Emile YX?. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Emile YX? Shares Some Gems About South African Hip-Hop History, Its Relationship to Capitalism & More

Here's a transcript of SA hip-hop pioneer Emile YX?'s talk at the hip-hop summit during Back To The City.

Emile YX? is a member of one of the oldest South African hip-hop crews, Black Noise. He's a rapper, break-dancer, author, philanthropist and life teacher, among other things. Last week, he was part of the panelists of the SA Hip-Hop Summit, which takes place during the annual hip-hop and street culture festival Back To The City.

His speech stood out among the other speakers, who also dropped major gems. The OG drew similarities between indigenous African cultures and hip-hop, touched on the genre's relationship with capitalism, spoke on how Cape Town hip-hop's divisions affect the genre's growth, why Cape Town hip-hop struggles to shine nationally, among other things.

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