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Exclusive: eMTee Reflects On His Breakthrough Year

We caught up with eMTee to discuss his breakthrough year of 2015 that saw him pip everyone else in the industry for the coveted SAHH Song Of The Year. Cava.

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2015 club playlists were not complete without Roll Up or the ReUp to the smash hit blazing through their speakers. The author responsible for the craze, Mthembeni ‘eMTee’ Ndevu signaled his breakthrough in the industry with a bang despite having been working in the shadow for years. The hustler that is know as eMTee strikes a different person to that on stage, conceding that he does not go out much, choosing to focus on his work and horn his craft. We caught up with the rapper to discuss anything and everything under the sun, finally getting some explanations for all the headlines he’s been making. Check it out!


QuenchSA: Who is eMtee and what does he stand for?


eMTee: eMTee is a young artist and producer… just trying to use what he has to inspire others.


QuenchSA: When did the interest in pursuing music as a career begin?


eMTee: It was when I came back from Matatiele, where my parents are originally from, that I was exposed to a lot of pop culture. I would stay up late watching the music channel and at like grade one I took it a step further, entered talent shows, the older I grew I perfected my craft and the rest is history.

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QuenchSA: You had the most popular hip hop song in 2015. How did the Roll Up Remix come about?


eMTee: WizKid and AKA like most people liked the song and they reached out to me. WizKid spoke to my road manager and he was in South Africa for two days and we did the song. The same with AKA, he called my manager and sent his verse. A lot of rappers wanted to jump on the remix but I couldn’t say no to those two.

QuenchSA: Roll Up was huge! Are you nervous about your follow up single?


eMTee: I’m starting to be comfortable because I take pride in my work. I’m no longer at a point where I’m nervous unless it’s performing to a live crowd. I also have a good team, which understands that its all about timing. So before I release the next single I’ll sit down with my team.

QuenchSA: People have already started pitting you against Nasty C as the country’s latest hip hop rivalry. What’s your take on this matter?


eMTee: Nasty C and I are very tight, when he is in Jo’burg we make sure we link up. If it had to come to that I think we both matured enough to know that its work. We support each other which is something people don’t know. He featured on my album, and its going to be the third single and we still going to make more music together.

QuenchSA: Twitter hasn’t been kind to you of late. Why do you think your tweets have gotten so much attention?


eMTee: On Twitter there’s a lot of people who are… rude and try to convince other people to think alike, create communities and start hating on eMTee. I express myself. Not everyone is going to be on my side. I also understand that the more Twitter is unkind to me, the more followers I get, the more I trend and the more calls I get from journalists. Anybody who calls me out on Twitter is not a fan, therefore I will always respond in a manner consistent with the approach of that person. I don’t think there’s an artist who is as open as I am.
 Mthembeni Ndevu

QuenchSA: Having worked with the most established acts in Africa on your first album and winning the SAHH Song of the Year, what still needs to happen for eMTee to say ‘I’ve made it’?


eMTee: For me it has to be getting a call from an American event organizer wanting to book me for a show, performing alongside international acts. Before I can say I’ve made it, I need financially stability, (to) look after my family, be in a position where I can help the next person and I feel like its going to happen, I just hope its not too much for me to handle.

QuenchSA: Your name has been linked to many beefs in the industry. Why do you think Heavy K called you out like that? 


eMTee: He’s a house-head. I don’t think he listens to hip hop that much. He probably didn’t know much about me and probably thought I was going up against someone. Which is totally normal, everyone is entitled to their opinion. We ended up talking and I suggested he listen to my album and he did. I’m sure his views have changed. I think hip hop wouldn’t be hip hop without controversy, something people could talk about.

QuenchSA: What has changed since your break through into the industry?


eMTee: A lot has changed. My peers have changed, people that were my friends don’t like me anyone, they think I’ve changed. People have a lot of ideas about me. From me not having shoes to having 16 pairs and giving some away, I’m stronger and better, I’m more confident. In terms of my music I’ve learnt to take my time, make it a solid product.

QuenchSA: What can we expect from eMTee in 2016?


eMTee: I’m probably going to do twice as much as I was doing last year. I remember when on Twitter one person asked me what was my resolution and I said one of my new year resolutions was making my haters angrier than what they already are which means I’m going to achieve more. The more I achieve the angrier they get.

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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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