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‘It’s Never About The Sexuality’: Gigi Lamayne Explains What Makes Her Music Different

Gigi Lamayne flexed her muscles with a thrilling series of freestyles motivated by Women’s Month. Check out where the inspiration came from.



When the phrase ‘dynamite comes in small packages’ is uttered, its mostly used as hyperbole. Rarely has it bore such a striking resemblance of what Gigi Lamayne is and stands for. Gigi (21) likened her rap persona to a schizophrenic, creative artist, with the insistence that these characteristics are the very reason she makes brilliant music. Case in point, Jungle Fever debuted at the #1 position on both the YFM #Bombchart and the #YUrbanTop40 chart over the weekend. We manage to chat with her about her Women’s Month freestyles and what they represent. Feast!

QuenchSA: Your lyrical prowess has been well documented with accolades to top it off. Do you recall the first time you realized you wanted to pursue music as a career?

Gigi: Sure! I was in grade 10, I was being severely bullied back in high school and hip hop was my refuge from the situation. That’s how I really started writing bars, then I started going to Gandhi Square to go battle and cipher on Fridays. Then I decided to take it a little bit more serious when the people around me felt I was better and the rest is history.

QuenchSA: Your Iron Lady series of freestyles gave us a glimpse into your historical aptitude and political awareness. Have women issues always been something close to your heart?

Gigi LamayneGigi: Definitely! That is something I really hope to do, telling stories of women in society because I feel like its something we don’t have enough of. Our personalities have been reduced to your the video vixen and girls in the background when we need a voice of a women who is not talking about her clothes coming off, whose not talking about how she can steal your boyfriend. Rather, we need a voice emancipating women from all these different patriarchal system that were in place before, I guess that is what I try to do with my lyrics.

QuenchSA: Do you reckon that it is a level playing field in the music industry for male and female artists?

Gigi: Not necessarily. It’s going to take a while. For people to even say its the year of the female its nice and all but we shouldn’t be confined to a single year. Its definitely twice as hard because we are forever compared to each other. We have to deal with people trying to make us fight, being compared to a Nicki Minaj when that’s not even what you doing.

QuenchSA: This past year was the year South African Hip Hop as it came to the party in a big way especially in terms of recognition and commercial success. Does commercial success mean something to you?

Gigi: Definitely! I was at a point in my industry where the underground knew me but I wasn’t getting to the point of becoming commercial enough to reach out to the market I wanted to reach out to. That was like young kids who watch cartoons, I just didn’t have the strategic tools to get there. Commercial success comes into play when you feel like your purpose is bigger than just being a rapper performing at a gig. Its more like how you want to change someone’s life because of the way a certain rapper you listened to when you were bullied or going through a tough time at school changed your life. That’s what I want to do and commercial success is the ultimate reach. It’s not even  about me trying to prove that I’m ill.

QuenchSA: Have you fashioned your career using a specific artist as a blueprint?

Gigi: Definitely not! Inevitably I try to be myself, I always tell people what I’m trying to become is a blueprint for the South African music industry and if I’m going to do that I cant try to mirror anyone else. I like the fact that I generally don’t get compared to anyone. People don’t feel like I sound like anyone because as a women it is easy for people to say for a female rapper “she sounds like this or she looks like that”. I might admire a Brenda Fassie or Tupac but I haven’t had the comparison.

QuenchSA: You’ve accomplished a lot at an early stage in your career. What have you set your sights on as the next milestone?

Gigi: Maybe the Metros maybe SAMAs and I’m thinking of that right now. I mean Jungle Fever just debuted on YFM and it shot straight to number one. Being the first female rapper to be nominated at the Metros and not only being nominated but winning is certainly what I want to do.

QuenchSA: Do you have an album date?

Gigi: No I don’t have an album date. I’m just doing singles and a few collaborations with a lot of people. I’m working with people I cant really say right now but I’ll give people a hint they are from Durban.

QuenchSA: What’s Gigi currently up to?

Gigi: We pushing a lot of singles,  pushing Jungle Fever. Jungle Fever got mad love, I was overwhelmed. It did better than Ice Cream. Doing that and ya…working.

Gigi Lamayne’s final instalment of her #IronLady series serious is now out. Watch her #Genesis freestyle here:

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Squid Game Ending Explained; We’ve Been Scammed



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.


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’




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.

The House of Dragon

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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.



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.

Midnight Mass

“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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