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Sunday Wind Down: Lection Opens Up About His Career, Drop It, Sales And More.

Exclusive interview with Motswako sensation Lection as he discusses his latest offering Drop It and tells us his plans for the album, singles and the hip hop genre. Here’s More.

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Rarely does one find a vernacular rapper with such versatility and understanding of the game as Lection does at this stage of his career. The North West rapper has espoused the Motswako flow so effortlessly that his delivery and the word play at the speed he recites his lyrics moves you with the drop of the beat. We got to sit down with Lection and talk about his career, his latest single and his plans to takeover the game. Here’s what Lection had to say about South African Hip Hop.

QuenchSA: Who is Lection and what does Lection stand for as an artist?

Lection: Lection is a producer born in Rustenburg grew up in Maftown. He’s a rapper doing Motswako – a sub-genre of hip hop. And what does he represent as an artist? It’s basically a combination of everything that SA has to offer. We are talking culture, style and the lifestyle of hip hop in general, especially vernacular rap.

QuenchSA: Your flow is a quite unique, is that deliberate?

Lection: Yeah man. As an artist you need to stand out, your fans need to identify you. That’s why I decided to do something a little bit different and extreme.

QuenchSAHow long have you been making music?

Lection: So many years, I don’t even know. As long as I’ve been breathing I’ve been doing music but I officially launched my career in 2008.

QuenchSA: The South African music industry has been a difficult terrain for newcomers. How did you manage to gain acceptance from other rappers in the industry?

Lection: I think mainly pushing the envelope a little bit, trying to stand out from the rest of the clan. I’m doing things that other people overlook or dismiss quickly. I like engaging myself in things I’m not comfortable with, that’s the best way to know something about you. I like trying new things, that’s what I think sets me apart from everybody, I like doing things out of the norm. Mostly I like challenging myself.

QuenchSA: Who do you look up to in the industry and why?

Lection: Uhm…People who inspire me the most… Stone from Bongo Muffin inspires me the most, spending a lot of time with him I get to learn a lot, his struggles, how he learnt the ropes, how he got to where he is, HHP I spend a lot of time with HHP, he’s a philosopher man, the way he looks at things and the way he looks at the industry, Tasman the producer, as well he’s a philosopher, he’s very wise and he has a lot of information about life in general, the advice he gives me. Each and every individual inspires me and there’s certain things that inspire me in people and I look up to them.

JPG_1414QuenchSA: The emphasis of album sales in the hip hop genre in South Africa has grown significantly in recent months. How do you balance making money of your music and putting out music for free?

Lection: There’s a lot of areas in which one can make a lot money or profit from, giving your song out for free it’s more like one of those days when Mxit culture was still at play where you drop an EP or tracks for free and give them out to radios and djs. So right now because the download lifestyle is crazy, you just gotta make sure the music is accessible to the market and I want everybody I just don’t want the ITunes market and I don’t want the Sandton market only, I want everyone to have access to my music. Giving them that access to my music I’ll find other ways of making money from it. There’s many ways to profit from giving out something for free because you gotta put the product out there, make people love the product, once they are so attached to the product it’ll be easy to say for you to witness this product live its X amount they’ll definitely come and support because you’ll be giving them a taste of what’s to be expected, so it’s more like giving out a single before an album, you gotta give out those singles so those singles are like bait, so giving out music for free is like bait.

QuenchSA: What was the inspiration behind Drop It?

Lection: Everybody is turning up and all I wanted was to get the ladies to go a bit ratchet so when I heard that beat I was like this is ratchet enough for what I want to do. Every time I perform that song before I decided to make it a full track I used to have it as a teaser for performances. The crowd would go crazy once the beat came on. That excitement made me realize that you know what this is what I want to go for the whole year, break into spring and drop that video, get people dancing, make your own dance moves because what I like about that beat is that when I move to it, although you don’t really know what you going to do but you going to move something. You might not be a professional dancer but you going to move something and the verses, like I said push the envelope a little bit , do something different and mess around with flows. Drop It is all about Tswana.

QuenchSA: On your own singles you haven’t featured any artists. Is that by design?

Lection: Yeah definitely because the last you want as an artist is to be in somebody’s shadow or use somebody to get somewhere. I just want establish my own people, I just want make sure I have my own following and when somebody says they are your fan they really must know what they are talking about in terms of catalogue. You gotta know the catalogue as an artist especially a solo artist. I don’t want people to confuse that and think I’m only strong when I work with other people. I can stand on my own and I have my own name to stand on. Most of my singles I’m not going to feature people until I feel like have the attention or the market I want. Probably my third single from this single I might feature a big name or somebody out of the genre that I’m in.

QuenchSA: When can we expect your next single?

Lection: Probably summer or just spring because Drop It hasn’t done nothing, trust me there’s still a lot to do, music videos, tours, club tours, competition, challenges, merchandise. Flip I can even make a pen and call it Drop It, so we only just getting started, we starting with a road tour in July and you can expect a lot of tours from us, doing radio, studio and that time the video will be out so we’ll push it till then.

