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South African Rapper Push Push Lets Go of The Past With Her Latest EP 'No Gods'

Her latest EP 'No Gods' sees South African rapper Push Push going beyond previous limits as she opens up creatively and emotionally. She uses the EP to let go of the past and move forward with her life in LA.

For the last century or so, artists from around the world have converged on Los Angeles to seek out their fame and fortune. It's a never-ending gold rush, although most of the prospectors leave empty-handed with their pockets turned out.

As it stands, underground South African rapper and singer Push Push (Nicci St. Bruce) has her hands full and her pockets are getting fatter. But when she initially left Cape Town, she never intended to move to LA. It just sort of happened. In hindsight, it was a stroke of genius. While the divisive musician was steadily building her career in South Africa, with South African and international media support (and even having a song featured on Broad City), she never could have imagined the opportunities that would open up by relocating.

Push Push has gone from working with some of SA's best alternative artists like Thor Rixon and Alice Phoebe Lou to collaborating with the likes of Pussy Riot (Nadya Tolokonnikova) and Tommy Lee (with Fred Durst directing the video), to putting out the fantastic No Gods EP in collaboration with her husband, Moon Bounce (Corey Regensberg).

"When I met Corey, we weren't, like, planning to do the forever thing," she divulges to OkayAfrica in a Skype call, "I was just here for a month. He was just this guy that I'd been flirting with on the internet for a while." The lack of a future together allowed them to open up more than they usually might have, "I was very painfully honest with him from the beginning, because I was like, 'I'm never gonna see this person again,' and so was he. So he was like, 'This is my vibe', and I was like, 'This is my vibe,'" she explains.

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