Certified Braamfontein legend, Stilo Magolide broke it down, in a step by step rendition his rise to prominence in the South African hip hop scene and how he maintains his relevance. The BoyznBucks member expanded on his love for fashion, citing his early days with fashion group Cream Cartel and the street fashion brand W.A.T.E.R as one of his proudest achievements yet. His career in music has also fostered a huge following, leading to household names like Castle Lite and Vans endorsing the Designer Stylist Rapper. We had a chat with Stilo about his plans to release his much anticipated debut album, a feat he intends to achieve later on in the year.
QuenchSA: How did the rap moniker Stilo Magolide come about?
Stilo: Basically what it was is it was a hybrid between the fashion designer and the musician because the word Stilo means style and then Magolide as in like the golden one from Jo’burg because I was born and bread in Jo’burg.
QuenchSA: When did the interest in pursuing a music career begin?
Stilo: I think in the back of my mind it has always been there, I grew up around musically inclined people and people in the industry. So like for the longest time it’s been in the back of my mind as one of those things like maybe I should…In 2011/12 I was like let me do this rap thing for real. Then I started doing it.
QuenchSA: Your first break into South African television screens was with your fashion-forward crew Cream Cartel. Is fashion still something you interested in?
Stilo: Yeah definitely! I love fashion. If you see my bio in any of my social media platforms its Designer Stylist Rapper, I’m a designer first then the rapper. Even in my raps there’s a lot of fashion talk. I have a brand called W.A.T.E.R. We styled many artists from AKA to Scoop Makhathini when he hosted the Channel O Music Award in 2014. It’s a pretty established brand in terms of street culture. People have been asking for the brand to come back for the longest time so this year we going to relaunch the brand.
QuenchSA: You dished out hit singles all throughout 2015. How far is the process of releasing an album to completion?
Stilo: We haven’t started working on the album yet, but definitely we dropping an album this year, its part of our calendar for the year. More than anything our main focus right now is we dropping a fan appreciation track featuring Nasty C called Day Off. It’s going to be out for free download. We just want to put out as much music as possible this year. With the drive and all the support from the fans they will determine if the body of work for an album is ready. I don’t want to half-step my fans and put out an album and they feel like I wasn’t ready or it wasn’t time. Its showing everybody that it’s not just about releasing a hit single or shooting a cool music video, its about releasing a full body of work.
QuenchSA: You are associated with the group Boyz n Bucks that share the same passion for music and taste of eccentric brand of fashion. How did that link come about?
Stilo: Friends with common interest, that’s how the connection came about. Friends who share common interest in music, fashion art. To answer your question its friendship before anything else.
QuenchSA: Is a Boyz n Bucks album in the works?
Stilo: I don’t think so, we could surprise you guys and drop a Boyz n Bucks mixtape. You never know.
QuenchSA: Is the South African hip hop industry divided into two main factions?
Stilo: It’s like any hip hop industry anywhere. I guess I can’t speak on any other country except for the one I’m in which is South Africa. It’s not about the crew or who you with, it’s about you focusing on your own work and putting your work out because no one will deny you of your good work. Just gotta work as hard as you can.
QuenchSA: Hip hop beefs have proved to be very profitable. Have you ever thought of a premeditated beef to perhaps reach a wider audience?
Stilo: It’s not really my style. I’m not that type of person but everyone wants a wider reach but I’m not going to put someone else down. If somebody genuinely has a problem with me I’d rather handle it mano-e-mano, meet outside and let’s talk about it. I wont put it on a record. If I do do it on a record it means I’m ready to go outside but if I do it on a record I’m just letting you know how much it affected me.
QuenchSA: You have performed in front of 20 000 fans at the dome among other of your achievements. What still needs to happen before you can say ‘I’ve made it’?
Stilo: Once I start getting on international festival circuits, that’s what I’m working towards. I’m hands down one of the best performing hip hop acts in the country. So building on my show to an international level. I don’t ever compare myself to any other rapper locally or anywhere else, I’m in my own lane, carving out my own way.
QuenchSA: More on a personal touch, is Stilo dating?
Stilo: No, Stilo is single.
QuenchSA: What is Stilo currently listening to in his car?
Stilo: I’m listening to a bunch of people, I’m listening to New Toronto: Tory Lane, Emtee, Nasty C, Post Malone…that’s what is on my playlist.
QuenchSA: On a personal level, how do you measure the success or failure of a single or album?
Stilo: For me its a tricky one because I’m independent. I put out a single then people don’t catch the heat then months pass and when the video comes out then people feel like its a great single then it becomes awkward. So to each is their own, you are the maker of your own success. I’m done putting myself life in a situation where I’m like ‘oh no its not a hit compared to that’, work harder as I can, if it catches heat it catches heat, if it doesn’t I have to work ten times harder to find out why it wasn’t.
QuenchSA: What can we expect from Stilo in 2016?
Stilo: More music, more movies, more clothing, more everything…I’m going to do some crazy things this year. I’ve already started the year on a big bang, the first rap artist in the continent to ever be endorsed by Van. Before the end of the year the album is going to come, Friday I’m dropping a single with Nasty C called Day Off, crazy turn up track, be on the lookout.
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.