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Lehlogonolo Ronald Mataboge (born March 25, 1997) known professionally by his stage name called A-Reece, is a South African rapper, songwriter and record producer. Born and raised in Pretoria, Gauteng, A-Reece signed with Ambitiouz Entertainment in 2015, then left to establish his co-owned label, RubberBand Gang (formerly The Wrecking Crew).[2] He rose to fame when he released his hit single, Couldn't (2015) featuring Emtee.[3]

A-Reece
Birth nameLehlogonolo Ronald Mataboge
Also known asThe Boy Doing Things, Baby Boi
Born (1997-03-27) 27 March 1997 (age 22)
Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa [1]
GenresHip hop
Occupation(s)
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2013–present
Labels
  • RubberBand Gang (currently)
Associated acts
Websitebabyboy1606.com

A-Reece released his debut studio album, Paradise (2016) which respectively produced the successful singles including Couldn't and Mgani.[4] In 2017, A-Reece then released his second album From Me to You & Only You. As for 2019, he dropped his third album Reece Effect of which all 11 songs on the album were charted on iTunes top 20 , with hit records such as Safe Heaven , Masquerade Party and Honest .[5] He also released several EPs notably being Gwan Big Up Urself and And I'm Only 21.

After controversy of financial disagreements with Ambitiouz Entertainment, A-Reece started his label THE WRECKING CREW (now ''RubberBand Gang'') alongside the members B3nchmarq, Flame, Ex Global and Ecco.[6][7]

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Early life and careerEdit

Lehlogonolo Mataboge originates from Pretoria in the Gauteng Province. 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. He got his stage name "A-Reece" from his star sign Aries.[8] In 2014 A-Reece released "Cassper's Picture" a song that is inspired by the life of South African rapper and producer Cassper Nyovest. PH Raw, a South African record producer recognized his talent and signed him to "Raw X Productions" imprint at the age of 16.[9]

He released his debut mixtape titled "Forever King" on August 2013 and later on released his second project Browniez EP on October 31, 2014 under Mythron/Raw X Records.

In 2015 he was signed to Ambitiouz Entertainment and released his first single "Couldn't" under the label featuring Emtee. He released Cutaways EP on 29 September 2016 which consists of songs that didn't make the cut for his debut album Paradise.[10][11] 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. [12] to celebrate the anniversary of his debut album he went to release his second studio album "From Me To You And Only You ". A year later on 21 October 2018 he released an EP titled 'And I'm Only 21' Which is topping charts and it was number 1 on iTunes on the day of release. In 2018 A-Reece was one in the Top 3 most streamed South African Hip Hop artists.

Ambitiouz Entertainment controversyEdit

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.[13][14] Artist claimed that they decided to part ways with the record label because of financial disagreement, 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 gigs as well as royalties.[15][16] The record label also went on to remove all of A-Reece's music videos from their YouTube channel. His Facebook Page Was Also Deleted due to that.[17]

DiscographyEdit

AlbumsEdit

Album Title Album Details
Paradise
From Me to You And Only You
  • Released: 21 October 2017[19]
  • Label: The Wrecking Crew
  • Formats: Digital download

SoundtracksEdit

Title Details
Reece Effect (with MashBeatz)[20]

MixtapesEdit

Mixtape Title Mixtape Details
Forever King[21]

Extended PlaysEdit

EP Title EP Details
Browniez EP[10]
  • Released: 31 October 2014
  • Label: Mythron | Raw X Records
  • Formats: Digital download
Cutaways EP[22]
  • Released: 29 September 2016
  • Label: Ambitiouz Entertainment
  • Formats: Digital download
Gwan Big Up Urself 2 (You Have Taken Me Seriously)[23]
  • Released: 27 March 2018
  • Label: The Wrecking Crew
  • Formats: Digital download
L3 (Long Lost Letters) (with Wordz & Ecco)[24]
  • Released: 15 Jun 2018
  • Label: The Wrecking Crew
  • Formats: Digital download
And I'm Only 21[25]
  • Released: 21 October 2018
  • Label: The Wrecking Crew
  • Formats: Digital download

SinglesEdit

As lead artistEdit

List of singles with chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Year Title Peak chart positions
(EMA)
Certification Album
2015 "Couldn't"
(featuring Emtee)
3 Paradise
2016 "Mgani"[26] 7
"Zimbali" 31
"Sebenza"
(featuring Amanda Black)
2017 "Feelings (featuring Flame)"[27] From Me to You And Only You
"Couldn't Have Said It Better, Pt. 1"[28] Non-album singles
"Touché"
"Meanwhile in Honeydew"[29]
"Don't Bother"[30]
"Sloppy"[31]
2018 "Sweet Revenge"
(with Zoocci Coke Dope and Flame)
"Better Luck Next Time"
(featuring Ecco and Wordz)[32][33][34]
"Gone Are the Days"[35][36][37]
"Amber Rose"[38][39][40]
"Fuck You"[41]

