His real name is Steve Dang, affectionately known to his fans as Yung Swiss and he’s on a meteoric rise to stardom in Mzansi’s hip hop industry. The Cameroonian-born rapper first lit up the airwaves with the track I Love It featuring rapper Reason. He cemented his name among the youngins to look out for when he dropped the smash David Genaro last year, a tribute to the malevolent character from the soap opera Rhythm City. We roped in the rapper from Rossetenville to discuss his entry into the music industry, his musical background and what he attributes his early success to.
QuenchSA: What inspired the stage name Yung Swiss?
Yung Swiss: Well…when I was growing up things were very tough with my dad and when I left the house I was going through a lot of stuff. I reached the point where the only time I was ever happy or myself was when I was under some substance. Swiss stand for Stressed When I’m Strapped or Sober – an acronym I came up with when I start rapping. The Yung is because the dream has always been to stay young forever.
QuenchSA: You had differing visions for your future with your father. Why was that the case?
Yung Swiss: He had a vision for me that I didn’t have for myself. But because I was gifted at soccer, he thought maybe that was the way out. I had a different vision, I wanted to do music, it has always been my first love… I loved music way more than soccer.
QuenchSA: When did you realize that music is what you wanted to do for a living?
Yung Swiss: I was in grade 10 in class with my best friend at the time and I took his book and found lyrics instead of school work… That kind of inspired me. At first it was a hobby, something I did in my spare time. Eventually I fell in love with it when I started recording in 2010 when I got my own computer and started making my own music. Obviously it was hard at first, then I met PlayGround production and things started flowing from there, did my first feature with Reason I Love It which opened up a few doors and then I dropped David Genaro and Rhythm City made it their soundtrack, things started popping off from there.
QuenchSA: The come-up is always characterized by many hardships and breakthroughs. How did you manage to overcome all the gatekeepers?
Yung Swiss: It’s a matter of consistency, you just have to tell yourself that this one thing is going to happen for you and eventually it will happen. You don’t have to let hardships get in the way of you making it…its something I always knew it was going to happen for for me. I feel like the hardships actually helped me to become the person that I am today because I feel like the hardships build your character. Even the fact that people closed doors on me I told myself that no one owes me anything, you build your own success. From the time I left my father’s house I never stopped working. I guess that’s what got me here.
QuenchSA: Your EP Bottom Baby featured some of Mzansi’s hip hop heavyweights. How did you manage that on your first project?
Yung Swiss: The EP features Astryd Brown, Nadia Nakai, KO and Stanley Enow. Astryd is my label-mate so that was easy. I’ve been working with Nadia Nakai ever since she started working with Family Tree. She records at my studio and we’ve been very good friends. Plus I needed her influence on my EP so I asked her for a verse. I met KO through the Cashtime Life management team when they offered me a deal last year. Things didn’t go according to plan but we kept a good relationship. Since he heard the music he’s been willing to work. Stanley Enow is like the biggest artist in Central Africa so I’ve always wanted to work with him.
QuenchSA: Your versatility is quite evident throughout your EP. What comes more naturally, singing or rapping?
Yung Swiss: For me I don’t find music hard at all, everything is simple. I actually get driven by the beat and also my mood on the day. Sometimes I wake up and I’m in my feelings and I feel like spitting some emotional stuff and sometimes I want to Trap…I feel like its a gift, I can’t really say I’m better when I rap but obviously the fans have their preference.
QuenchSA: Your album is on its second month. What did you think of its reception?
Yung Swiss: The reception has been crazy, I didn’t expect it. A lot of people I haven’t seen a negative comment yet and people are already requesting videos so its going to be a great year.
QuenchSA: Your collaboration extend beyond SA borders. Is that the long term strategy?
Yung Swiss: Definitely! The plan is to actually get out of the continent. The plan for this year is to make as many international collaborations as possible because we don’t want to box ourselves at PlayGround Production. Obviously I want to start in Africa and work with people like Burna Boy, Wiz Kid and Davido and then hopefully we can stretch out to the world.
QuenchSA: Mayo was a great fusion of talent and different musical backgrounds. how did that come about?
Yung Swiss: The genius behind Mayo was Speedsta, I worked with Speedsta on the David Genaro Remix we did and from there we became good friends. I got the beat from Gemini Major and did that Mayo chorus. It was actually a freestyle and I didn’t know it was going to be this big. Sent it to Speedsta and he put it together. He told me he didn’t want to go with the more established artists, he wanted it to be a talent thing. So he reached out to the talented kids, he reached out to Tellaman, Shane Eagles and Frank Casino.
QuenchSA: The chorus on Mayo was a freestyle. Do you write any of your material?
Yung Swiss: No! Actually I don’t write on paper or script. I think of 8 bars and then go into the studio. I feel like the moment you start writing you loose the flow. It’s always like a moment thing.
QuenchSA: Which artist are you currently listening to?
Yung Swiss: To be real, its really hard to impress me when it comes to music…I like songs like Dreamworks by AKA, I like the one song from A-Reece‘s album Run Around Jozi and I like the joint that Nasty C just dropped Golden.
QuenchSA: What can we expect from Yung Swiss in 2017?
Yung Swiss: I’m trying not to feature on many people, I’m trying to be exclusive. Even though a lot of people are hitting me up, I’m being very selective of who I’m working with. For my own stuff I’m dropping a video for the single Jungle featuring KO, I’m already working on the album, hoping to drop it around August this year. But you can expect a feature with Nomuzi, a track with Major League so its going to be a crazy year.
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.