Manga x Rogues are the realest. Each song is like watching Curb Your Enthusiasm because in some ways Manga reports on the thoughts that a lot of mandem are afraid to talk about. Not only that but you feel as though his words become your thoughts as we’ve all been there at some point.
It’s only a matter of time until these guys escape the confines of the intellectuals and art aficionados to the wider plateau of popular culture.
I think the secret to Manga’s sense of listeners being able to relate to him is his method of humanising the delivery; using everyday words and phrases that the everyday person will speak and hear. I’ve said it time and time again, but this guy as a lyricist and creative writer is a genius. Same goes for Nana Rogues, and if you don’t believe me about Nana’s knack for capturing and conveying deep, subsonic emotive sentiments, go back and listen to some of the earlier collabs with Manga and also J2K’s EP, where his productions featured heavily.
It’s only a matter of time until these guys who convey their insecurities, observations and life experiences for therapeutic purposes, escape the confines of the intellectuals and art aficionados to the wider plateau of popular culture.
Since collaborating on this project these two have avalanched into creative powerhouses. MSH built on his independent, grassroots and humanised aesthetic, assembled a team of creatives and has launched iconic drop after drop of merch, also toured the UK a few times, and released some epic albums. Nana Rouges has been equally as successsful in his field with production credits for Drake, Tinie Tempah, Section Boyz, K-Trap and many more. NR also released his own song To The Max ft. WizKid & Not3s.
Originally published on Up In The Ear c.2015