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10 Most Explosive South African Celebrity Beefs of 2020

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South African celebrities don’t miss a beat when it comes to reading each other for filth. And not even the global pandemic stopped a couple of our faves from engaging in some good ol’ mudslinging.

Beefing regulars AKA, Cassper, Prince Kaybee, and more showed up as expected to drag each other on social media, bringing their private mess on the timelines for all to witness.

For starters, it’s quite clear that the culture is worn out by the AKA vs. Cassper beef, but the two reached new lows when parents were dragged into one of their explosive Twitter rows. In March this year, they did what they know keeps them in the headlines, but it’s now “draining to the culture”, Riky Rick opined. They must dead it.

DJ Speedsta and Nasty C went for each other on multiple occasions, while the ‘God Flow’ rapper and A-Reece had one of the weirdest non-beefs of all time. DJ Maphorisa, Prince Kaybee and more, also made quite a splash on the list of the year’s most talked-about South African celebrity beefs.

Here’s the roundup of the Top 10;

CASSPER VS. AKA

The beef is old and boring. It’s also profitable and keeps both rappers in the hot topics, so they aren’t letting it rest that easily. But in March this year, their occasional squabbles reached a new low that left a sour taste in everyone’s mouth.

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

What started with AKA sliding in Cassper’s DMs, where he left a litany of profanities, devolved into a bizarre spectacle of back to back insults. Each one more vicious than the previous. The rapper challenged Cassper to a boxing match and followed it with some nasty comments.

Somebody please tell and tag Tsibip That his father is a deadbeat dad for allowing him to drop out of high school “, he tweeted. Adding “And his mother is just as bad for allowing it. #signthecontract …. immediately. (sic)”

By May, the likes of Riky Rick, Ms. Cosmo, and more had been speaking out on how this beef is now draining to the culture. “It might exciting for Twitter but behind the scenes, it’s something most rappers keep quiet on because it’s draining the life out of the culture”, he said. We are hoping to never have to talk about this never-ending oversupply of silliness.

DJ SPEEDSTA VS NASTY C

Hands down, Nasty C was one of the most talked-about rappers in 2020.

It’s not without reason; this year, the 23-year-old Durban native delighted his fans with an EP and the long-awaited Zulu Man With Some Power album. What’s more, he inked a record deal with Def Jam, marking inroads into the much-coveted global market.

But outside the music, he’s also made headlines for a few fallouts in the industry. The most prominent of these is his beef with DJ Speedsta. In April, the two butted heads over the ownership of Nasty C’s 2016 single ‘Bamm Bamm’.

Their strife escalated into a bitter Twitter squabble after Speedsta had claimed the song was initially his. Nasty C didn’t take too kindly to the claim and slammed the famed hit producer for not being truthful.

By September, their dispute had devolved into a full-blown beef, with disses flying all over interviews and on Twitter.

We are guessing these two won’t be dropping a surprise December collaboration then.

NAAK MUSIQ VS PRINCE KAYBEE

In many ways, Naak Musiq and Prince Kaybee are quite similar.

They both make hits, love working out, and aren’t shy about showing off their ripped bodies all the time and whenever they get a chance. They also love collecting luxury sports cars and flaunting that on their social media platforms. But in September this year, just before Naak lost his Twitter account to a massive hack, they exchanged some harsh words.

It all started when Prince Kaybee threw shade at Naak’s latest SUV, IOL reported. A video with the SUV struggling to surmount a steep road hill led Kaybee to tweet, “BMW engineering is k*k like k*kmusiq”

To cut a long story about a hectic, random twar short, it ended with Naak threatening to beat Prince Kaybee up. Black Coffee and DJ Tira had to intervene. The end.

BIG HASH VS. J MOLLEY

New school SA rappers Big Hash and J Molley shook the table with their diss tracks this year. It’s rather sad they haven’t continued staying on the radar as much since then.

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

This beef might have led to a record for the fastest a public apology came out of AKA’s mouth. But after the two bickered back and forth for a day, both AKA and Riky Rick came back on Twitter to humbly apologize.

To dish out a quick summary, here’s how it all happened: Sizwe slammed AKA’s approach to business after the rapper had publicized his strife with a sportswear brand he’d been endorsing for allegedly close to nothing in actual revenue.

Days later, AKA came back with some disses. They both had an exchange. Where things went downhill is when AKA posed a question that dragged Sizwe’s family into the fray.

In a tweet that has since been deleted, Dhlomo expressed that time for Twitter had ended right there. We were never furnished with the details of how AKA and Riky Rick, who’d also weighed in on Sizwe’s ‘undue’ involvement in Hip Hop, ended up apologising almost at the same time.

BLACK COFFEE VS. PRINCE KAYBEE

Black Coffee may have conquered the world, but he really hasn’t lost an ounce of his ability to throw the occasional shade. He put a few of his spicy ways on display in May, when he came for Prince Kaybee.

It happened after Kaybee tweeted about “local celebrities” always falling for the same trap of trying to sound all-wise. That’s when the Ibiza resident pounced; “Here’s a question without the “urge of sounding intelligent “…..are you a celebrity?”

All hell broke loose.

Black Coffee hit him with the dreaded “OK”, and kept it moving.

DJ MAPHORISA VS. PRINCE KAYBEE

Between Porry and Kaybee, who has sold more records? Who has amassed bigger streaming numbers? Who has a bigger career? Who’s better? All these questions were at the centre of their twar in September.

DJ Maphorisa and Prince Kaybee

Porry had all day to be petty. When Kanye West took on Universal music over his masters, the hitmaker took on local artists over the same matter. He lambasted the likes of Lady Zamar and Mafikizolo for not owning their masters. He also took the time to tease Prince Kaybee, who we know is always ready to fire back.

NASTY VS. A-REECE

Long before Nasty C dropped Zulu Man With Some Power, A Reece gave us Sotho Man With Some Power. Well, at least for a few minutes before the rapper’s team petitioned Apple to take the record, which consisted of his existing catalogue, off the streaming platform.

Later that night, Reece confirmed that the shady upload was the scheme of an external party who sought to stir up the waters. Whoever that was, he was successful in shaking up the internet and triggering a reaction out of Nasty C. “Sad, sad, sad, sad”, the rapper wrote in a tweet that has since been deleted.

While neither Reece nor Nasty have ever fired any direct shots at each other, it’s clear the industry has pitted them against each as arch-rivals, and stans love nothing more than fuelling fires of a potential beef.

SIZWE DHLOMO VS VUSI THEMBEKWAYO

Successful entrepreneurs Sizwe Dhlomo and Vusi Thembekwayo are both known for dishing occasional advice about life and business. They are both known for calling a thing a thing, and have had to live with wild perceptions that they are arrogant.

So their nasty twar in August came as a bit of a surprise, particularly because of how it went left. The two were in a back and forth about how they acquired wealth when Vusi Thembekwayo posted a screenshot of an old tabloid troll headline about Sizwe having ‘beat up his gay lover.’

As he should, Thembekwayo was dragged for the homophobic undertone in his charge. Fortunately, he later apologized.

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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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