Lil Wayne’s Influence on South African Hip-Hop

On the 10th anniversary of Lil Wayne's Tha Carter III album, we look at its impact on SA hip-hop.

In 2015, I interviewed Tumi Molekane, the rapper now known as Stogie T, about his second solo album, the stellar Return of the King.

I asked him about songs from the album such as "In Defense of my Art," "Visa" and "Broke People," in which he chose "radio-friendly" production, with 808s and all. I asked if he was making a concession to appeal to younger fans.

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Riky Rick. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Why Do We Act Shocked When Rappers Live Up To Their Lyrics?

Either we are not listening, or we don't take rap or rappers seriously.

South African rapper Stogie T got dragged on Twitter last week Tuesday for a "mean" tweet. The rapper tweeted, "Young dude stopped me by the car, said 'wanna hear the bars,' nah go get a job." Twitter wasn't pleased. Other users wrote T off immediately, and expressed how they missed the old Tumi of The Volume. A few blasphemers even called him a trash rapper… *laughs in "Going Gorilla*

Later, T tweeted that the previous tweet was actually an excerpt from a verse (from a song he would go on to release later), which quelled a few Twitter users' anger, while others claimed he was just trying to do some damage control.

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Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

This Is Why Stogie T Can’t Be Labeled A Bitter South African Hip-Hop OG

"There's no space for nuance in this social media era."

South African veteran rapper Stogie T—also known as Tumi Molekane—is a bitter OG according to South African hip-hop fans, some of whom may be familiar with his work as a solo artist, or with his now-defunct band The Volume.

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