Free Hiphop Album - While You Were Sleeping


The Bulawayo based hip-hop trio
known as the Art Department has
dropped a bomb on Zim Hip-hop
again and this time it's in the form
of an album titled While You Were
Sleeping. The concept clearly
indicates that they were putting in
work while their ccompetition was
asleep and this is from a broad
perspective. The meaning is beyond
just the music. Download it below

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They have been awake even in
scoring deals and other personal
projects. Navy Seal joined Tone
Lakeside and Robbie ill-sicker
though the project had begun as
Navy Seal and the art department.
They worked with Alaina in August of
2014 to produce ride with us which
had a low budget video shot by
Ernest Mackina and Irvene Chimanga
(Boss Boi Designs). The video
brought them to audiences they
didn't otherwise have and was
distributed across mobile phones via
whatsapp messenger. The song is
also still in rotation across radio
Bang was the next record to hit
radio after Ride With Us. I
personally like Ride With Us more
but bang did capture its own crowd
and further proved the versatility of
the Zim "gangsta" rappers. The three
have managed to be convincing
though some sections of Hip-hop
believe it's make belief. They say
they do this for the love and
Bulawayo is indeed infested with a
high number of muggings and
criminal incidents. Rappers around
them like Black Butterfly are doing
time for murder and the struggle is
real in Northend. Their lyrics
however do not glorify murder, rape
and struggle but it is indicated.
They also celebrate the success of
rising above those obstacles. Like
when Navy Seal talks about his
family problems and his mother's
illness in "Dreams of A Man". Those
are actual events happening in real
time and the album manages to
capture those real moments in a way
that relates to most peoples struggle
with life. So that when you get to
the braggadocio parts of each song
you appreciate that it is a
celebration of overcoming all those
things a young black Zimbabwean
from a middle class suburb faces in
So while you were sleeping they
were plotting to take over and this
album is the musical representation
of what they are expressing in other
ways in the real world. It is also an
anthology that stands for everyone
who dedicates hours at night to be

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