Interview

Lex LaFoy is Always Evolving

We chat to the South African rapper about her evolution and latest EP, 22.

Unlike a majority of South African emcees from the mid-2000s era, Lex LaFoy refuses to stagnate. Back then, while still known as Lexikon, Lex LaFoy was a notable battle rapper and poet in Durban.

In 2019, many of her peers are either still making the same music as they did in 2006 or vanished into obscurity. Lex LaFoy, however, is creating art that references current times while still maintaining her essence as a lyricist, as can be heard on her latest EP, 22.

"I got into the scene where freestyle battle performance was a prerequisite," says Lex LaFoy. "I got into it in at a time when one was not considered an emcee unless they did all the elements, you know. And so, at the time in 2004, when I was new on the scene, I kind of had to prove I could do everything."

Keep reading... Show less
popular
Gallo Images Editorial/Getty Images

Babes Wodumo has Officially Dropped the Assault Charges Against Mampintsha

The troubled couple have reportedly agreed to receive relationship counselling.

South African gqom artist Babes Wodumo, real name Bongekile Simelane, has dropped the assault charges she'd laid against her boyfriend and fellow artist, Mampintsha, real name Mandla Maphumulo, according to News24. This comes after a warrant of arrest was issued by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) after the duo both failed to appear in court.

Keep reading... Show less
Music

Cashtime Life Just Released Its Whole Catalog on Streaming Platforms

For the first time ever, the whole Cashtime Life catalog is now available on streaming platforms.

If you are a South African music fan, especially hip-hop, then you may have at some point complained about not being able to stream K.O.'s classic solo debut album Skhanda Republic, Kid X's 3 Quarter Pace and Ma-E's Township Counsellor. Ask around, these are three of the most solid SA hip-hop albums of all time.

Keep reading... Show less

get okayafrica in your inbox

news.

popular.