Review

Stephen Gawking drops an impressive, genre-bridging message to the masses in his new single, “Cheslin Kolbe In An Office Cubicle”

Meet Stephen Gawking (the Nuclear Lyricist) – aka Ijay Swanepoel – who, instead of allowing himself to be discouraged by his own disabilities and challenges, has struck out on his own course. And, if his latest single, “Cheslin Kolbe In An Office Cubicle”, is anything to go by, he’s got a whole lot going for him. 

Swanepoel suffers from Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type 2′ (SMA), similar to the degenerative condition Stephen Hawking lived with throughout his illustrious career. But, instead of allowing this to get the better of him, Swanepoel has focussed his attention on the creative career which drives him. 

“Cheslin Kolbe In An Office Cubicle” is an ode to raising a middle finger at the naysayers and powering along your own path. It is equal parts a personal meditation and a resounding clarion call for the rest of us. A reminder to keep chasing down those dreams in spite of the personal hurdles we all face. 

Featuring HemelBesem, Loufi, Gazelle, and Vicus Visser, “Cheslin Kolbe In An Office Cubicle” takes a tongue-in-cheek look at what might have become of the legendary rugby player if he hadn’t chased those dreams. Against a varied and pivotal synth backdrop, they trade the mic at the drop of a hat, effortlessly moving between hip-hop, R&B and electro pop proclivities. 

Knife-sharp production and this very varied outlook already puts the track a head and shoulders above the rest, and through it all Stephen Gawking delivers a rousing message of inspiration which is hard to ignore.

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