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South African Rapper Stogie T’s BET Cypher is one for the Books

In pure Stogie T fashion, the emcee raps like his life depends on it.

Stogie T, formerly Tumi Molekane, is one of the best to ever do it. He recently participated in the South African BET South African cypher, which played during the award show last week Saturday.


In pure Stogie T fashion, the emcee raps like his life depends on it. He kicks off the verse with poignant lines that speak of the never-ending struggle of being black, with subtle but mind-blowing wit and wordplay.

"I'm from three generations of criminals/
My grandpappi and daddy shooting the system/
And got cousins shooting for a living/
Can you forgive him?/
A nigga living with these bars is not a euphemism
It's youth in prison"

Read: Tumi Molekane is the only OG Releasing Albums we Care About

Later on in the freestyle, T seems to be taking swipes at weak rappers, and one of them being Cassper Nyovest. He raps, "Yeah, I know they fill stadiums/ But lyrically they couldn't fill Ginger Trill's Palladiums." Ishuuuu!

Watch T obliterate the BET cypher below, and listen to his latest single "Honey and Pain" underneath.



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Interview: Focalistic’s Blend of Hip-Hop and Amapiano Is Working

South African rapper Focalistic doesn't fixate on genre. He wants you to know his music "is for South Africans, by South Africans that sound South African."

A few weeks before Focalistic's hit single "Ke Star" is announced to have gone gold (it has since gone platinum), a large group of school kids gather around the driver seat of the rapper's sporty BMW. "I realised that people really love him during the shoot of the 'Ke Star' music video," a passer-by says. "It was wild."

Just like today. The same group, which has now grown bigger, waits outside the spot where Focalistic will sit down for an interview. They each want a picture with one of the country's most promising rappers. They have to wait until he's done answering our questions. Asked if he enjoys being mobbed by fans, he says, "It's not like I like it. But it's something you get used to and you understand it. It's love, it's never to irritate."

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