Mwanaamundu 3rd is a trippy, soulful, experimental and mostly instrumental junkie that notably specializes in extensive, loopy, evocative soundtracks for interstellar overdrives. Since the inception of his carrier, 3rd has been on a beat sharing spree and always made it a point that any artist, be professional or aspiring that visited the DextrawStudios had takeaways for both criticism and inspiration. Any informed discussion of MM3rd music is in fact a no brainier because it seams to be more interested in setting a mood than showing off its virtuosity even though the later stays evident. His indulgent versatile compositions have elements to draw you in regardless of preference.
In 2002, 3rd, Handsaloof, Get-a-fix and MastaSplinter did the infamous Thabanchu dips, which involved making albums over weekends and selling the sprayed discs with ‘bombed’ sleeves in Campus for their livelihood and equipment. The team later went separate ways to pursue they respective interests after releasing a dozen projects and successfully proving the feasibility of the industry to themselves. His involvement with LFK and the Motswako creed was by chance and by virtue of being a Mahtown resident after ‘getting done’ with formal schooling at the local University. LFK, an initiative by Tiktingz Productions, spearheaded by Thai who doubles as a pioneer of the Culture in Mahtown, was a breeding ground for raw local talent and didn’t go unnoticed because of their high energy spirited shows. 3rd Managed the stage then and got to know most of the acts that would later be his Partners in the scheme of things.
CRU'Z CONTROL RELOADED 2012
LFKs tangent has been on the role of primary lyricism, charting some of the pressures of everyday life, while the Production perfected all manner of studio trickery to the delight of the ever-growing Soulful but grimy Tswak Nation. In his own words, 3rd states that, >>> ‘Cruz control Vol 1 was a limited edition project that was pushed off back packs at shows in a fateful attempt to gather back support and confidence for the LFK Movement which had been forced to go real underground to fend for itself, and also get a platform to perform on the 2010 FIFA world cup stages. I took ions off everything to study the craft and wasn’t seeing most of the peeps as often, so when folks came to studio I didn’t really care to dig for beats, all we needed to hear were rhymes coz we hadn’t kicked it in a minute. Some beats in vol 1 were quick mash-ups just to secure vocals and most were recorded on metronomes.’
APU (No.1 LFK representer) who hosted the project on the strength of being there during the most intricate part of the process and a real inspiration for MM3rds trail of thought around Motswako affirms, ‘ we just do it like nike do but in a 2 piece addidas, crusty Shell toes and a fresh Kangol, theres nothing to it but us, just us’.
Produced by: MM3rd - Executive Producers: MM3rd, Lerato Mosimane & Muki Garang - Project Artwork: Andyvidual for Mogote Lab - Hosted by: APU Sebekedi - Recorded, Mixed & Mastered by: MM3rd @ Dextrawstudio - Release date: 29th October 2012. Featured Guests on Cruz Control’s 22 tracks include: KT, Bekz, Relevant Source, Thai, Gomez, Andyvidual, Aro, Mo Klaasik, Rhuff, Hara, UK Grym and Dub selector Dj AK, TLS, K9, Nasi repping Sotho Mafia and off course APU runs the show.
In BonsaiDoze we follow a trail of thought through the mind of MM3rd as he invades some of the most expressive compositions of all times from Curtis Lundy to Fela to the classic Nina Simone to Waters to Joy Sims, even the Legendary Mayfield and unearths some real kiff gems. These are some neck snappers on a tip, so wrong but so right and one might get caught in the loop looking for answers to nothing. '
The detail in quality of jewels 3rd picks for his ‘something fishy’ induced spacey syncopating drum hits leaves a weirdly profound mystic in the air that unlike Marley, appears kinda unnatural. When asked what it takes to understand his works 3rd says ‘You don’t have to, You will feel it or not immediately u hear it and that’s not up to me. These are just loops and they might remind you something. I picked em’ randomly from my beat bank and all that mattered then was the intensity of those particular sessions when creating and I love all of em babies’. Well, whatever. Most have featured in his www.souncloud.com/mm3rd account as work in progress in 2012. On the tracklisting 3rd numbers the series with dates which also happens to be how he codes his work. ‘I find it easier to remember where to find certain instrumentals by when they were done and it’s a decade of several daily adventures since so you can imagine.’ The 20 track project only features his long time close associates APU Sebekedi who just recorded an idea and Bekz who laced a quick Zulu 16 a while ago. BonsaiDoze marks a time in time when most rhymes aint worth a dime.
The chops assumes 2 ruthless but differing self proclaimed critics out for a snack - in the woods – chilling enjoying a worthless chat as usual until a passing by circus on transit to wherever stumbles upon them and rudely indulges them to something else. They uncomfortably enjoy the show until the end. The End. Somethings most might not get. By The GP.