Fifi Cooper has been one of the most consistent female rapper for the better half of last year, churning out hit after hit so effortlessly. It came as no surprise when she was tagged for AKA’s smash hit Baddest Remix which featured arguably the most relevant female hip hop artists in the country at the time. No shade intended! Real name Refilwe Precious Mooketsi bares the burden of being the First Lady of Motswako, a genre that has given birth to Mzansi’s hip hop greats of late. We managed to chain her down for an interview where she revealed that her debut album 201FIFI will be certified platinum come hell or high water. Dive in!
QuenchSA: You were in an accident recently and you said ‘baloyi’ targeted you. Does your belief in witchcraft stretch beyond sarcastic humour?
Fifi Cooper: I don’t believe in that because I’m one person that prays and believes in God, but the North West people will understand that because we joke about it. It’s not taken literally.
QuenchSA: You are considered as the First Lady of Motswako. How important is your presence to the genre?
Fifi: As far as I know I’m the only female rapper doing Motswako. We only have the Kings, your Casspers, HHP, Khulis and I feel like with the title I deserve it because I’m the only female representing where we come from because Motswako originally comes from the North West, in Mahikeng.QuenchSA: Your success as a female rapper has been without the added influence of ‘sex appeal’. Is that by design?
Fifi: I grew up around boys, I have two brothers and being the last born I always around boys so showing skin is not something I’m used to. I grew up being comfortable wearing baggy jeans and loose tops, that’s just who I am. Originality is everything! Showing skin has a lot of disadvantages, if you are an upcoming artist who is scantily clad people will focus on your body more than your craft.
QuenchSA: It is an inextricable quality in hip hop universally to pit female emcees against one another. Is the battle to be recognized as the best femcee in the land part of your agenda?
Fifi: No! I avoid such things because I know how girls are as much as I’m a girl. I know that girls will always want to compete. Beefs and cat fights are just a waste of time because I have bigger dreams and I still want to go places. Its better for me to use my time to push my brand than fighting with people.
QuenchSA: Was the Baddest Remix representative of the best femcees in South Africa?
Fifi: Not really! I didn’t take it like that. For me it was a huge step forward in my career, it was something I didn’t expect, I took it as ‘I’m actually being recognized out here and its not about being the best’. If you listen to my verse on that song, I’m actually quite chilled. Everyone came prepared, I was the only one who wrote their verse in the studio and I didn’t even feel the pressure because for me it wasn’t a competition. I just had fun with it.
QuenchSA: Has the success of female rappers in recent years leveled the playing field somewhat?
Fifi: To be honest the female rapper rally started really growing in 2015 and that’s when people started knowing my name. I feel like I’ve been the hardest working female rapper in the country in like I don’t know how many years. It is leveling because we also getting the same love as male rappers are getting. Its no longer male dominated, there’s a lot of female rappers who are doing so well, bringing in quality.
QuenchSA: Is your album’s success indicative of your crossover effect, transcending language barriers?
Fifi: I think the fact that the album is doing so good it can only show that the support is not only coming from home, its coming from all over the country. I can see even in my performances, when I got to Cape Town people sing along to my songs, when I go to Durban its the same thing.
QuenchSA: Do sale figures determine the success or failure of your first offering?
Fifi: It needs to be a successful album, its the first album and I worked hard on it. We still pushing the album, I’m a big dreamer and I believe that no matter how long it takes we going to reach gold and we are going to reach platinum. That’s just the way it is.
QuenchSA: What wouldn’t Fifi fans find on the internet about you?
Fifi: They would definitely not find anything about my personal life, stuff like my relationships, my daily routine, I love being private. I want my personal life to remain private as much as my public side of things to be public.
QuenchSA: Does it get annoying to constantly be drawn to the whole female hip hop emcee debate?
Fifi: It’s actually annoying because if I had to choose between being called a female emcee or being called an emcee I’d prefer to be called an emcee because I don’t understand why we have to have that tag…I look at myself as a rapper.
QuenchSA: Who do you look up to in the industry?
Fifi: I look up to everyone who is working hard. If you work hard, it will show. Obviously hard work pays off. Hard work is what inspires me.
QuenchSA: Are you planning to have a public beef with someone? Its worked for some people?
Fifi: No! You don’t plan that, it is something you don’t plan, if it just happens then it happens.
QuenchSA: What does 2016 hold for Fifi Cooper?
Fifi: I’m actually planning a lot of things, I’m still going to push my album, I’m looking at more international features, more videos are going to drop. Presenting is also one of the things I really love doing and I’m looking at that this year, I’ve been going to auditions so watch this space.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.