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Watch J Molley’s Hazy Music Video For ‘Lightning’

J Molley's music video for 'Lightning' is here.

J Molley just delivered the visuals for his song "Lightning" as promised. The song is part of the South African singer/rapper's 2018 EP Leader of the Wave.


On "Lightning," which was produced by Ricco, J Molley displays his adeptness with the pen, and exhibits a control over his voice, which in turn makes his art convincing. And addictive. Take for instance the song's opening verse, in which he sings:

"When you hear my words, know it's not advice/ Born to die, hell is cold as ice/ When you fall in love, be prepared to cry/ If you wanna win, be prepared to lie"

The music video for "Lightning," which is directed by Jasyn Howes, is as hazy as the music itself. With subtle yet clever use of effects, the director manages to have J Molley looking as ethereal as he sounds. The video was shot mostly under low light, and shows J Molley and the models as mysterious characters that are free from the worldly limitations and rules.

Watch the music video for "Lightning" below, and revisit Leader of the Wave here or stream it underneath.

J Molley - Lightning ( Official Music Video ) www.youtube.com



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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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