Gigi Lamayne Shares Fitting Visuals for Her Street-Centric Single ‘Jou Stad’

Watch Gigi Lamayne's music video for 'Jou Stad' featuring 25K and YoungstaCPT.

Gigi Lamayne's latest single is "Jou Stad," a song that's rooted in the culture of repping your city through raps. The song comes with a catchy hook that makes it a potential street anthem.


In the video for "Jou Stad," each rapper's performance scene was filmed in their hood—Gigi Lamayne is in Diepkloof, Soweto, while YoungstaCPT is in Wynberg, Cape Town and 25K in Atteridgeville in Pretoria.

They render their verses as they are flanked by the masses in the streets. The camera doesn't just capture performances but pays attention to detail and highlights some interesting characters and things that make the streets of South Africa what they are.

"Jou Stad" is the second single from Gigi Lamayne's 2019 project Job Woods, it follows the pitiful "Koze Kube Nini" which was released last year.

The 10-track project was a return to form for Gigi Lamayne after a half-hearted release in the EP VI. She admittedly didn't like some of the songs on the project as she felt she wasn't creatively free.

On Job Woods, Gigi focuses mostly on rapping over beats she's comfortable over instead of making songs she thinks you want to hear.

Watch the music video for "Jou Stad" below and stream Job Woods underneath.

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Interview: The Awakening of Bas

We talk to Bas about The Messenger, Bobi Wine, Sudan, and the globalized body of Black pain.

The first thing you notice when you begin to listen to The Messenger—the new investigative documentary podcast following the rise of Ugandan singer, businessman and revolutionary political figure Bobi Wine—is Bas' rich, paced, and deeply-affecting storytelling voice.

Whether he is talking about Uganda's political landscape, painting a picture of Bobi Wine's childhood, or drawing parallels between the violence Black bodies face in America and the structural oppression Africans on the continent continue to endure at the hands of corrupt government administrations, there is no doubt that Bas (real name Abbas Hamad) has an intimate understanding of what he's talking about.

We speak via Zoom, myself in Lagos, and him in his home studio in Los Angeles where he spends most of his time writing as he cools off from recording the last episode of The Messenger. It's evident that the subject matter means a great deal to the 33-year-old Sudanese-American rapper, both as a Black man living in America and one with an African heritage he continues to maintain deep ties with. The conversation around Black bodies enduring various levels of violence is too urgent and present to ignore and this is why The Messenger is a timely and necessary cultural work.

Below, we talk with Bas aboutThe Messenger podcast, Black activism, growing up with parents who helped shape his political consciousness and the globalized body of Black pain.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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