Review | Big Zulu's meek and mild diss track

play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
For this track, Big Zulu bit ideas from American rappers The Game and Kendrick Lamar. Photo: Supplied
For this track, Big Zulu bit ideas from American rappers The Game and Kendrick Lamar. Photo: Supplied


Big Zulu dropped 150 bars taking a swing at the local rap game and Phumlani S Langa thinks it is nothing more than poorly constructed posturing. 

Someone needs to tell Big Zulu that he is the local equivalent of Nelly when it comes to vernacular raps. He started harmonising his bars and got radio play and now he thinks he's some kind of MC. Big Zulu has three albums and a career spanning seven years and yet, this is the second song worthy of being discussed and I use that term loosely. 

For this track, Big Zulu bit ideas from American rappers The Game and Kendrick Lamar. The Game put out an impressive diss track many years ago called 300 bars, where he takes aim at his rivals and Kendrick Lamar did this same thing in Control. Even Nadia Nakai released a banger a few years back called 40 Bars, so this is by no means an original idea.

Now this guy comes with 150 of the moistest bars I ever heard. Nursery school schemes and he still has Prokid’s flow on layaway.

Honestly, I wouldn’t even respond to these kindergarten scripts if I were included in the hit list. There are few worse things than an unchecked wack rapper, so allow me to put Big Zulu in line. 

He takes a cheap shot at the amapiano movement talking about how hip-hop heads don’t knock at the door. I wouldn't be surprised if he jumped on to an amapiano beat sometime this year, if he hasn’t already.

He also says Cassper Nyovest got high on his own Family Tree. Zulu sounds serious with his booming delivery and an eerie beat to match but it’s the same flow he always uses. He calls himself the God of the local rap game and how he is swinging through the jungle like Tarzan and playing with lions. Delusions of grandeur are a serious problem in Johannesburg. It’s like all those influencers who posed for the new Thebe Magugu X Adidas range and stood there in what they know full well is some highly suspect attire but anything for the flick. 

READ: Free raps from Stogie T every Friday

Intaba Yase Dudabi also gets smoke from Zulu, which is fair enough, what exactly is he going to do? They already stole his money. He also takes aim at Stogie T, a luxury rapper who Zulu claims has all the chains in the world with car emblems on them but no cars to match. Big mistake that, as Stogie could out rap this guy while doing his grocery shopping. 

Emtee also felt the wrath of Zulu and took to his social media to cry about it, kind of. It was more funny than sad as he kept asking what on earth he did to make this timer so upset.

This track is nothing more than a grab for attention. The Game did the same thing with a stupid sounding 10-minute diss track The Black Slim Shady. He makes the mistake of referencing Eminem’s daughter Hailey and the last time that happened, the aggressor turned into Ja Rule.  

Some people are saying that this track was fuelled by the self-proclaimed Inkabi. He might be one of the most decorated rappers in the country in terms of accolades, but let’s not act like he couldn’t get bodied by an artist like Blxckie. 

READ: Watch | Pheli Makaveli: from strife to stardom

Any replies Big Zulu receives will see him catch smoke, but I wouldn’t my waste time with this artist. Three albums later and nobody reading this could tell me what the first title is.

He must just go make another sing-along hit for the old folks in KZN cause as far as an MC goes and moving the crowd, he couldn’t accomplish that even if he was armed with a semi-automatic weapon.

All for nearly 900 000 views on YouTube and now, Big Zulu has some of the best pens in the game aimed at him.

READ: Meet Big Xhosa – the real deal or a spoof artist?

I would suggest he fall back like summer, but I know he won’t cause he's an “inkabi”.

What do you think of this make-believe assassins diss track and should anyone bother replying?

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For 14 free days, you can have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed. 
Subscribe to News24
Latest issue
Latest issue
All the news from City Press in PDF form.
Read now
Voting Booth
Damaged traffic lights and load shedding have led to a mushrooming of informal traffic controllers – mostly homeless people or beggars – in Joburg's major intersections. What are your thoughts?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
We need them
0% - 0 votes
Deploy professionals
70% - 7 votes
They pose more disorder
20% - 2 votes
They must be paid
10% - 1 votes