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‘We Are Not Just Regular Emcees’ – Tol A$$ Mo Sheds Some Light On His Music Career

We spoke to comedian Tol A$$ Mo about his music career and whether it will have any effect on his stand up comedy.

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Renowned stand up comedian Tol A$$ Mo saw it fit to rescue the South African hip hop music industry from its monotone blend of misogynistic and flagrant wordplay. Adding his own comedic spice into the mix, TAM (his alter ego derived from abbreviating his name) is co-signed by Family Tree, the record label founded and owned by Cassper Nyovest. Boasting of the highest rated show on MTV every time  it airs in the form of You Got Got, Tol A$$ Mo was not mum about his entry into the music business ruffling a few feathers, citing that those who have a problem with him should approach him directly. We spoke to the lengthy prankster about his music and his style.


 QuenchSA: First and foremost happy belated birthday. What does 30 years of age mean for Tol A$$ Mo as a father, comedian and an artist?


Tol A$$ Mo: Thank you so much. It’s my birthday month and I’m just having fun. I turned 30, I’m at a turning point in my life, I’m into bigger and new things. That’s why I’m going into hip hop hype music.


QuenchSA: You refer to yourself as a hype man. What is the difference between a hype man and a hip hop artist?


Tol A$$ Mo: A hype man is someone that makes sure that the party is on point that’s why I started a group called Hype Gang with Carpo and myself. We not just regular emcees, when we get up on stage we energize and engage with the audience at all time.


QuenchSA: Your music is not void of your comedic prowess. Will that be the case throughout the whole album?


Tol A$$ Mo: Not entirely. My album will be lighthearted, you’ll have fun with it.


QuenchSA: Has it always been the plan to venture into music?


Tol A$$ Mo: I could never have planned this because art is such a universal form, it can’t be categorized into one genre or one form. If you are an artist at heart, you’ll find that you want to express yourself in so many different ways which all is art at the end of the day. I express myself in stand up comedy which is I tell the truth about myself and make it ignorant, I also do hyping which is going into stage, engaging with the audience and turning up. At the same time I have a rhythmic voice, I can go to the studio and drop some bars.

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QuenchSA: Do you have a specific time frame of when you’ll be dropping a full body of work?


Tol A$$ Mo: Right now I’m still in the studio working on the album. I’m basically halfway through the album. I’ve got very cool features on the album, for example Reason is on the album and I got many other artist featured on it.


QuenchSA: Does your venture into the music industry mean you taking a step back from stand up comedy?


Tol A$$ Mo: Not at all! I express myself on many different platforms…I can’t say I’m taking a step back from stand up comedy because it means I’m taking a step back from who I am and I can’t do that.


QuenchSA: It is getting harder to keep up with your resume, adding creative director of You Got Got into the mix. How did that journey come about?


Tol A$$ Mo: Firstly, MTV wanted something fresh, something trendy. We went there and presented a great prank show and they liked our vibe. They liked me as an individual, the character and the team that I work with as a collective. The vibe was I wanted to do something different, something fresh. A show that does not live on a single plane, a show that can also interact with people on social media platforms. It was amazing how our synergy kind of came together and how the team was formed in terms of You Got Got because if you look at one of the outlaws in Zinhle Msimango, I’ve been working with Zinhle for many years, we worked on a show called Laugh Out Loud and shot over three seasons of that showYou never had the creative power or the ability to do what you want and I kind of grew out of that. Here we meet again, Zinhle, who is very underrated and I, doing a prank show that is produced and creatively directed by us. We are the talent at the same time which is amazing.


QuenchSA: Do you ever get flack for taking shots at certain celebrities?


Tol A$$ Mo: I do get flack from a few artists, some people are like what is Mo doing yet a lot of people are loving the shit. I prank whoever I want, whenever I want…there’s no one who is safe. I’m Tol A$$ Mo. There are a lot of lames that feel like I shouldn’t be rapping but I really don’t care. At the end of the day I’m the one getting booked for gigs, performing in front of thousands of fans.


QuenchSA: Your fashion sense is very eclectic and unique. What inspires your style?


Tol A$$ Mo: Mome inspires my style. My wife is my stylist. All I can say is it’s high-end fashion.


QuenchSA: What can we expect from Tol A$$ Mo in 2016?


Tol A$$ Mo: More hype, more music. Pushing Hype Gang on all the social media platforms and throw in some comedy into the mix but definitely the focus is on Hype Gang.

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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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