2019 was a rather quiet year for Hip Hop in South Africa.
Amapiano had risen to take its place in the mainstream, triggering debates about the future of the genre’s future social capital in the culture. Things might change this year, however, as some of the most established incumbents are working on their latest projects. Here’s 5 everyone is waiting for.
Considering how much he’s already achieved in his career, it’s hard to believe that Nasty C only just recently turned 23!
It isn’t just the accolades we are alluding to, though. It’s also not just the unprecedented commercial success, the legions of young fans who are devoted to him, or even the fact that he’s now hanging out with the likes of Da Baby and Post Malone.
The latter has, of course, sparked much speculation about possible international features in his forthcoming album.
It’s really the richly layered reflections on life that he is able to deliver with confidence, vulnerability and the linguistic virtuosity that makes his bars so potent. It’s the storytelling, the lyrical swell, the catchy hooks and the flow that blows.
Following the success of his 2017 album Strings & Bling, which spawned a slew of hits including SMA with Rowlene, Nasty C is getting ready for the release of his third studio album, Zulu Man With Some Power.
Nasty C recently revealed that he’s trimmed 47 and shortlisted a perfect 16 for the project. He also shared that the album will be divided into four sections.
The fact that the South African music industry is more receptive to female rappers now more than ever, is part of Rouge’s legacy.
While we dread having to bring up the whole ‘female rappers’ thing every time we mention a female rapper, which itself can sometimes function to create a false narrative of female rappers as mere constant spin-offs to a male default, it’s still worth noting that her contributions to the game have elevated it not just for her, but also the ones on the come up.
Since the release of her 2017 album, New Era Sessions, the rapper has shown no signs of slowing down her tempo. On the contrary, she’s now focused on refining her live performances so that they are levels above the sometimes messy pacing we get from rappers onstage.
Working with her ‘Rouge Unit’ dance team for some high energy choreography, the Dololo hitmaker now delivers dope routines both for her live performances and videos.
We also love the fact that she’s focusing on being conceptual in how she presents her work, which has informed the school uniform costumes and set for her Popular music video.
With her stripes earned, it’s no wonder she declared herself as the best female rapper in South Africa last year! And the Mbongo Zaka rapper is prepping the release of ‘One by One’, her highly anticipated collaborative joint with AKA. The track is slated for release on Friday, February 28th.
Wednesday, February 26th marks exactly four years since the rapper’s hit album, Da Kar II, was released. The album came out on this day in 2014, and changed not only the trajectory of Kwesta’s career, but also the landscape of the South African Hip Hop scene.
The Katlehong, Johannesburg east native, who’d already been pushing the hustle for 10 years prior to the encounter with his big break, delivered a slew of street anthem and chart toppers back to back. The 11-track magnum opus was certified Diamond by the Recording Industry of South Africa, becoming the first to achieve the feat.
Da Kar featured major hits, such as Ngud, Mayibabo and Ngiyazifela, all which were certified platinum.
Since the album, however, Kwesta’s ascension has continued. He’s released tracks featured international rappers Wale (Spirit), and Rick Ross. He also achieved significant success with more recent releases, such as Vur Vai and Khethile Khethile.
After diversifying his discography by dabbling in amapiano over the last couple of years, Nyovest has been able to maintain his stead as one of the biggest figures in contemporary South African pop culture.
He’d triumphantly churned out three studio albums when in 2018, Cassper returned to his kwaito roots on Short & Sweet.
The album delivered a nostalgic kwaito flavour at the same time Cassper began working with the likes of DJ Sumbody on Monate Mpolaye.
And due to the influence of kwaito on amapiano, he was able to seamlessly carry the vibe on amapiano collaborative deliveries with the same energy that attended to Remote Control.
More recently, he’s been working with amapiano dab hands DJ Maphorisa and Kabza De Small on several projects, most notably for several features on their latest joint album.
Cassper Nyovest has his eyes on saving SA Hip Hop from what some fear to be a plunge in relevance in his forthcoming fifth album. The first single, Good For That, has already been making waves.
AKA is one of the most fascinating figures in the culture. If it’s not for his music, people are completely immersed in the texture of his personal life. And if not, he’s trending on Twitter because a TMZ style clip of him with a rumoured lover.
Notwithstanding the manner in which he is always splashed across the tabloids thanks to the frenzy that often attends to him, there’s no doubt that the rapper has played a superior role in shaping the current landscape in music.
We know that his double platinum selling third album, Touch My Blood, won’t really be his last. He ‘fessed up to having lied about the early retirement himself. What’s more, 2019 proved to be a busy year in AKA’s musical career.
He released Main Ous with Youngsta CPT, satiating long-standing demands for a collaboration between the rappers. The visuals for the song also found AKA showing some love to the streets of Cape Town, his hometown. Interestingly, up until that point, that sight had been quite rare.
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Supamega also debuted F.R.E.E with Riky Rick and DJ Tira, and later appeared on Costa Titch’s Nkalakatha Remix.
As part of his promotional strategy to keep fans excited about his 4th album, the Fela in Versace hitmaker has been sharing teasers of some of the new music on his social media. It’s also worth a mention that an insider from his record label did reveal to me that the next album might just be his best yet.
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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.