"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Ceremony Prize Work/Recipient Result
2016
2016 South African Hip Hop Awards Lyricist Of The Year[42][43] Himself Won
Best Video[44] Couldn't (featuring Emtee) Nominated

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "A-Reece Biography". amdb.co. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  2. ^ "A-reece talks about being 'independent' in love & music". TimesLIVE.
  3. ^ "A-Reece Biography". Cut FM.
  4. ^ "A-Reece RELEASES Paradise!". Zkhipani.
  5. ^ "REVIEW:A-Reece-From Me To You & The World". Zkhipani.
  6. ^ "A Reece Explains Why He Left Ambitiouz Entertainment". People Magazine.
  7. ^ "Chit Chat with A-Reece & The Wrecking Crew #AwesomeFoursome". Zkhipani.
  8. ^ "5 Things You Probably Didn't Know About A-Reece". Youth Village. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
  9. ^ "A-REECE – COME UP". africanhhb. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
  10. ^ a b "Browniez EP by A-Reece on iTunes". iTunes. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
  11. ^ "A-Reece Releases CUTaways EP". Zkhipani. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
  12. ^ "A-Reece's Album Goes Straight To Number ONE". Zkhipani. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
  13. ^ "Fifi Cooper, B3nchmarq and A Reece Leave Ambitiouz | People Magazine". www.peoplemagazine.co.za. Retrieved 2017-12-29.
  14. ^ "The leaving of Ambitiouz Entertainment artists shouldn't come as a surprise". ZAlebs. Retrieved 2017-12-29.
  15. ^ "Shocker! Top rappers Fifi Cooper, B3nchmarq and A Reece Leave Ambitiouz". The Citizen. Retrieved 18 February 2017.
  16. ^ "Breaking!!! Fifi Cooper, B3nchMarQ And A -Reece Leaves Ambitiouz Ent… Fifi Unveils Own Record Label". ZATrends. Retrieved 18 February 2017.
  17. ^ "A-Reece Hits Back At Ambitiouz For Removing His Videos From YouTube". Youth Village. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  18. ^ "Paradise by A-Reece featuring Queen Lion on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
  19. ^ "From Me to You & Only You by A-Reece on Apple Music". itunes.apple.com. Retrieved 2017-10-23.
  20. ^ "A-Reece - Reece Effect", iTunes
  21. ^ "A-Reece Explains How He Got Into Music". SA Hip Hop Mag. Retrieved 25 January 2018.
  22. ^ "Cutaways - EP by A-Reece on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
  23. ^ "Gwan Big Up Urself 2 (You Should Have Taken Me Seriously) by A-Reece". iTunes. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  24. ^ "L3 (Long Lost Letters) by A-Reece, Wordz & Ecco on Apple Music - iTunes". iTunes. Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  25. ^ "And I'm Only 21 EP by A-Reece", iTunes, retrieved 21 October 2018
  26. ^ "music: A-Reece – Mgani". ZA Trends. Retrieved 20 November 2016.
  27. ^ "A-Reece - Feelings", iTunes
  28. ^ "A-Reece - Could't Have Said It Better, Pt.1", iTunes
  29. ^ "A-Reece - Meanwhile in Honeydew", iTunes
  30. ^ "A-Reece - Don't Bother", iTunes
  31. ^ "A-Reece - Sloppy", iTunes
  32. ^ "A-Reece - Better Luck Next Time", Spotify
  33. ^ "A-Reece - Better Luck Next Time", SoundCloud
  34. ^ "A-Reece - Better Luck Next Time", iTunes
  35. ^ "A-Reece - Gone are the days", Spotify
  36. ^ "A-Reece - Gone are the days", SoundCloud
  37. ^ "A-Reece - Gone are the days", iTunes
  38. ^ "A-Reece - Amber Rose", iTunes
  39. ^ "A-Reece - Amber Rose", SoundCloud
  40. ^ "A-Reece - Amber Rose", Spotify
  41. ^ "A-Reece - Fuck You", SoundCloud
  42. ^ name="SAHHA16">"SA Hip Hop Awards 2016 Nominations Revealed!". My TV News. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
  43. ^ "FULL LIST: SA Hip Hop Awards winners". channel24. Retrieved 15 December 2016.
  44. ^ "SA Hip Hop Awards 2016 Nominations Revealed!". My TV News. Retrieved 17 November 2016.

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