QuenchSA: When can we expect your album?

Lection: Late next year, I’m not going to drop the album until there’s a demand, the last thing I want is to have my album on the shelves aint nobody buying it so I gotta make sure there’s crazy demand first, pre-orders have to be there, I just need to be sure that the product is ready to be bought.

lection photoshoot1QuenchSA: If it wasn’t making music then what would Lection be doing?

Lection: I’d probably be teaching. I love sharing knowledge. Whatever knowledge I have, whatever experience, whatever advice I have to pass on to the next person. I think I was built to do that, I love to teach. Either a teaching or I was going to be a lawyer on of the two.

QuenchSA: What’s next for Lection?

Lection: It’s the Drop It video and a mini EPK or mini-documentary of how I recorded most of the songs that people know, from They Know, Basadi, Gogo (see the video here), all the songs that I’ve done there’s going to be a mini documentary of how I came about to be in each song I’ve done, the studio process and everything. Otherwise I’m doing outreach programs as well, going to high schools, speaking to matriculants because next year when you step up into the world, tertiary world, they need to know what they are going to do, what you getting themselves into. So outreach programs, pushing the music, trying to venture into other business that’s basically it.

The docie is going to come after the Drop It video because I want Drop It to be part of the documentary. It’s going to be a 50 minute something so that people can see what goes in the studio, see what we go through when we try to sample music to radio, performances, the struggles that we go through backstage when we argue with promoters, how we get to gigs. Just to show people a glimpse of what goes on in our world. So the documentary won’t generally be about me as an artist, it’s going to be about what an artist goes through when they record a song, how do they sample it, how they try to get it on the right radio stations, how they  prepare for performances, how they feel after performances , how  they feel about promoters.

To get the new single Drop It one can go to Lection’s Twitter page @lection for the download link.

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Squid Game Ending Explained; We’ve Been Scammed

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We’ve been had, and Squid Game is here to prove it.

When the end of the South Korean horror drama arrives on the ninth episode, the winner finds himself harrowed by what the coveted prize has cost his soul. In the rat race for survival, along with a better life that hinges on the never ending hustle, there’s no time to stop and see the horror our lives become. By the end, we see how the winner has sold his soul for a crappy deal that came with a few toys, and a happy meal.

A group of 456 players are mysteriously invited to take part in a set of children’s games for a grand prize of $38 million, which will be enough to give the winner the financial freedom they desperately need. The players are selected from different walks of life, with the burden of excessive debt being their biggest motivation to give the Game a go.

The first of deepening terrors comes during the first game, when the players discover that penalties for losing in the challenges will be death. DEATH. Horrified, the players initially vote to leave and return to their lives.

This noble departure doesn’t last long; their material realities as fugitives on the run from debt collectors only highlights the glow of the precious promise they’ve now left behind. When they return for the second time, they now consent to their highly probable deaths.

Led by Lee Jung-jae, who plays Seong Gi-hun, a taxi driver with a gambling addiction, the South Korean series has become somewhat of a global phenomenon. Now the most streamed Korean series of all time, Squid Game is also said to be on pace to dethrone Bridgerton as the most streamed series in the history of Netflix. And it’s with good reason. Squid Game is a trip.

Survival is the drive. The blues of a broke life pile up for Seong Gi-hun, who’s daughter is being taken away to the US by her mother and step father. His mother is battling deteriorating diabetes and even in her frail condition, is still working hard to make ends meet. It’s during the peak of his frustrations that Gi-hun is randomly invited to take part in the Game.

After accepting the offer, he finds himself in a discreet location along with 455 players, who are also drowning in debt. The players are kept under an authoritarian system of surveillance. Masked guards in pink suits keep the scene under control under the supervision of the Front Man. Gi-hun allies with other players, including his childhood friend Cho Sang-woo, as a the most strategic way to survive the bloody challenges.

Amongst those that end up in this team is player 001, a frail old man who who became his “gganbu”. Sae-byeok, who was also in the team, was killed by Sang-woo, Gi-hun’s childhood friend, team member and flip-flopping ally. Several other team members had to be killed by their team mates, which revealed the wickedness of the games.

In the end, Gi-hun’s victory came without an apology. He had to defeat a close ally in the games, the old and frail player 001. They’d bonded throughout their time, but in the end he had to advance himself against those he’d built alliances. As the games progressed, the players found themselves having to face tough calls. Someone else has to die for you to make it another day.

After a series of brutal games, it comes down to childhood friends Gi-hun and Cho Sang-woo. They’d played different games, with Sang-woo having played hard and stopping at nothing to win. Gi-hun is mad at Sang-woo for a series of betrayals, including him stabbing Sae-byeok to her death. In the end, Gi-hun wins when Sang-woo apologised and kills himself.

