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: Oumou Sangaré Proves Why She's the Songbird of Wassoulou

We caught up with the Malian singer to talk about her new Acoustic album, longevity as an artist, and growing up in Mali.

When Oumou Sangaré tells me freedom is at her core, I am not surprised. If you listen to her discography, you'll be hard-pressed to find a song that doesn't center or in some way touch on women's rights or child abuse. The Grammy award-winning Malian singer has spent a significant part of her career using her voice to fight for the rights of women across Africa and the world, a testimony to this is her naming her debut studio album Moussolou, meaning Woman. The album, a pure masterpiece that solidified Oumou's place amongst the greats and earned her the name 'Songbird of Wassoulou,' was a commercial success selling over 250,000 records in Africa and would in turn go on to inspire other singers across the world.

On her latest body of work Acoustic, a reworking of her critically acclaimed 2017 album Mogoya, Oumou Sangaré proves how and why she earned her accolades. The entirety of the 11-track album was recorded within two days in the Midi Live studio in Villetaneuse in 'live' conditions—with no amplification, no retakes or overdubs, no headphones. Throughout the album, using her powerful and raw voice that has come to define feminism in Africa and shaped opinions across the continent, Oumou boldly addresses themes like loss, polygamy and female circumcision.

We caught up with the Malian singer at the studio she is staying while in quarantine to talk about her new album, longevity as an artist, and growing up in Mali.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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