Reason has explained that his inspiration to venture into amapiano was Focalistic and Lady Du, not Cassper Nyovest, in light of the suggested rivalry between the two.

Reason took to Instagram on Thursday, 22 July 2021, to confirm that his upcoming single, Khanda Shisa, featuring DJ Maphorisa, is available for pre-order. The single is expected for release this Friday, 23 July 2021. Reason is set to release the single under his new alias, Sizwe Alakine. The name is believed to be intentional, considering that the single is set to mark his first venture into amapiano.

Ahead of the release of the song, Reason has tapped the song as having a cultural impact similar to the hit single by Kwesta, Ngud’, featuring Cassper Nyovest. This is as the single is produced by amapiano tastemaker and one of the producers of Ngud’, DJ Maphorisa. However, the promotional campaign has been met with some antagonism. This was suggested by reactions to the tweets by Cassper Nyovest.

Nyovest was arguably the first mainstream hip-hop artist to venture into amapiano through his collaborations with Focalistic and Major League DJz. Additionally, this was also evident through the release of his 2018 album, Sweet and Short, which he followed with the recent album, Sweet and Short 2.0. Nyovest was believed to have dampened the mood of the release, as he suggested that Reason would receive kudos for the release, due to him being part of the “in-crew” in music, unlike the ridicule he experienced.

In light of the post by Nyovest, which suggested that he was the pioneer and the rest of the hip-hop artists that have since ventured into amapiano are followers, Reason subsequently reacted to the posts by first laughing at the suggestion of a rivalry. He then set the record straight about which artists inspired him to venture into amapiano. He named Lady Du and Focalistic.

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