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Watch Mx Blouse’s Stunning Music Video For ‘No Match’

Mx Blouse drops a new single accompanied by visuals.

South African artist Mx Blouse hit the ground running in 2019. They just released a new single, "No Match," accompanied by a minimalist yet stunning music video.

While in the song, they rap about a person they are over, in the video they are alone in a canyon, performing under a partly cloudy sky. Maybe the underlying message is that they are better off on their own.

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Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Meet Mx Blouse, the Gender-Nonconforming Rapper From South Africa Making Boundless Music

We chat to Mx Blouse about their music and navigating the music industry as a gender-nonconforming artist.

Mx Blouse raps, but they prefer to not box their music as hip-hop. Which makes sense. While on their debut EP, Believe The Bloom (2017), they favored boom bap-inspired production with touches of electronic, their latest single "Is'phukuphuku," fuses kwaito, electro and, of course, hip-hop.

Genre is slowly becoming a thing of the past. And Mx Blouse, just like many artists of their generation—think Stiff Pap, Darkie Fiction, among others—is fusing their influences to make music that reflects their character.

As one of the very few gender-nonconforming rappers out in South Africa at the moment, Mx Blouse offers a new take on hip-hop, a genre known for the masculinity of its practitioners.

When we meet for an interview in Braamfontein in Johannesburg, the artist is all smiles. Their welcoming aura is conducive for a great conversation ahead.

Read our conversation below, in which we discuss how they got into hip-hop, their stint as a journalist, traveling, gender, growing up and if queer is becoming a genre of music, among other things.

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