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Beyond Bars: Reason Talks ‘The Second Coming’, Reason Season & Mzansi Hip Hop

We had an insightful and exclusive chat with local rapper Reason about his work, thoughts and life. Read on

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At no point are the intersections of intellectualism and Hip Hop easier to discern than through hooks armed with double entendres that lyrical genius Reason brandishes so well. Quite simply, revelling in his creativity is an everyday practice. But beyond the stage? As all good things must, we had the privilege of catching up with him recently to converse about everything Reason. Here, he scratches the surface on xenophobia, his mandates with ‘the second coming’, Reason Season and Hip Hop.

QuenchSA: Please shed some light on the genesis of your interest in pursuing a music career. When and how did you start doing this?

Reason: Coming up I was hanging out with Zubz, ProVerb and all those guys. And I actually went to see them doing their thing. Aside from that I’ve always wanted to do it for fun because you’re always like ‘I wanna be a rapper, I wanna be an artist and it looks like I can do this thing ’. (But) you never really realise it can be a career. So only after seeing people who were actually in the business, people who were actually doing it and living it did I really wanna get involved…

QuenchSA: Did you doubt yourself at that point or have you always just known, ‘I can do this!’?

Reason: I had a lot of doubt because to a certain degree, the industry was going a certain direction in terms of what type of music it wanted to vibe with. It was commercial Hip Hop and I wasn’t really into that, so I did doubt myself. I wasn’t sure if the world was going to accept me for what I do.

QuenchSA: You mentioned Mzansi Hip Hop pioneers like Zubz and Proverb. The reception of Hip Hop in SA has changed a lot since then. The genre has gone from being an alternative voice to being mainstream and a commercially viable option. Since you began doing this, can you describe how things have changed?

(Thinks)…I don’t know if it has changed as much as people had hoped. The way we make music has evolved, the way we make beats has evolved, the way we release songs has evolved, the way we shoot videos has evolved, even the way we release videos. Everything has evolved, everything is just much faster and much more comprehensive. There’s a lot more business structure, there’s a lot of business involvement, there’s a lot more money in the industry. So I think it has evolved. I don’t know if it has changed so much, but I think it has kinda morphed into something else that is bigger and better.

QuenchSA: Tell us about ‘Reason Season’.

Reason: Reason season is a timeless time! (laughs). It’s going to be taking place soon. As an artist I’m growing and I’m becoming a better version of myself. It’s based on huge wave of music that is coming out that has my name on it … a huge wave of work that is coming out  that has my name on it. To a certain degree it’s like the second coming.

QuenchSA: A recent trend in SA hip hop has seen local rappers battling it out to reach gold status. Are you also pursuing this standard and what are your thoughts on this gold rush?

Reason: Erm…You are about to find out soon! I can’t really answer that question because it’s something you are gonna find out soon.

QuenchSA: Perhaps your music gave it away however you one can never draw such conclusions, who has had more influence on your music, Tupac or Biggie?

Reason: (Laughs). Funny enough I actually looked up more to Biggie. I relate to him a lil’ bit more. He’s the one guy who was more appealing to me just in terms of the style, his flavour, what he talks about and how he approached his music. And the other guy… just in terms of how he approached life. On the music side Biggie was my guy and at an artistic level Pac was my guy.

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Reason to live: the rapper joined Ma-E and L-Tido to showcase his life as a working father on reality show Rap Dads

QuenchSA: Do you look up to anyone locally?

Hugh Masikela. I like to learn from the guy in terms of who he was and the guy he was trying to be at that time. He was in a position where he wasn’t even allowed to make or release music in his own country at that time and the desire to actually grow from that to an international career, international collabos, and establishing himself back in his own time…I think that was a very interesting life that I want to aspire to.

QuenchSA: There’s a strong perception that you straddle the lines between conscious music and commercial appeal. Do you think there’s any truth to this?

I guess I’m whatever people see me and get. As long as you get the music and buy the music, come to the shows and you download the music, I’m very open to being considered whatever there is.

Personally for me there should be space to just be able to be an artist at all times, it doesn’t really matter whether they call you a club artist or a conscious artist or whatever, you should just be able to do everything.

I guess sometimes people have boxes that need to actually explain what they are looking at. Maybe some people want to put up a box and say that ‘we looking at a conscious rapper that can do some commercial stuff’ or ‘a commercial rapper that can do some conscious stuff.’ For me I think it’s all about creation, it’s more about making music and being able to do everything.

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Reason remains mum on the Gold issue

QuenchSA: How did the No More Xenophobia collab come about? More specifically, was your participation in the song telling of how much the issue meant to you at a personal level?

7. Psyfo was actually the one who called me up one night, suggesting that we should actually do something about it and he had a very interesting perspective about it which was to actually take the point of view of the victims and that was quite interesting thing because in the back of my head I didn’t know what we were going to do or what the song was going to achieve just based on the fact that everybody was making one. He had a very interesting angle that I thought was really necessary and that was the perspective of the person who is actually feeling the pain, and that was actually quite cool, creatively it was quite cool. It was a nice way to approach the situation

QuenchSA: Do you think you have done enough this year to be positioned higher in the best MCs in land?

(Laughs). We are about to find out!

QuenchSA: What’s next?

Reason: Reason Season…

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Khanya Mkangisa and Nick Soul To Dish Showbiz Tips At Looming PUMA Shindig

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For their final Select X Stories of the year, PUMA will host a Q&A couch session with Nicholas Nkuna AKA “Nick Soul” and Khanya Mkangisa from 11 am on Saturday 17th November at the SELECT Courtyard in Braamfontein.

This event is titled “The Actors”, and the conversation topic will cover the showbiz and acting industry.

