In a gripping confluence of introspection and observation, Priddy Ugly’s MUD sees him weave vivid rhymes between boom-bap percussion, languid acoustics, amapiano-inflected instrumentation, and soulful sound beds. Poetic lines like “By a landslide, storms turned my soil into mud” (“1632”) serve as a focal point as Priddy uses visceral storytelling to celebrate companionship (“Groovy Baby”), weigh grief (“Heavens Gate”), and survey the underbelly of the township (“30minutes to Soweto” and its companion piece “The Neighbourhood”). While “Botsoso” maintains a kasi aesthetic alongside fellow motorhead Lady Du, the self-assured “Win”—with Blxckie and Zoocci Coke Dope—mirrors the well-crafted contributions of Maglera Doe Boy, Bontle, lordkez, and Marcus Harvey.

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