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Stogie T's ‘God’s Eye’ Touches on Black Lives Matter, the Terrorist Islamic State & the Human Condition

Stogie T's 15-minute long song covers a diverse range of topics.

South African rapper Stogie T released a 15-minute long track this morning called "God's Eye." The song is essentially an EP—he raps over different beats, with the songs being separated by skits.

The project is released to commemorate the youth who were slain by the apartheid regime in June 16 of 1976. T always releases music on June 16, if it's not an album (Return of the King was released in 2014 on the same date), it's a series of verses from different artists.

But this year, he opted to go at it alone. Skimming through "God's Eye," you'll hear different themes including rap politics, Black Lives Matter, and the terrorism of the Islamic State, among others.


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In just 15 minutes, the revered wordsmith switches flows and raps from different perspectives—on two of the songs, he raps from the perspective of a slave trader and a lieutenant of the terrorist Islamic State.

Just like most of the man's work, you'll pick up Easter eggs with every successive listen. So, your weekend plans have changed, you have some raps to decipher on "God's Eye."

Sonically, "God's Eye," is diverse but still monolithic–it's not sure if it wants to be boom bap or trap, and that's the beauty of it. TruHitz and Cokayn, two producers the rapper has been working with since changing his stage name to Stogie T from Tumi, are the only names behind the music on here.

Listen to "God's Eye" below and download it here.

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Kayode Kasum, like most filmmakers, has been stagnated by the coronavirus pandemic. The director behind the blockbuster Sugar Rush and the critically acclaimed Oga Bolaji was working on the post-production of his upcoming movies, The Fate of Alakada: Party Planner and Kambili—a collaboration between FilmOne Entertainment and Chinese Huahua Media— when the Nigerian government announced the lockdown order.

While post-production on Alakada has concluded, the stay-at-home orders have delayed work on Kambili. "Since the team cannot meet at a single point, we are moving hard drives left and right," he says to me over the phone from his home in Lagos. "It is a challenge, but the beautiful thing about a challenge is, when you make it work, it is fulfilling."

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Kasum has turned to books and films for an escape from the unpleasant realities of the pandemic. "I have been reading Elnathan's books: Born on a Tuesday and Becoming Nigeria," he tells me. "I have also been reading film directing books, Directing Actors by Judith Weston." However, Kasum longs for the movies. "I miss going to the cinemas; I miss that experience," he says. "There are times during this pandemic that I'm like 'na wa o, I wish I can go to the cinema.'"

Below are five films he recommends you watch during this pandemic.

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