Yet despite emerging a winner, Gi-hun finds that the cost of becoming an overnight billionaire has bankrupted his soul. For a year following the day his bank account was loaded with a nine zero figure, he didn’t touch the money. After all, he returned to find his mother dead on the floor. One of his motivations was getting the money to get her medical help over her advancing diabetes.

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Gi-hun is clearly troubled by the bodies upon which his new wealth rests. A year passes and he hasn’t touched the money – even oddly reverting to old patterns of asking for loans to get by. It might be late to be so concerned about the moral questions surrounding the games now – the long and short of it is he won and his life has changed.

Later, he is shocked to find out that the “gganbu” who had to be killed after losing to him in a game of marbles, was never really killed.

In a shocking plot twist that changes everything – he also finds out that the old man is in fact the creator of the games! Finding him in a medical bed after receiving a mysterious invite to the location, Gi-hun discovers that the man’s real name is Oh Il-nam, an obscenely rich fella who created the games in 1988 (the same year Korea hosted the Olympics for the first time) purely for their entertainment. We already know by now that ‘the VIPs’ are a bunch of morally bankrupt elites who find pleasure in watching the poor masses slaughtering each other for money in a broken system. Where have we heard that before?

Although his participation in the games as player 001 was a farce, what he told Gi-hun back then, that he had a brain tumour, had been true. And of course, he challenged him to another sick game. A man had been freezing to death on a street pavement, and Oh Il-nam challenged Gi-hun to guess to bet on the odds that someone who help him when the clock strikes 00:00 at midnight. As Gi-hun wins, Oh Il-nam dies.

We assume this marks the end of the games. However later in the episode, Gi-hun sees the man who recruited him doing it to someone else. He runs to stop what is happening, but arrives at the exact scene late, the train has already taken off. Later on the way to boarding a flight, he turns and calls a number. “I can’t forgive you for everything you’re doing,” he tells ta man we assume to be In-ho. He turns back, clearly about to begin his new mission.

What we know now, is that Oh Il-nam created the games to tickle the sick tastes of his sick rich network. But he is now dead. Who is now behind the games? This, and Gi-hun’s passionate manifesto, are strong indications that next season of the series is already shaping up to a different arc. It’s his final transformation, and he is ready to take down the operation and those behind it. He won’t allow people to be “horses” for the entertainment of wealthy elites.

We know that In-ho shot Jun-ho in a bid to stop him from alerting the police about the games. The signal was bad, delaying the delivering of the evidence Jun-ho had been trying to send in several texts, right up to the moment the moment he plunged from a cliff and hit the water. What we don’t know is whether the messages were really not delivered. There’s also no conclusive evidence that Jun-ho is dead.

Potentially, the biggest lesson from season one is that our relentless pursuit for material success in a punishing money system kills us.

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First Look at HBO’s Game of Thrones Spin-Off ‘House of The Dragon’

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Things look promising for HBO’s upcoming drama series, The House of Dragon. The highly buzzed Games of Thrones prequel’s first visual teaser has been met with much fanfare, raking in more than 8,6 million views on Youtube within two days of its arrival.

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First reactions and buzz around the epic teaser have been strong indications that the series, slated to premiere in 2022, is off to a good start despite the infamous final season slump suffered by G.O.T. And it could mean that maybe, just maybe,  the world ready to let old baggage go.

The House of Dragon, created by an entire different team, will arrive about three years since the cold winter. The cast includes Matt Smith, Paddy Considine and Sonoya Mizuno who will be bringing to life a different era of Westeros.

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Midnight Mass is Creepy With A Dark Subtext and You Need To See it

‘God’s angel’ had sinister plans for the town.

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The reign of terror plunges a small and quiet town to ashes when the arrival of a charismatic yet mysterious priest coincides with the return of a disgraced young man who has just been released from prison.

While Riley (Zach Gilford) initially finds that Crockett Island and its 127 residents – along with his childhood sweetheart Erin (Kate Siegel) – still conduct a mundane existence, Pastor Paul (Hamish Linklater) soon changes that.

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“The LORD’s angel”‘s life giving blood comes scams locals into horrible mistakes on Midnight Mass.

When the island’s much loved Roman Catholic senior priest takes a trip to the pilgrimage and never comes back, an energetic new priest takes his place at the Holy Land church. And while his arrival brings with it a new wave of spiritual revival amongst the island community, something sinister begins to haunt the town.

With each episode, the esoteric occult that powers Paul’s ability to perform astounding miracles and mesmerise the islanders, slowly gains dominion over the unsuspecting community. Instead, they begin taking up a renewed interest in the church as word of mouth spreads about the signs and wonders. Much like Jesus Christ was able to draw crowds wherever he went, the appearance of Paul’s supernatural power is able to attract even those who’d remained sceptics their lives.

It’s the blending of the sacred and the sinister. The taking of communion that has been contaminated with demonic blood, which functions as the miracle drug promising eternal life.

We soon find out the miracles come at an unthinkable cost.

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