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Watch Gigi Lamayne, Kid Tini and Sjava’s BET Cypher

Watch the three Ambitiouz Entertainment signees' BET cypher.

South African hip-hop artists Gigi Lamayne, Kid Tini and Sjava repped their label Ambitiouz Entertainment at this year's BET cyphers.

All three MCs brought it, and it's always a pleasure hearing Sjava rapping, as he mostly sings in his music. Remember his show-stealing MTV Base cypher verse in 2016? This year is the same; he pulls off some impressive Zulu punchlines, and still tells a story. He raps, "Maw'khuluma name mtshana, woqaphel' itone/ Khal' inyembez' ezimnyana, ngumlungu weParlotone."


And the king of one-liners, Kid Tini doesn't disappoint. The young emcee always packs some heat in one bar, and that's not a joke. For instance, "Couple girls who slept on me, now they pillow-talking."

Gigi Lamayne's conviction always sees her through. A quotable from her verse: "Jabs to your ego, gonna cause you that nosebleed/ Lyin' ass Pinocchio, everyone nose, b."

Watch the Ambitiouz Entertainment cypher below:

Gigi LaMayne, Sjava & Kid Tini rep Ambitiouz | Hip Hop Awards 2018 Cypher www.youtube.com



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A Year After #EndSARS, Nigerian Youth Maintain That Nothing Has Changed

Despite the disbandment of the SARS units, young Nigerians are still being treated as criminals. We talk to several of them about their experiences since the #EndSARS protests.

On September 12th, Tobe, a 22-year-old student at the University of Nigeria's Enugu Campus was on his way to Shoprite to hang out with his friends when the tricycle he had boarded was stopped by policemen. At first, Tobe thought they were about to check the driver's documents, but he was wrong. "An officer told me to come down, he started searching me like I was a criminal and told me to pull down my trousers, I was so scared that my mind was racing in different ways, I wasn't wearing anything flashy nor did I have an iPhone or dreads — things they would use to describe me as a yahoo boy," he says.

They couldn't find anything on him and when he tried to defend himself, claiming he had rights, one of the police officers slapped him. "I fell to the ground sobbing but they dragged me by the waist and took me to their van where they collected everything including my phone and the 8,000 Naira I was with."

Luckily for Tobe, they let him go free after 2 hours. "They set me free because they caught another pack of boys who were in a Venza car, but they didn't give me my money completely, they gave me 2,000 Naira for my transport," he says.

It's no news that thousands of Nigerian youth have witnessed incidents like Tobe's — many more worse than his. It's this helpless and seemingly unsolvable situation which prompted the #EndSARS protests. Sparked after a viral video of a man who was shot just because he was driving an SUV and was mistaken as a yahoo boy, the #EndSARS protests saw millions of young Nigerians across several states of the country come out of their homes and march against a system has killed unfathomable numbers of people for invalid or plain stupid reasons. The protests started on October 6th, 2020 and came to a seize after a tragedy struck on October 20th of the same year.

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