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Has South African Hip Hop overdosed on Nostalgia?

by: Precious Ngwenya - 17 October 2018

Has South African Hip Hop overdosed on Nostalgia?

When an ode is getting a bit old We can agree that nostalgia gave us some of the best hip hop songs in South Africa. When KO said ‘ Mina uk’jaiva ngak’qala ngingaka’ we felt that; maybe because we were hearing it for the second time. Was it really KO or were we just homesick...

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Getting close and personal with Gigi Lamayne

by: Tshituku Ndadza - 8 October 2018

Getting close and personal with Gigi Lamayne

Get to know a different side to the hip-hop artist It is a chilled day in the office and I am looking forward to an interview with Gigi Lamayne. After a few hours of waiting, she finally arrives with her road manager. She is dressed in a black and red t-shirt dress with red shades....

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Women of hip hop make Herstory

by: Mamaputle Boikanyo - 10 September 2018

Women of hip hop make Herstory

Talking hip hop and women with Lee Kasumba “In a few years when people flashback and look at what were people talking about and what was important, the Hip Hop Herstory will be a part of this particular generation’s [story] and [it will be] adding to the fact that women have always been here, they’ve...

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Top Five Fridays: Songs by South African female Hip Hop artists

by: Terry Simelane-Mathabathe - 7 September 2018

Top Five Fridays: Songs by South African female Hip Hop artists

We list the Top Five songs by female hip hop artists in SA The Castle Lite Hip Hop Herstory concert is upon us. Our herstory has come from the time of Thembi Seete and Godessa to the new era of Rouge and Nadia Nakai. To celebrate the women in SA hip hop, we have decided...

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A Tribute to ProKid: We celebrate the life of the Hip Hop Legend through his music

by: Terry Simelane-Mathabathe - 10 August 2018

A Tribute to ProKid: We celebrate the life of the Hip Hop Legend through his music

The 8th of August 2018 marked one of saddest days for SA hip hop as the industry lost one of its most iconic giants. Hip Hop legend, ProKid died on Wednesday night after suffering a severe seizure. The Soweto musician and rap artist was known for being one of hip hop’s most skilled lyricists and...

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5 Reasons why Cassper Nyovest’s #FillUpFNBStadium concert was a success

by: Lilita Gcwabe - 5 December 2017

5 Reasons why Cassper Nyovest’s  #FillUpFNBStadium concert was a success

Although Cassper didn’t fill up the FNB Stadium to its full capacity, it would be unreasonable to believe the concert was unsuccessful. With a target of 75 000 people to attend, an amazing number of 68 000 tickets were sold. On the 2nd of December 2017, we were stunned and inspired by Cassper’s relentless ambition...

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Champagne 69 for the pain

by: Sandile Ngwenya - 19 October 2017

Champagne 69 for the pain

Champagne69 is probably the coolest thing to happen to South African Hip-hop this year. The duo from Midrand, whose real names are Siyanda ‘Siyangena69’ Mdledle and William ‘Willestilios’ Nkuna have been causing mass hysteria everywhere they go, from concerts to street culture festivals. ”We are just two creative black guys hustling, bringing the wave to...

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Shane Eagle’s career takes flight

by: Cole Ndelu - 4 October 2017

Shane Eagle’s career takes flight

The rapper describes himself as “Revolutionary and a game changer.” Big talk, especially from someone who only has one album. The question is, can he really back it up? It has been about 2 years since his appearance on The Hustle, and a lot has happened. He joined JR’s record label, and then swiftly left....

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Remembering the iconic Hip-Hop crew Prophets of da City

by: admin - 15 August 2017

Remembering the iconic Hip-Hop crew Prophets of da City

Before there was Skwatta Kamp or even the long-forgotten Entity, there was a Cape Town based crew called Prophet of da City. In celebrations of 44 years of hip-hop, we remember one of the most iconic hip-hop groups that have come out of South Africa. The 8-man crew established in 1988 featured legends such as...

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4 music videos that show the realities of everyday South Africa

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 18 May 2017

4 music videos that show the realities of everyday South Africa

A lot is going on in South Africa, and some musicians are expressing their opinions on it. Below is a list of music videos that are reflective of the lived realities of South Africans – from sexual harassment in public transport, crime in townships, and the state of our government. Mashayabhuqe KaMamba – “KwaDukuza” The “KwaDukuza”...

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