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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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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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Bonang Wows At ‘Put No Girl Behind’ United Nations Discussions

The South African media Queen proved she’s just getting started as she co-piloted diplomatic discussions with leading global leaders at a recent UN function aimed at educating girls.

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Bonang Matheba recently represented South Africa as an esteemed moderator of a United Nations panel discussion between Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, French President Emmanuel Macron and UK Minister Theresa May.

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Matheba, who looked demure and professional as she spotted a sleek ponytail, opened the discussions by highlighting her very own philanthropical work here in South Africa, where she’s championed her Bonang Matheba education fund to assist young women with furthering their studies.

She then proceeded to execute her moderating duties, which have left fans wowed by her ability to stretch and refashion her famous effervescent presenting style to the diplomatic and official tone of the event and its world leaders.

RELATED: BONANG UNLEASHES KILLER STYLE AT NEW YORK FASHION WEEK

The event focused on breaking barriers and leaving no girls behind – a countdown to 203o that aims to redress failures to meet the Millennium Development Goal of achieving universal primary education by 2015.

The goal is to accelerate action on girls’ education while ensuring that girls who are currently in school are able to master the basics and progress through secondary education, it says here.

READ: BONANG IS THE FIRST FEMALE SOUTH AFRICAN CELEB TO COVER GQ!

Matheba, who was recently named the Best Media Personality at the IARA Awards in London, is also prepping her hosting duties at the looming Global Citizen festival, where she will be sharing the stage with Trevor Noah and Dave Chapelle

WATCH Bonang do her thing below! 

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Boity Apologising for Her Throwback Homophobic Remarks Is A Good Start

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The surfacing of archived tweets containing homophobic sentiments by a slew of South African celebrities has opened dialogues about the toxic heterosexist landscape of the local entertainment business. 

Just days after her first ever Hip Hop joint set the streets ablaze and earned the media-personality-turned-rapper her first number one on iTunes, Boity has had to apologise for homophobic remarks she tweeted almost a decade ago. She also acknowledged that while her views have changed along with her growth, she used to be quite the outspoken homophobe back then.

The apology comes after a series of old homophobic tweets resurfaced. She was only 19 years old when she vented her hateful spleen towards the queer community, but she has grown a lot over the years. Her views on sexuality were “warped” back then, but she knows better now.

Tweeted Boity amid backlash; “A decade ago, I was naive, homophobic, young and didn’t know better”, she explained. ” I was 19 and my views on sexuality were warped. We grow, our views change and we do better. It’s gut-wrenching and embarrassing to see them now however I am not the same person I was 10 years ago.”

She proceeded to apologise to everyone she has hurt in the old tweets.


The tweets in question were published over different occasions. In one, she is upset by what she perceives to be a surge in the representation of black gay male romance in local TV soapies.

In another scathing tweet, she leaves no shred of doubt about how she feels about the queer community.  
Boity’s apology was met with further debates about the unaddressed homophobia that goes on unchecked in the South African entertainment business.

Despite increasing visibility, what with the likes of Somizi and, amongst other Nakhane Toure proudly shining the spotlight on the existence of gay people in the creative industry, there’s no doubt the business remains rigidly heterosexist.

Tweets allegedly published on Nadia Nakai and Rouge’s Twitter years ago have also attracted some interest, but the two rappers are yet to take actual ownership. That remains to be seen.

While polarising, Boity’s apology has been embraced by many as a good start at acknowledging the pain she has caused many people. She herself was young at the time, and how many of us wish we could have expressed ourselves differently ten years ago.

 

 

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