Bread and Butter

by Rattex

  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    Comes in a high quality jewel case with full colour booklet featuring artwork by spo0ky.

    Also includes immediate download of 20-track album in your choice of 320k mp3, FLAC, or just about any other format you could possibly desire.
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      €5 EUR or more 


  • Streaming + Download

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

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  • Mail Order CD (no credit card required)



What the critics say...

"There’s a level of depth and sophistication in the lyrical content that sets Rattex apart from most other MCs. That and his intensity on the mic - an instantly detectable characteristic of his sound."
-Dylan Culhane, One Small Seed

"I really enjoyed the lyrical assassination"

"The Bread And Butter album features tough-arse street level hip-hop beats with world class production by D-Planet of Pioneer Unit."
- Ninja (Die Antwoord), Speakerbox

"This rapper couldn’t care less about what us Joburgers think is commercial, he raps with such confidence, a confidence he gets from the masses in Khayelitsha and right across Cape Town."

"This is what we like to hear: indigenous lyrics with an indigenous accent. A-Grade export-quality material. So refreshing, so real, something you can hold close to your heart."
- Ninja (Die Antwoord), Speakerbox

"This record could very well get colossal on our asses."
- Dylan Culhane, One Small Seed

With indigenous lyrics with an indigenous accent, this is the future of SA hip hop."
- Ninja (Die Antwoord), Speakerbox

"This album is really worth a listen but be sure to have a translator if you can’t speak the language- it’s heavy!"

"Ninja says, "Dankie Rattex, you ruling the streets my bru, taking out all these local star-spangled rats plaguing our zone. 5 Golden ninja stars for Bread And Butter. Daarsit, lekker.""
- Ninja (Die Antwoord), Speakerbox

What we say...

Rattex fulfills the promise so much South African hip hop has failed to deliver by serving up one of the tightest, most complete and relevant albums of its genre ever released on the continent. Rattex, or 'Rah' to his friends and fans, brings his own unique variety of deadly lyrical poison to the South African hip hop game with his debut solo album, 'Bread and Butter'.

Hailing from Khayelitsha on the Cape Flats, Rattex is a true son of the ghetto. He speaks from the heart with a universal appeal that can be felt and understood no matter which language you call your mother tongue. Bread and Butter documents the joy, the pain, the trials and tribulations of kasi life, taking the listener on a journey through the mind of a truly dedicated artist.

Like many classic hip hop albums before it, Bread and Butter effortlessly balances social commentary with pure entertainment. Alongside banging feel-good club tracks, Rattex also deals with more serious themes including the Government's failure to deliver on its promises, xenophobia, life on the streets, being proud of where you're from and the power music has to get you through life. Rattex also lays his soul bare with deeply personal tracks about the importance of his family and friends.

Musically, Bread and Butter is an eclectic mix of the freshest beats by some of the most in-demand producers in SA hip hop right now. Ranging from classic sample-based 'boom bap' hip hop, to a variety of cutting edge electronic club sounds, Rattex's trademark flow ties everything together to create a powerfully coherent musical statement.

Rattex has kept guest features to a minimum, working with SA hip hop legend and label mate, Ben Sharpa, Lungelo (who recently signed to TS Records), Kritsi Ye'Spaza and Driemanskap. On production is Hipe, Nyambz, Dplanet and Planet Earth. Between them, they have helped shape the hip hop landscape in South Africa and beyond, having produced classic material for Pro Kid, Zubz, Teargas, Ben Sharpa, Imbube, Black Lez, Proverb, Wordsworth (USA), Tumi, Driemanskap, Nemza (Skwatta Kamp), Ready D, KONFAB, Jaak, Young Nations, Trusenz and many more.

There is no doubt that Bread and Butter is one of the most important releases of 2008. The album is a blueprint for the future of South African hip hop, keeping Pioneer Unit's promise to deliver 'real African hip hop that is at home anywhere in the world'.

For Rattex, failure is not an option - music is his bread and butter and he's hungry for success.


released July 27, 2008




Pioneer Unit Records Cape Town

We develop artists who understand the cultural significance of representing the reality of life in South Africa. Whilst deeply rooted in Hip Hop culture, we push aesthetic boundaries. Our sound is influenced by a wide variety of music, everything from Roots, Dub and Dancehall, to Electro, Detroit Techno, Dubstep, Grime and naturally, the sounds of Africa. ... more

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