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5 Biggest Mzansi Celebrity Beefs in 2020

They can’t stand each other.

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South African celebrities often preach unity and the mission to elevate the local creative industry. But it doesn’t look like as all of them get along as we’d collectively wish they did.

Black Coffee and Prince Kaybee are both fire on the decks and have each produced some of the biggest street anthems we’ve ever known, but that doesn’t necessarily mean we should be expecting a collaborative summer hit from both of them.

Far from it, in actual fact. The house music maestros recently publicly shaded each other in what has become the latest public feud involving famous persons from the top rank of local pop culture.

Though, it isn’t as if their bitter exchange functioned outside the norm. AKA and Cassper Nyovest have sustained a beef that might or might not have overstayed it’s welcome. Both Riky Rick and Ms Cosmo have lamented the feud’s detrimental presence in the culture, slamming it as “draining” and “exhausting to the game.”

The two have been beefing on and off for the better chunk of the previous decade. Although both insanely successful in their lanes, it’s starting to seem like neither AKA or Cassper Nyovest can go several weeks without tossing random shade at each other. Their beef has been touted as Africa’s most profitable though, so it might not serve either well to plead for a truce.

After all, records need to be sold and relevance must be maintained. And with the two of them outdoing each other with splashy press announcements of fresh projects every other month, a little bit of publicity revolving around their nasty spat is essential to drive the bottom line.

Though, their feuding ways aren’t just reserved for each other. We know Cassper isn’t on good terms with Riky Rick and Prince Kaybee. For a good few years, Cassper and Riky weren’t inseparable. But, a few collaborative projects later, the two raised eyebrows when some subtle mudslinging surfaced.

To the shock of the multitudes, Cassper’s absence on the performer line-up of Riky’s Cotton On Festival was pretty loud. Up until that point, he’d been a constant feature at Cassper Fill Up movement. How the hell had AKA, instead of AKA, on the line-up?

We also know that AKA isn’t sending lovely texts to Sizwe Dhlomo, Prince Kaybee and DJ Maphorisa aren’t in a group chat and the young rappers are contributing their bit to the dissing culture.

NASTY C VS. A-REECE

While the two are often compared, they’ve seldom acquiesced to the commercial seductions of capitalizing on their rivalry to sell records. Both aged 23 with the lyrical currency to rap cats twice their age under the table, it’s not hard to see why Nasty C and A-Reece are often pitted against each other.

But in April this year, A-Reece sparked fresh beef chatter when Sotho Man With Some Power surfaced on streaming platforms. The project, which assembled some of Reece’s finest works, dropped out of the blue on Apple Music on Friday, April 17th.

Where things got spicy is over the fact that Nasty’s looming third studio album is titled Zulu Man With Some Power. The drop was taken by fans to be a subliminal message to Nasty C.

And after Nasty C remarked on Twitter that the situation was “sad sad sad sad sad”, A-Reece’s legal team issued a statement denying any involvement with the drop, and explained that it has been the work of a dusty third party. In simpler terms, A-Reece’s team knew nothing about the Apple music publishing of Sotho Man With Some Power.

To this date, the whole thing remains a sketchy mystery.

THE BIG HASH VS. J MOLLEY

When the two engaged each other in some mudslinging in April this year, their beef generated enough buzz to spark a conversation about the future of new school Hip Hop in South Africa. After all, not many beefs had managed to move the streets outside of the default AKA vs. Cassper.

The Big Hash vs. J Molley beef is believed to have started when the Big Hash dished the first shot on a song called ‘I’m Sorry’.

The song, which surfaced on the rapper’s Soundcloud “Carried a coffin big enough to carry Mooz’ and Molley. That’s no disrespect to anyone if you are offended, sorry!” . The track is taken from Hash’s EP, Life + Times.

J Molley hit back with a lethal retort. Pallbearer (The Big Hash Diss) charged towards The Big Hash, taking him from several angles. Their back and forth went on for a while, and they’ve yet to reconcile their differences.  

