A song called “Switch Sides” was just produced by two great South African musicians, YoungstaCPT and Shaney Jay. The song makes a strong statement about the difficulties young people in Cape Town—where gang violence and poverty are daily realities—face while growing up.

A eerie piano melody and a clip from a news broadcast on the murder of a little girl in Cape Town are heard at the song’s opening. Then YoungstaCPT enters with a potent verse, rapping about the difficulties that young people in the city confront. He discusses the allure of gang life, the risks of drug abuse, and the difficulties of growing up in a setting where violence is pervasive.

Listen and share your thought below: