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Channel O's 'Video Of The Year' Winner Cassper Nyovest Releases New Diss Track, 'Beef'

Download Channel O Awards 'Video Of The Year' winner Cassper Nyovest's new diss track, "Beef."


South African Mafikeng rapper Cassper Nyovest cleaned up over that weekend at the Channel O Africa Music Video Awards, held Saturday at the Nasrec Indoor Expo Centre in Johannesburg. Nyovest, who officially went gold in SA (selling 20,000+ copies) last month for his debut album Tsholofelo, took home three awards-- for most gifted male artist, most gifted Southern African artist and most gifted video of the year (for "Doc Shebeleza"). But even prior to the award show, Nyovest made headlines for releasing a new track on Thursday, his latest since teaming with Talib Kweli on the "Doc Shebeleza Remix" (more on that to come later in the week via Okayafrica TV). "Beef," which opens with a soundbite of Samuel L. Jackson's iconic "English, Motherfucker, do you speak it" scene from Pulp Fiction, is a not-so-subtle memo to Nyovest's fellow SA heavyweight AKA. Listen to it below.

>>>Download: Cassper Nyovest's New Track, "Beef"

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Interview: How Stogie T’s ‘Freestyle Friday’ Became a TV Show

Freestyle Friday started as lockdown content but is now a fully-fledged TV show on Channel O. In this interview, Stogie T breaks down why the show is revolutionary and talks about venturing into media.

When South Africa was put under a hard lockdown in 2020, Stogie T started Freestyle Friday to "make SA rap again." Freestyle Friday, hosted on Instagram, saw a different cohort of rappers each rap over the same beat picked by the veteran rapper. From niche and emerging rappers to some of the most notable names in South African hip-hop—the likes of AKA, Focalistic, Ginger Trill and several others all participated.

In the last few weeks, however, Freestyle Friday has found its way to cable TV. The show airs every Friday on Channel O, one of the continent's longest-running music TV channels. Freestyle Friday as a TV programme isn't just about freestyles, it's about the art of rapping and the music business, particularly SA hip-hop. Guests range from lyricists to record executives and other personalities aligned with the scene—Ninel Musson and Ms Cosmo for instance.

But Freestyle Friday is only the first media product Stogie T is working on as he is in the process of starting a podcast network, a venture in which he is collaborating with Culture Capital. In the Q&A below, Stogie T breaks down the relationship with Culture Capital, how the show moved from the internet to TV, why it's a revolutionary idea, touches on his venture into media and his future plans.

This interview has been edited for clarity and length.

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