A-Reece
Birth nameLehlogonolo Ronald Mataboge
Born (1997-03-27) March 27, 1997 (age 23)
Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
GenresHip hop
Occupation(s)
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2013–present
Associated actsAyanda Jiya, Wordz, , , ,Emtee,Stogie T

Lehlogonolo Ronald Mataboge, (born March 27, 1997) known professionally as A-Reece, is a South African rapper and songwriter, born and raised in Pretoria, Gauteng. A-Reece was signed with Ambitiouz Entertainment in 2015. After disputes with management, he left to become an independent artist. He is regarded as one of the best rappers in Africa also has a strong fanbase in his country.[1] He gained popularity in 2015 following the release of his single, "Couldn't" which featured the rapper Emtee.[2]

A-Reece released his debut studio album, Paradise (2016) which produced the singles, "Couldn't" and "Mgani".[3] In 2017, A-Reece released his second album From Me to You & Only You, He then released musical video of Feelings with features Flvme his former friend. In 2018 He Released a collaborative album with Ecco and Wordz ,The Lead Single was Welcome To My Life another popular song was Better Days (25Th of May) Where He was celebrating Reaching 1million views on His Popular Video Meanwhile In Honeydew ,The Name of the album is Long Lost Letters (L3) In 2019, he released Reece Effect.[4] He also released several EPs notably being Gwan Big Up Urself ,Cutaways Ep And I'm Only 21.

After having financial disputes with Ambitiouz Entertainment, the Wrecking Crew was formed with Mashbeatz. The Wrecking Crew consists of MashBeatz, Ex Global, Wordz, and other former members – Flvme, Ecco, Mellow. The Wrecking Crew changed names to Rubberband Records after the departure of Flvme, Ecco and Mellow.[5][6]

Early life and career

Lehlogonolo Mataboge was born on March 27, 1997 and originates from Pretoria, Gauteng. He started writing music in primary school following the footsteps of his older brother Phologo Jody Mataboge, known as P-Jay from the hip hop duo B3nchMarQ and is close friends with Wordz, Mashbeatz & Hlumelo Moni He got his stage name "A-Reece" from his star sign Aries.[7]

In 2015, he signed to Ambitiouz Entertainment and released his first single "Couldn't" under the label, featuring Emtee. He released Cutaways, an EP, on 29 September 2016 which consists of songs that did not make the cut for his debut album Paradise.[8] His debut album was later released on 21 October 2016 and topped the No.1 spot on iTunes just under 24 hours after its release.[9] He went on to release his second studio album From Me To You And Only You to celebrate the anniversary of his debut album. He release the collaboration album in 2019 with Mashbeatz named "REECE EFFECT". In the same year A-Reece released the songs "Careless" and "Blood in blood out".

Ambitiouz Entertainment controversy

Ambitiouz Entertainment went under much scrutiny after artists Fifi Cooper, B3nchMarQ, A-Reece and Flame left the label in a very public and ugly fight.[10][11] Artists claimed that they decided to part ways with the record label because of financial disagreements. Fifi Cooper went on to say that she had been signed for over two years to the label yet had not received a single cent from her performances, as well as royalties.[12][13] The record label also went on to remove all of A-Reece's music videos from their YouTube channel and his Facebook page was also deleted. A-Reece Release "Loyal" where he address there reason why he left Ambitious entertainment. in the song A-Reece slam his former colleague Emtee for staying in the record label. Emtee responded with a diss track called Crown Calling A-Reece wack and emotional on tracks.[14]

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Discography

Albums

Album Title Album Details
Paradise
  • Released: 21 October 2016
  • Label: Ambitiouz Entertainment
  • Formats: Digital download
From Me to You And Only You
List of extended plays
Ep Title Ep Details
Gwan Big Up Urself 2
And I'm only 21
  • Released: 21 October 2018
  • Label: The Wrecking Crew
  • Formats:

Mixtapes

Mixtape Title Mixtape Details
Forever King[15]
Today's Tragedy, Tomorrow's Memory

Awards and nominations

Year Award Ceremony Prize Work/Recipient Result
2016
2016 South African Hip Hop Awards Lyricist Of The Year[16][17] Himself Won
Best Video[16] Couldn't (featuring Emtee) Nominated

References

  1. ^ "A-reece talks about being 'independent' in love & music". TimesLIVE.
  2. ^ "A-Reece Biography". Cut FM.
  3. ^ "A-Reece RELEASES Paradise!". Zkhipani.
  4. ^ "REVIEW:A-Reece-From Me To You & The World". Zkhipani.
  5. ^ "A Reece Explains Why He Left Ambitiouz Entertainment". People Magazine.
  6. ^ "Chit Chat with A-Reece &.The Wrecking Crew #AwesomeFoursome". Zkhipani.
  7. ^ "5 Things You Probably Didn't Know About A-Reece". Youth Village. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
  8. ^ "A-Reece Releases CUTaways EP". Zkhipani. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
  9. ^ "A-Reece's Album Goes Straight To Number ONE". Zkhipani. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
  10. ^ "Fifi Cooper, B3nchmarq and A Reece Leave Ambitiouz | People Magazine". www.peoplemagazine.co.za. Retrieved 2017-12-29.
  11. ^ "The leaving of Ambitiouz Entertainment artists shouldn't come as a surprise". ZAlebs. Retrieved 2017-12-29.
  12. ^ "Shocker! Top rappers Fifi Cooper, B3nchmarq and A Reece Leave Ambitiouz". The Citizen. Retrieved 18 February 2017.
  13. ^ "Breaking!!! Fifi Cooper, B3nchMarQ And A -Reece Leaves Ambitiouz Ent… Fifi Unveils Own Record Label". Hiphopza. Archived from the original on 18 February 2017. Retrieved 18 February 2017.
  14. ^ "A-Reece Hits Back At Ambitiouz For Removing His Videos From YouTube". Youth Village. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  15. ^ "A-Reece Explains How He Got Into Music". SA Hip Hop Mag. Retrieved 25 January 2018.
  16. ^ a b "SA Hip Hop Awards 2016 Nominations Revealed!". My TV News. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
  17. ^ "FULL LIST: SA Hip Hop Awards winners". channel24. Retrieved 15 December 2016.

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