Watch Shane Eagle and Fred Mercury’s Perverse Short Film ‘ Vertigo’

You were never ready for that ending. *gags*

Fred Mercury, the former editor of South Africa's longest running hip-hop print publication, Hype, recently released a short film titled Vertigo. The film, which is approximately seven minutes long, features the rapper Shane Eagle.


Without giving it away, Vertigo portrays a life of hedonism among young people—you know, turning up in the club with bottles, strippers, going home with a stranger, and having all your bad decisions looking you straight in the eye the morning after.

Read: "I'm Not the J.Cole of South Africa, I'm the Shane Eagle of the World"

Fred is the protagonist in the film, with Shane playing the supporting role. The movie is satiric with beautiful, dark, twisted humor #noKanye. And the ending is guaranteed to have you laughing your lungs out... in disgust (we won't spoil it for you).

Vertigo is part of Fred's virtual multimedia exhibition called #thinkingoutloud, which is ongoing on this Tumblr page.

Earlier this week, we posted an autobiographical documentary, Keys Open Doors, in which Fred shares his life in hip-hop. The doccie was the intro to #thinkingoutloud.

Watch Vertigo below, and follow Fred Mercury on Twitter.

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Interview: Ranks ATM Makes ‘Substance Music’

South African hip-hop artist Ranks ATM on his latest EP 'Substance Music', working with Riky Rick and his crew African Trap Movement's new chapter.

Ranks ATM demands to be taken seriously. With every successive release, listeners are bound to pick up on both his personal and artistic growth. His latest EP, Substance Music, released towards the end of 2020, is an honest body of work that sees the artist divulge some aspects of his life while remaining playful and entertaining.

Young2unn, who produced a majority of the project, gave Ranks ATM beats that primarily consist of keys and strings cushioned by atmospheric pads and ethereal vocal samples panned for effect. The music is soulful enough for Ranks to tell his story and gritty enough to maintain his street aesthetic.

On Substance Music, the artist strikes the balance between playful banter and poignant expression of emotions. It's what makes his raps believable in general—he presents himself as a complete human who feels pain at times but also feels himself. Songs such as "Die For Me" and "How Could It Be" are laced with specific details that could have only been extracted from his life experiences, for instance, on the former, he raps, "You cheated on me with a gym freak, you did me dirty."

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