"We've been part of the people who think like sheep, act like sheep, smell like sheep, walk like sheep and we have become just like them."
This above statement forms as the ending to Stogie T's latest offering, The Empire of Sheep. Although it may be right at the end, it paints a clear picture into what the project is about. Never failing to educate and tell a story, the 8-track offering has five features coming from DJ P Kuttah, Ayanda Jiya, Lucille Slade, Ason, as well as Brittney Melvin who each fit in perfectly to the creation of Stogie T's body of work. Having described it as "an apogee of countless hours of conversation between Stogie T, his mother, an ex guerrilla fighter with Mkhonto WeSizwe, and many men and women that participated in the armed struggle against the fascist apartheid regime of South Africa. In this impromptu brief body of work, Stogie skillfully carries the heroic, treacherous, ugly, beautiful and love stories of Black men and women who took up arms against a nuclear State in pursuit of freedom and won an improbable victory. Ultimately, he adeptly tells of their disappointments at what freedom has meant for the majority of African people in this land. Through his voice the ghosts of our ancestors bemoan 'They Empire of Sheep’, sometimes known as the dominance of mediocrity and the weak!"
Seeing the world as "upside down," Stogie T mirrors back to pre-apartheid and travels back to the current and the future and speaks of its ruin. Strictly for the culture and the "severed tongues of our heroes," the EP serves as a place holder for an album which is set to drop in 2020. Before we get to that though; we need to decide which empire we're building. Listen to the brand new EP by the Master, Stogie T below;