I have to admit I haven’t given the homies FridayNights & FreshMapensele a deeper listen but that’s a thing of the past now, this “Dead Broke” song is heavy. Their collaborative joint combines personal narratives of overcoming struggles with clever wordplay and with uniquely Botswana cultural references.
Friday Nights, (alias Ace J), starts off by reflecting on his past, emphasizing that he no longer wants to return to his prior state of being broke. He mentions that no one knew where he came from and references ridicule from a time when everyone thought he had no distinctive style. He dismisses fake smiles and prefers silence, indicating his focus and determination. As he reaches a better financial situation, he compares himself to the late South African rapper Prokid, suggesting that he is reaching a desired professional level in his career. He contrasts this with others who are still insignificant and merely make empty noise. He highlights his patience and hard work in the past, acknowledging his elevation to a different status now, don’t let these words sway you from how dope and street this song is.
Fresh Mapensele joins in with his verse, leveraging his heavy Motswako spit. He mentions coming back with force and cracking the whip on everybody, indicating his assertiveness and confidence. Mapensele mentions heavy hood drip and fashion, merely suggesting that he is the embodiment of the archetypal stylish, and influential persona. The line “Bring the mini bus and we’re all in” implies unity and camaraderie with his crew, emphasizing their collective success.
He continues to assert himself as the man in the Motswako leadership position, projecting strength and authority. Passing by Broadhurst, the homie checks on his friends, showcasing loyalty and groundedness. The use of fresh street slang and the ambition to rise to the top indicate the home boy’s determination to impress everyone around him.
Mapensele & Fresh Mapensele demonstrate growth and confidence while incorporating vernacular prowess to connect with their audience and convey a sense of authenticity all the while speaking with their chests out because now they’re no longer “Dead broke”, or not accepting it.