Hailing from Nelspruit, Mpumalanga, Nick Soul was catapulted onto the world stage when he was cast as ‘Simba’ in The Lion King in 2012 and he’s also known for his role in SABC1’s TV series Skeem Saam. Actress and television presenter Khanya Mkangisa made her debut at the age of 14 as a youth show presenter on YOTV and has been on the rise ever since.

The Select X Stories is a series of knowledge-sharing events celebrating street culture, art, media and music, as hosted by local creative legend Mpumelelo ‘Frypan’ Mfula. Engage with industry leaders, game-changing artists and disruptive trailblazers in an intimate Q&A couch session – past speakers include Thithi Nteta, Nomzamo Mbatha, Fumani Mthembi, Amaru da Costa and Theresho Selesho.

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Bonang Honoured At 5 For Change Black Tie Gala

Bonang Matheba triumphantly collected her 5 For Changemaker award in Joburg this past weekend.

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Bonang Matheba accepts 5 For Change award
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This past Saturday, the 7th Annual 5 For Change Black Tie Gala debuted in Jozi with a sold-out house under the city light. It was an unforgettable night with a performance by smash-hit songstress Lady Zamar keeping the crowd on their feet with hits like ‘My Baby’, ‘Love is Blind’, ‘Collide’ and many more and keeping the night flowing was none other than South Africa’s multi-talented MC and personality Maps Maponyane!

5forChange Jhb Event photographed by Wynand van der Merwe and Jacques McKenzie for Wynand van der Merwe Photography. Bonang Matheba received the first #5forchangemaker award at the Maps Maponyane piloted shindig. Photo Credit: Photo Credit: @wynandvandermerwephotography on Instagram.

The event raised funds and awareness for 5 social enterprise beneficiares: Dlala Nje, Olico Maths Education, Hustlenomics, CRSP Dsgn and enke: Make Your Mark. The guests got the opportunity to mingle with the young leaders’ of these organizations and learn how they’re making South Africa a better place and how to get involved.

And adding to the excitement was the live luxury item auction where attendees got to bid on a range of high-end items and experiences – including the biggest item of the evening – a chartered private flight to and from the exclusive Leopard Creek Country club and a day of golf on the world renowned course.

An important element this year was giving recognition to those in South Africa who give back to the community and the event founders we’re proud to present South Africa’s multi –award winning TV presenter, philanthropist, reality star and style icon, Bonang Matheba, with the first-ever ‘5 For Changemaker Award’!

She was celebrated on the night for her work as the Founder of The Bonang Matheba Bursary Fund and for using her platform to advance social justice issues in South Africa and around the world.

“Launching the 5 For Change Black Tie Gala in Joburg was a long time dream for us and the evening absolutely surpassed our wildest dreams. We are so grateful to Joburg for embracing us like this!”, said 5 For Change Managing Director, Robyn Deutsch

The 2018 5 For Change Black Tie Gala promised to be an unforgettable night and it truly was. Keep an eye on the #5FC2018 platforms for official event photos and video coming soon.

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Pregnant Lootlove Debuts Adorable Twin Baby Bump Pics!

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Fridays are usually reserved for the premiering of brand new music in South Africa. But while we were treated to our usual supply of fresh boops this afternoon, Lootlove’s baby bump snaps have easily melted way more hearts!

 

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It’s a phenomenal time to be me. God and my ancestors came together for me and blessed me with something so wonderful! I’m pregnant!😆🤰🏾💁🏽‍♀️ I won’t lie! I’m shoooook! Haha! 😆 I always thought I was cool 🤣😋… and now to find out that I’m having twins makes me even cooler! I am carrying Hip and Hop 😋🤣 This is the most beautiful time of my life. Most precious. The scariest and the most exciting. I’m completely vulnerable and sensitive. I’m excited! I’m nervous but all that goes away when I feel weird little “gas bubbles” which I now know are little kicks because I’m carrying life. A reminder of the miracle and wonder that is God. ❤️ As “personalities”/“celebrities”, we are selfishly required to share every moment in our lives and when we don’t, we have people around us that we think we can trust, who gladly do it for us wether it hurts/compromises us and those we love or not. We constantly have vultures flying above us ready to share our private lives in the most non-emotional manner ever. You may forget but all I am is Human. Flesh and blood and nothing will ever change that and yes, my life is your entertainment, I get that, but try walk a mile in my shoes. The most important thing for me has been protecting my family, my persons family, his beautiful children and respecting tradition. My silence has had everything to do with making sure that everyone who matters has their moment with this, that they feel everything, from shock to happiness to curiosity to excitement, ALL OF IT, Alone, Without the rest of the country pitching in, hounding them/adding commentary/calling or harassing them etc. Its a beautiful time, it’s a sacred time, it’s OUR time. I am BEAMING! Here’s to LOVE. Here’s to forever with the greatest gifts of them all. P.S If you see me in the streets, please don’t touch my tummy… I will punch you in the throat! 😃😘 K thanks byeeeee ❤️🌻😍😃😇🤰🏾💁🏽‍♀️ 📸: @aust_malema 💃🏾: @siya_weloveher 💋: @preciousxabamakeup #LootLoveSquared👑

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Also, she’s pregnant with twins, which “makes me cooler”, so there’s that.

The Media personality surprised fans when she shared the pictures of her sporting a baby bump on her Instagram page. The discernibly joyous mom to be has two cute faces drawn on her tummy for the twins, which she’s playfully referring to as Hip and Hop respectively.

Lootlove has been seeing Hip Hop artist Reason for a minute now, and the two have kept their romance below the radar and out of the press. That hasn’t stopped fans and celebrities from congratulating the couple on their looming bundles of joy!

Congrats Lootlove and Reason!

 

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