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‘I’ve Paid My Dues’: Miss Celaneous On The Lefemme Remix & Her Music

Exclusive interview with rapper Miss Celaneous about her music, Women’s month and her feature on Lefemme Remix.

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Rap sensation hailing all the way from the Mother City, Miss Celaneous has been in the hip hop circuit for over half a decade. In that amount of time she has seen it all and done it all, from behind the microphone as an MC, to the runway, whether its shot-caller in her many businesses or spitting hard bars her value to the culture is immeasurable. Real name Robyn Arendse is easily discernible from a fray of rappers out there, if its not her husky voice when reciting her rhymes, it could be her Afro that takes on a variety of colours based on her whim. The 30 year old spoke to us exclusive about her many business ventures, why she hasn’t released an album yet and about her appearance on the Lefemme Remix.


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QuenchSA: What are the origins of the rap moniker Miss Celaneous?


Miss Celaneous: I have my fingers in many pots, from business, to entertainment, the service industry and the like, worn the t-shirt to the point that I could fall back on anything when boredom strikes. Miss Celaneous represents that mixture of anything and everything. You can’t really label it, in the music industry I’m not specifically bolted down to any genre. I’ve dabbled in House music, Rnb, EDM etc my style is ever changing from vintage, to tomboy, chic, hip-hop grunge whatever tickles my fancy at any given moment. It cannot be boxed with a label.


QuenchSA: When did it first hit you that music is what you wanted to do for a living?


Miss Celaneous: While flying for a reputable airline for 7 years and then realizing that I spent most of my time there writing lyrics in the corner of the galley instead of catering to passengers made me aware my focus had changed. I was no longer useful there and posed an unfair disadvantage to my colleagues and passengers alike. I left with a heavy heart and said goodbye to the steady higher than average income and hello to longer working hours and a start up entrepreneurial wage. The real hustle began that day.


QuenchSA: How would you classify your brand and style of rap?


Miss Celaneous: It’s hard to do that to be honest. It’s ever changing. One minute I’m rof and ombeskof, next I’m wispy and vulnerably romantic. I know it tends to confuse people but what the hell man keep up!

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QuenchSA: If it wasn’t music, what would you be doing?


Miss Celaneous: On the side I run my own events, express myself through my clothing label www.TSAKAPPAREL.com and my marketing services are contracted with a few local apps. If music were to be pulled up from under me I’d go full out into the apps I’m helping develop.


QuenchSA: When can we expect a full body of work from you?


Miss Celaneous: When people request it! I have material for 3 albums collecting dust, but what’s the point of putting it out if only a handful are interested. It costs money to put out an album and market it. It needs to make business sense. My followers who are interested in listening to a whole album are more than welcome to share my existing links and even request radio play. That way more people will be aware.


QuenchSA: If you could work with anyone in the country, which artist would you like to work with?


Miss Celaneous: Da Les, Proverb, Jimmy Dloodloo, Tamara Dey, GoodLuck


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QuenchSA: Is there a market for more conscious rap in South Africa’s hip hop climate?


Miss Celaneous: Yes I believe there is! However small, it is possible to create the need. South African music lovers must pull up their socks and support. If you ask you shall receive – if you really are sick to death of seeing the same artists and deejays on at the same events year after year, then do something about it. Retweet your favorite local artist consistently and request radio play. Tag the radio’s stations, if enough people do this, we shall have a bigger variety. Kim Kardashian doesn’t care about you, stop wasting your tweets on people that don’t contribute to your own economy.


QuenchSA: You were part of the Lefemme Remix. Was the nod to get on the remix expected?


Miss Celaneous: Yes. I’ve paid my dues!


QuenchSA: Was the Now Or Never Remix bashing Trap and commercial music?


Miss Celaneous: Not at all. It’s just to say that the general public are moving away from lyricism and moving towards the 808s instead. We all are still capable of listening and deciphering words, we shouldn’t give up on that basic way of thinking.

READ: Patty Monroe Speaks On Taking Her Music Around The World


QuenchSA: With August being Women’s month, what does the month represent for you personally?


Miss Celaneous: It represents the struggles that women in general go through, a time to appreciate all we do and sacrifice. Giving us a platform to openly discuss issues that we face knowing there’s that one month where we will be heard. It’s just unfortunate that we don’t get the light shined on us on a regular.


QuenchSA: What can your fans expect from you in the immediate future?


Miss Celaneous: A movie, keep watching this space and please keep retweeting.


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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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