AKA VS. SIZWE DHLOMO

The genesis of their strife remains a mystery, but the end of it proved a few points. What started out as the usual back and forth chatter on Twitter ended with multiple apologies that sparked a frenzy on Twitter. Is Sizwe Dhlomo really this powerful?

Last month, two of the most outspoken South African celebrities took each other on over Twitter.

It all started when AKA publicized the fallout between him and sportswear brand PUMA, claiming that he hadn’t been paid as hoped for his ambassadorship of the SNEAKA sneaker line.

Right on brand, Sizwe wasted no time in keeping it real about his assessment of the situation. AKA, he opined, had not made the best business decisions.

AKA hit back, targeting the culture commentator’s bootleg wearing ways.

Where things escalated, however, is when AKA questioned the history of the Dhlomo family, alluding that Dhlomo’s grandfather could have been an apartheid spy.

It ended it tears.

Both AKA and Riky Rick, who’d criticized Dhlomo over his comments, shared heartfelt apologies and looked like they meant it. Yikes!

BLACK COFFEE VS. PRINCE KAYBEE

Black Coffee and Prince Kaybee have a lot in common. They are some of the country’s most respected House music producers and DJs. They both boast sprawling catalogs and know what it’s like to have summer anthems back to back for a few years.

What’s more, however, is their shared experience with feuding publicly. Black Coffee has beefed with AKA, and at one point slapped the rapper’s road manager onstage during a heated confrontation. Prince Kaybee has fought with a long list, including Cassper Nyovest, DJ Maphorisa, TNS and Msaki.

The latest in their list of public daggers came last week when they exchanged jabs on the Twitter. Prince Kaybee had tweeted, “The problem is that celebrities fall for the same trap all the time, ‘the urge to sound wise’. You watch a few youtube videos you (sic) wanna sound intelligent. Carry on, you will meet your maker. (sic)”. 

Black Coffee came through, and asked “Here’s a question without the “urge of sounding intelligent “…..are you a celebrity?”

Things devolved further from there. It was just oh so nasty and oh so rude.

DJ MAPHORISA VS. PRINCE KAYBEE

Apart from being hit machines, these two sure know how to throw shade when least expected. DJ Maphorisa has beefed with Black Coffee, Lady Zamar, Cassper Nyovest (now happily re-friended), and all of you who joked that he was keeping Kabza De Small up beyond his sleep times.

DJ Maphorisa and Prince Kaybee

Prince Kaybee appears twice in this list because he’s no stranger to beefs.

So it was only a matter of time before these two bumped heads. In February, the house music DJ’s took each other on over who has the most hits, streams, chart success, money… and so on and so forth.

RELATED: DJ MAPHORISA & PRINCE KAYBEE’S TWAR OF BIG EGOS 

It started when DJ Maphorisa shaded local artists for not owning masters to their music, blasting the likes of Prince Kaybee, Lady Zamar, and Mafikizolo for sleeping on the real bag. Prince Kaybee hit back and the two spent days publishing receipts of their commercial success.

AKA VS. CASSPER

The list wouldn’t be complete without the biggest celebrity beef in Africa. The rappers have been feuding for so long that one can hardly be mentioned without the other.

AKA and Cassper's beef makes it to 2020 as AKA challenges Cassper Nyovest to a boxing match on Twitter

And it’s not just beef tracks, which came and went. Their beef reached new levels in 2018 when their beef drove sales for the vodka international brands they represent. Fans bought in and took side, claiming allegiance to a vodka brand aligned with their fave.

RELATED: AKA AND CASSPER’S BEEF REACHES NEW LOWS 

This year though, AKA and Cassper’s beef reached new lows when AKA brandished threats and started insulting Cassper’s parents. He drew criticism from both fans and his peers.

Riky Rick has slammed the beef. “It might exciting for twitter but behind the scenes its something most rappers keep quiet on because its draining the life out of the culture”, he tweeted.

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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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