos are posted on The AfricanHHB YouTube page. The AfricanHHB has an active Soundcloud page that offers a free hub for artists to share and distribute their content outside of the blog itself, while Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook are utilised to share shorter forms of media instantly with readers and followers.
In 2014 The African Hip Hop Blog worked with Rymez (A Zimbabwean born producer based in UK) on The Pungwe Sessions EP. There are plans to work on a follow up project and more compilations with artists from across the continent. The AfricanHHB is also heavily invested in creating original video content and has produced a series of documentaries and interviews with African artists
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