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Stogie T Totally Spazzes On Sway In The Morning Freestyle

Watch Stogie T's interview and freestyle on Sway In The Morning.

South African veteran MC Stogie T (Tumi Molekane) is the latest SA rapper to grace Sway In The Morning, after the likes of AKA, Cassper Nyovest, Nasty C and Kwesta.

The MC's freestyle proves once again that he's one of the best to ever pick up a mic worldwide. Still sticking to the concept of honey and pain, in the freestyle, Stogie T talks about the good and the bad in the world deploying complex wordplay and rhyme patterns, as he always does. He makes reference to South Africa's complex history, and how the continent is perceived by the outside the world:


"I'm from the continent of poverty and long walk accomplishments

Where former heroes give birth to spoiled rotten kids

The opulent meet the poor cleaning their offices

We push rocket ships like Elon Musk, charge the whip

But still stuck in shit, cuz we don't got a pot to piss in

So God forgives as if you gives the church half your shit

I'm bugging, still we can't tell a pastor from a pimp

It's Roman Catholic, it's Anglican, it's African tribesmen, migrant, shit, it's masked men kidnapping kids

I say South Africa, you think Trevor,

I think Nelson, it's half a parrot, you get mixed messages"


He also demonstrates his vast knowledge of hip-hop and black history.


"These ready-made superstars, with tattoos and scars,

And you think they can save face with a few bars

They lukewarm, I'm in true form

38 like Jordan in Utah, killing them with the flu shot

Strus God, that means trust me, I'm nutty as RuPaul

But I wear out a pussy like King Jaffe in New York

What could you do bro?

When I promise you all the smoke, I am so Calvin Broadus to Snoop Dogg

This is the diary of a mad man,

who should've been stamped champ but I wrote above their heads like Anne Frank

Fam, I'm a giant amongst ants, like the tyrant from Baghdad

who sayin' (Hussein) I can't hang on camera?

Grew up on Hammers, M16 Hammers

No dances, miss me with MC Hammer

I'm a Kool G Rap alumni, these my handlers The kufi Nas from NY,

Jesus medallion, reading Langston Hughes, el-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz and them, shit

In the pocket like the Audubon assassin

They gon' photograph a African prototype of a starving kid

But not show you the royal blue Aston Martin whip

It's complicated, and fuck vibranium, Educate 'em, we got ghettos too, and they orange-juice concentrated

But Bo Brady said be measured in your actions

Give them honey and pain, happiness and the anguish

Like when Tony got the flooded Roley and we called it hope

For all the times the po-po had my folks against the ropes

For all the times we drove a shawty out to Mary Stopes

And all the ones we almost broke, but still be calling hoes..."


In the interview, the MC briefly breaks down the history of South African hip-hop, shouts out the late Pro, HHP and Ben Sharpa and clears the air about his "beef" with Cassper Nyovest. He also contextualizes the role played by artists like AKA, Nyovest and Nasty C in the game.

The MC breaks down the concept of his latest mixtape Honey and Pain, his name change, and he also discusses apartheid, expropriation of land, mental health and more issues.

Watch the full interview below, and be sure to pick up a copy of Honey and Pain here.

South African Hip-Hop Pioneer Stogie T Freestyles, Talks 'Honey & Pain' and Breaks Down The Culture youtu.be


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Interview: Oumou Sangaré Proves Why She's the Songbird of Wassoulou

We caught up with the Malian singer to talk about her new Acoustic album, longevity as an artist, and growing up in Mali.

When Oumou Sangaré tells me freedom is at her core, I am not surprised. If you listen to her discography, you'll be hard-pressed to find a song that doesn't center or in some way touch on women's rights or child abuse. The Grammy award-winning Malian singer has spent a significant part of her career using her voice to fight for the rights of women across Africa and the world, a testimony to this is her naming her debut studio album Moussolou, meaning Woman. The album, a pure masterpiece that solidified Oumou's place amongst the greats and earned her the name 'Songbird of Wassoulou,' was a commercial success selling over 250,000 records in Africa and would in turn go on to inspire other singers across the world.

On her latest body of work Acoustic, a reworking of her critically acclaimed 2017 album Mogoya, Oumou Sangaré proves how and why she earned her accolades. The entirety of the 11-track album was recorded within two days in the Midi Live studio in Villetaneuse in 'live' conditions—with no amplification, no retakes or overdubs, no headphones. Throughout the album, using her powerful and raw voice that has come to define feminism in Africa and shaped opinions across the continent, Oumou boldly addresses themes like loss, polygamy and female circumcision.

We caught up with the Malian singer at the studio she is staying while in quarantine to talk about her new album, longevity as an artist, and growing up in Mali.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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