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South African Hip-Hop Duo Ill Skillz' 'To The Beat Ya'll'

Watch the video for South African hip-hop duo Ill Skillz' new track "To The Beat Ya'll"


It's been a minute since we've gotten a look at South African hip-hop outlet Ill Skillz. The dudes are back with the video from their latest release "To The Beat Ya'll," which pairs their golden-era deliveries and boom-bap productions with visuals that represent Jimmy Flexx and Uno July's upbringing in the Gugulethu township. "It's quite reflective and captures a nostalgic essence, you pretty much get an idea of our upbringing in Gugulethu," explains July. Peep the video for the Common-sampling track below and keep an eye out for their upcoming album Notes From The Native Yard.

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Uno July On Being Cape Town Hip-Hop's 'Best Kept Secret'

Cape Town rapper and Ill Skillz member Uno July on his avant-garde approach for the new 'Best Kept Secret' EP.

Uno July has served as one-half of golden era revivalist hip-hop duo Ill Skillz (alongside Jimmy Flexx) for over ten years. This year, the Cape Town-based rapper is stepping out on his own to release the 7-track Best Kept Secret EP, a project that sees July approaching the boom-bap retro sounds of Ill Skillz through what he categorizes as an avant-garde, left field approach.

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Cape Town In Your Earbuds: Ill Skillz

In the lead-up to Cape Town Electronic Music Festival 2015, Okayafrica shares an exclusive Cape Town In Your Earbuds mixtape by Ill Skillz.

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Meet the Senegalese Designer Making Math Chic

Diarra Bousso uses algorithms to create designs for her line DIARRABLU.

Who knew that math and fashion could work together so seamlessly? Apparently Diarra Bousso did, the self-described "Creative Mathematician" and mastermind behind DIARRABLU. The Senegalese serial entrepreneur and multidisciplinary artist left a career of trading on Wall Street to pursue design and it paid off. She has just been awarded a coveted spot as the Designer in Residence at the San Francisco Fashion Incubator for her innovative use of equations and algorithms in her beautiful designs.

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Daniel Kaluuya Is Producing a Live-Action 'Barney' Movie with Mattel

Yes, you read that correctly.

In a move that absolutely no one saw coming, Oscar-nominated actor Daniel Kaluuya is set to produce a live-action Barney movie in conjunction with Mattel Films. The Hollywood Reporter first broke the story.

Kaluuya will co-produce the film as part of his 59% production banner, which signed a first-look deal with Paramount back in May. Speaking on his involvement with the project and the impact of Barney & Friends, Kaluuya had this to say: "Barney was a ubiquitous figure in many of our childhoods, then he disappeared into the shadows, left misunderstood. We're excited to explore this compelling modern-day hero and see if his message of 'I love you, you love me' can stand the test of time."

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