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On The Spot With Youngsta As He Talks Bars, The Hustle & His Vision

We caught up with Cape Town rapper Youngsta, who is making waves in the music scene with his track Salutas. Dive into his world.

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We have grown comfortable with the notion that the heart of the South African music business industry oscillates between Johannesburg – and to a lesser extent – Durban. But far away from these close nit circles, a fresh and unique sound remains undiscovered, uncelebrated and well – unknown. As such, it was quite refreshing to have a conversation with Youngsta, a 24 year old rapper from Cape Town with a unique narrative, outlook and vision. We’ll say this much, he is exactly what you have been looking for! Dive into his multi layered world as he talks about the streets of Cape Town and his plans to dominate South Africa. It’s here:


Youngsta CPT Interview

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QuenchSA: You began writing and recording at the tender age of 12. What made you think, “this is what I wanna do”?

Youngsta: There’s different things that children grow up doing. Some draw well… My thing was memorising songs. My mother thought it was going to be a phase but I started memorising more intricate stuff. For some reason I seemed to know all the words, that’s the reason I never left it.

QuenchSA: Have you had any doubts and considered becoming… say, a lawyer?

Youngsta: Of course the doubts were there! But I never saw myself in the corporate world. I wasn’t a shining star academically and my mom would say ‘just pass my son’. For me it was either rap or hustling.

QuenchSA: You speak a lot about your mother, does she have any influence on your music? 

Youngsta: Yes, I would play my music to her when I was young. I would entertain her. She’d record me and show her friends, put on a song and I’d perform it like I’m on a stage. It’s thanks to her…even her allowing me to pursue this as a career as far back as when I was a child.

Youngsta CPT interview

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QuenchSA: Your sound is pretty unique. It sounds like a combination of different influences fused creatively to birth a unique sound… There’s this throwback Hip Hop feel on tracks like Let The Good Times Roll and Flowing Through My DNA, yet some electronic influences, hip hop and dubsteb influences. How would you describe it?

Youngsta: It’s going through its early stages, I like where it’s at locally as well, the way people respond to it. I’m from Cape Town so listening to POC- their sound was different… we have our own identity. From being a child born in 1991, I’m telling my story from that perspective. I’ve been influenced by so many different sounds that I can’t box myself.

QuenchSA: We’ve taken quite a dive into your discography – pretty solid productions. It’s surprising you aren’t as out there as we reckon you should. Why is that?

Youngsta: Well I don’t have a record label, there’s not much marketing and promotion. We’re at a ground level. We deal directly with people. We’re on that internet and street hustle.

Youngsta Salutas Interview. Image*: Facebook/Youngsta

Youngsta began writing at a very young age. Image*: www.mahala.co.za

QuenchSA: Let’s talk about your influences. Who inspires you?

Youngsta: I look up to a lot of guys in Cape Town. In Jo’burg you have to give it up to guys like Tumi, Amu and Proverb. They always held down the lyrical side of hip hop. Even the guys like Squatter Camp…15 years ago I would watch them on SABC 1, Channel O, YoTV and these are the people I grew up watching. In Cape Town people like Brasse Vannie Kaap, Prophet Of the City, Mr. Devious… that’s what I want to do. In 10 years time people must talk about me, that’s how I want to be remembered.

QuenchSA: At what point will you think, ‘I’ve made it’?

Youngsta: When my mother is comfortable. She put a roof over my head and gave me three meals a day. If I can repay her for that I would have made it.

QuenchSA: What’s your take on the state of South African Hip Hop right now?

Youngsta: I like where it’s going. I like that people are taking more risks. It’s more original but we still have a lot of growing to do. People have to understand that it’s okay for the whole album not to sound like a single. Tell us some stories, something about your struggles, 48 bars without a chorus.

QuenchSA: What’s next for Youngsta?

Youngsta: World domination, I want to take over South Africa, then the world!

Twitter: @youngstaCPT

Watch the official music videos for the single Salutas

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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.

THE ENDING

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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