AKA’s “Mass Country” Album Receives Rave Reviews, But Not Everyone is Convinced
AKA’s album Mass Country has received widespread acclaim and positive reviews from fans since its release.
One of AKA’s friends, Pearl Thusi, recently listened to the album and praised AKA’s work, although she also noticed what she perceived as a possible subliminal message aimed at her.
In the song “Company” featuring Kiddominant, AKA references sports caster Robert Marawa’s famous catchphrase “Gqim Shelele.” Robert Marawa had a relationship with Pearl Thusi, and when AKA says “Diamonds ain’t gqimm’ shelele,” Pearl interpreted it as a direct jab at her.
After listening to the entire album, Pearl Thusi expressed her admiration for AKA’s work and regretted not having the opportunity to see him perform the songs live. She wrote on Instagram, “Well done Kiernan.
I’m sure you couldn’t wait to perform this one. I’m kinda mad we never got to see that properly with whatever your bigger vision was… I miss you, bro. I even miss arguing with you. Sorry I took long to really listen properly. It was still too painful. You should be proud of this one… wherever you are.”
Pearl’s message also put to rest rumors that she and AKA are no longer friends. DJ Zinhle, who is also a friend of Pearl, expressed her sympathy in the comments section of Pearl’s post. DJ Zinhle previously addressed the rumors of a rift between her and Pearl, saying that they have an “everlasting sisterhood” and that their relationship has its ups and downs, like any other.
Despite the positive reception from most listeners, Slik Talk gave the album a scathing review, rating it a 2/10. He criticized the album’s mixing and production and called it “one of the worst albums” he’s ever heard. He also dismissed the song “Company” as “not a hit” and criticized the inclusion of Nadia Nakai’s verse.
Regardless of the mixed reviews, Mass Country remains a significant achievement for AKA, demonstrating his growth as an artist and solidifying his status as one of South Africa’s leading musicians.