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‘They Were Never Ready For Me’: Rouge Exclusive Interview

One of the baddest rappers in the country, Rouge chopped it up with us about her music and gives advice on how to make it in the industry.

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Rap artist Deko Barbara-Jessica Wedi, better known as Rouge is one of the more successful rappers that just so happen to be female in the country making moves. Browse through her catalog and you’ll quickly find that she can hold her own on the mic against any rapper. Tapped on the Baddest Remix alongside the most prominent femcees in Mzansi, Rouge has since measured her skill on tracks featuring Skhanda Queen and Reason of late. We spoke to the 24 year old about her career in music, her impression on the hip hop industry in the country and the impact female rappers are having on the hip hop scene. Cav the response!

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QuenchSA: What is the background behind your stage name Rouge?


Rouge: I wanted something that stood for something. The colour Red means love, passion, fury, it is bold and its bright. That’s why I chose it because I felt the one colour had a lot to it, like me.


QuenchSA: You graduated in Drama & Film. Do you plan on acting at a later stage in your career?


Rouge: Of course!!! They were never ready for me.


QuenchSA: You have been embraced by many artists in the hip hop industry. What can you ascribe that to?


Rouge: I don’t know exactly I guess my determination and they recognize the hustle.


QuenchSA: What irks you about being referred to as a female rapper?


Rouge: Everything! It’s old news now…people need to get creative.


QuenchSA: Your hair is an unavoidable feature of the Rouge brand. Was this a premeditated strategy?


Rouge: (Laughs) Actually I had this since high school and it just stuck.


QuenchSA: In your opinion, what needs to be done by female rappers not to limit their collective impact on hip hop to a single year?


Rouge: They need to start doing more singles that don’t rely on dudes to put them on.


QuenchSA: The track between yourself and Nomuzi put the alleged beef between female emcees to rest. How did the track Mbongo Zaka come about?


Rouge: Well I wanted to feature a girl on my track since we all seemed apprehensive to work with each other and why not the Skhanda Queen. We both had a story to tell.


QuenchSA: Do you have a date for when you will release a full body of work?


Rouge: Not a full date but you can most definitely expect work this year.


QuenchSA: Commercial success has never been this attainable in the hip hop genre. Have you directly or indirectly seen the benefits of the 90% local music policy?


Rouge: Yeah! I have and Mbongo Zaka is still charting 5 months later.


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QuenchSA: It has been evident that the number of followers on social media don’t translate to physical CDs bought, votes or ticket sales. For you personally how do you measure the best response to your output?


Rouge: I guess at this moment it would be downloads and how many people are actually receptive to my sound during performances.


QuenchSA: What can your fans expect from you in the immediate future?


Rouge: Just more music and great features.

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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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Bonang Covers GQ’s “Power Issue”!

Bonang has become the first female South African celeb to get a standalone GQ cover, ever! Details on the “Power” Issue

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Our Queen Bonang has become the first female South African celebrity to feature as a stand alone on the cover of GQ Magazine

The men’s lifestyle publication on Thursday unveiled Bonang as the cover girl for their September “Power Issue”. In it, the media Queen tackles the role of power in “the year of the woman”, touches on her hopes for the future and also chats, ironically, about stuff you will never hear her talk about.

And although the issue hits the stands this Monday on the 27th, we wonder if that list includes her highly publicized relationship with her former boyfriend AKA, with whom she split earlier this year.

She threw some subtle hints on how that relationship has shifted her approach to romance on her reality show Being Bonang; revealing at the time that she has not intentions of dating anyone, anytime soon.

She’s also pleading the fifth on her fallout with former BFF Somizi, with whom she’s said to have settled old scores at the recent DStv Viewers Choice Awards announcements private function. Bonang is said to have been polite to Somgaga, despite the recent shade he tossed her way during an appearance on Pearl Thusi’s television show.

Moving beyond all that drama with a kind of grace that she’s become known for, Bonang has been moving on to even bigger wins in her career. Amongst those is her co-hosting duties at the looming Global Citizen stage, where she will be sharing the spotlight with the likes of Dave Chapelle, Trevor Noah and amongst others Oprah Winfrey.

The Power Issue features Bonang striking a bose pose in a black cleavage bearing blazer, which has hints of lightweight rose gold shimmer

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Boity Has Her Eyes Set On Dropping Some Music

Boity is set to be working hard to launch a music career, with a Nasty C collaboration in the works to kickstart it all!

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Boity usually raises temperatures with her consistent supply of stunning snaps on her social media accounts. But one picture was accompanied by a caption that left fans debating amongst themselves.

The 28-year old media personality appears to be announcing a single, but didn’t follow up with details around premiere dates and things of that nature. Known mainly for television presenting, her beauty business ventures and some acting, the announcement caught many off-guard.


But, she’s reportedly serious about launching a successful music career. An insider claims that she’s so advanced in her plans to take over the charts that she’s now eyeing an entire album.

In fact, Boity has been publicly toying with the idea of pursuing a music career for years now. Having teased fans with what appeared to be pics of recording sessions with Nasty C last year, Boity finally confirmed last year she had hopped in studio with him to work on a duet.

And back at Cassper Nyovest’s Fill Up Orlando Stadium in 2016, she treated Tsibipians to a few bars of her own, a mini session which had attendees with a lot to chat about.

Boity now joins a long list of television personalities who expanded their portfolios to take on the music business and vice versa. The likes of Naak Musiq, Thembi Seete and Zola 7 are a few names that transitioned between acting and presenting to being successful recording artists.

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