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The 2016 SA Hip Hop Awards Revealed

It’s the most talked about music genre in South Africa, and now the biggest rappers in 2016 have been nominated for the 2016 SAHHA

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The 2016 South Africa Hip Hop Awards nominees have been revealed.

And this time around, some of the biggest new players have unsettled what has been a constant reshuffling of the same rappers.

Maraza, Miss Pru and DJ Citi Lyts, who had some of the biggest songs in 2016, all scored big with the nods this year. The latter two are signed by Ambitious Entertainment, who’ve been noted for their consistent hit productions throughout the fiscal.

Cassper Nyovest, Fifi Cooper, Nasty C, Miss Pru scored the most nominations this year.

SAHHA 2016 Nominees

SONG OF THE YEAR Gwan Maraza
Ameni Miss Pru
Pearl Thusi Emtee
Sidlukotini Riky Rick
One Time AKA
Ngud’ Kwesta ft. Cassper Nyovest
Hell Naw Nasty C
Now Or Never DJ Switch
Washa DJ CitiLyts ft. Ambitious Artists
Walking & Dabbing Aewon Wolf ft. Gemini Major & Khuli Chana
BEST ALBUM 20FIFI Fifi Cooper
Avery Emtee
DAKAR II Kwesta
Refiloe Cassper Nyovest
We Need A Title BETR Gang
HONORARY AWARD Goddessa
MIXTAPE OF THE YEAR AM-EP Maraza
You Don’t Know Me Yet Priddy Ugly
Ground Zero Gigi Lamayne
3/4 Pace Kid X
Cameron Diaz Stilo Magolide
BEST MALE Avery Emtee
DAKAR II Kwesta
Refiloe Cassper Nyovest
BEST FEMALE 20FIFI Fifi Cooper
Bragga Nadia Nakai
Ground Zero Gigi LaMayne
Storiez 2 Tell Megmafia
DJ OF THE YEAR DJ Switch
Major League DJz
DJ Dimplez
DJ Speedsta
Ms. Cosmo
PRODUCER OF THE YEAR Tweezy
Ruff
Ganja Beats
Lunatik Beats
Gemini Major
BEST COLLABO Ameni Miss Pru ft. Fifi Cooper, Emtee, B3nchmarq, A-Reece, Saudi & Sjava
Kuze Kuse Fifi Cooper ft. Emtee
Washa DJ CitiLyts ft. Fifi Cooper, Emtee & B3nnchmarq
Dream Work AKA ft. Yanga
Ngud’ Kwesta ft. Cassper Nyovest
Ragga Ragga Gemini Major ft. Family Tree
Now Or Never DJ Switch ft. Shane Eagle, Proverb, Reason & Kwesta
Way It Go DJ Switch ft. Tumi, Nasty C and Youngsta
Jump Anatii ft. Cassper Nyovest and Nasty C
Walking & Dabbing Aewon Wolf ft. Gemini Major and Khuli Chana
LYRICIST OF THE YEAR Nasty C
Solo
A-Reece
Kid Tini
Kid X
BEST FRESHMAN/NEWCOMER Coming of Age Kid Tini
20FIFI Fifi Cooper
Cameron Diaz Stilo Magolide
3/4 Pace Kid X
Book Of Chad Chad Da Don
HUSTLER OF THE YEAR Cassper Nyovest
Khuli Chana
Proverb
Gigi LaMayne
BEST DANCE CREW Creed Crew
Supreme I Crew
2Legitt Crew
Vintage Crew
BEST VIDEO Couldn’t A-Reece ft. Emtee
Le Mpitse Cassper Nyovest ft. Riky Ricky
Sidlukotini Riky Rick
Ameni Miss Pru
War Ready Cassper Nyovest
YippiKayay Reason ft.AKA and Khuli Chana
More Stilo Magolide
Mr. Madumane Cassper Nyovest
Jump Anatii ft. Cassper Nyovest and Nasty C
Fuseg Riky Rick ft. Cassper Nyovest and Anatii
BEST GRAFFITI RIOT
MARS
TAPZ
BEST LOCAL BRAND Butan
Two Bop
GALXBOY
Ama Kip Kip
Cassper Nyovest
BEST INTERNATIONAL BRAND PowerPlay
Castle Lite
Redd’s
Absolute vodka
Red Bull
PROMOTER OF THE YEAR Pop Bottles
Major League Gardens
Authentic Sunday
Sneaker Exchange
Maftown Heights
MILESTONE Fill Up The Dome Cassper Nyovest
BEST DIGITAL SALES Gold Album + Gold Single Kwesta
Double Platinum Album Cassper Nyovest
Platinum Album – Avery Emtee
BEST REMIX Ambitions Remix Tweezy ft. Khuli Chana & Ice Prince
Roll Up (Re-Up) Emtee ft. AKA and Wizkid
Baddest Remix AKA ft. Fifi Cooper, Rouge, NoMoozlie & Gigi LaMayne
Now Or Never Remix DJ Switch ft. Various Artists
Juice Back Remix Nasty C ft. Davido &Cassper Nyovest
MOST VALUABLE Cassper Nyovest
AKA
Riky Rick
Khuli Chana
Kwesta
BEST HIP HOP RADIO SHOW The Hip Hop Floor YFM
The Stir Up 5FM
Namba-Namba UKHOZI FM
The Ready D Show Good Hope FM
Headwarmaz Bush Radio
The Mixtape Alex FM
Hip Hop Corner NW FM
Hip Hop Culture Ligwalagwala FM
The Fresh Cut Gagasi FM
The Capital Rap Up Cliff Central
KINGS OF PROVINCES KING OF MP Thabs Tha Acid
Fortune Ntekati
Marvin Straight
KING OF WP Lolli Dekeni
Zanzolo Uzwi Kantu
Emile Y?X
KING OF LIMPOPO Hip Hop Live SA
Nema Wama Hunguni
DJ Chocos
KING OF EC Yahkeem Ben Israel
Trusenz
Snesh Nota
KING OF NW Amos Ofentse Tapile
DJ Lemonka
Thabiso “Lunchboy”Tshabalala
KING OF FS Thabo Tsasane
Psykonik
Ba2cada
KING OF NC DJ Speedy V
Snowy Maine
King Kyla
KING OF KZN DJ Feel
Junior De Rocka
Lindo Prowjekt Thwala
KING OF GP Spoken Priestess
Enzo
Major League DJz

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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.

THE ENDING

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.

Midnight Mass

“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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