"X Girlfriend" by Zola
If you don't know what he's saying, no worries, because neither do I. Zola is a South African Kwaito artist, and I guess he's speaking some combination of Zulu and tsotsi slang? I really don't know. I just like it.
I first heard about Zola from the movie Tsotsi. If you haven't seen it, you should, it's pretty good. You know, Academy Award-winning. Whatever. Anyway, Zola plays a role in Tsotsi (the gang leader, for those who have seen it). He also performs a great deal of the music in the film. Throughout the whole movie I just kept thinking "I hope there's a soundtrack I can get my hands on." And there was. Once I had the soundtrack and knew who I was listening to, I wanted to have more.
Turns out it's kind of hard to get a hold of South African music, because I couldn't find it anywhere. I ended up getting a couple albums from this kind of shady looking website, but it turns out they were legit, and went out of their way to make sure I ended up with the product. It came all the way from South Africa, and I kept the envelope because it had some cool stamps on it, but that was back when I lived in my own place, and now that I'm back home it's buried in a box somewhere so I can't put up a picture.
Anyway, Zola is an interesting person. On one hand, he's a Kwaito superstar and humanitarian, but on the other hand, there's all these allegations swirling around that he abused some of his former girlfriends. Since it's all so far away, I don't really have my own frame of reference. All I can do is Google him and let the Internet barf up what it can. I hope he's an ok guy, because he has some of my money.
And that's it, really. X was a hard letter to pick a song for.