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Stogie T Delivers A Masterful Verse On Long-Awaited A-Reece Collaboration 'BRAVO'

Every single line in Stogie T's guest verse on A-Reece's new mixtape has a double meaning to it, and a majority of the lines refer to specific scenes in the film 'No Country For Old Men' while advancing the veteran emcee's story. Sekese Rasephei decodes the verse line by line.

Taken off A-Reece's recently released mixtape, Today's Tragedy, Tomorrow's Memory, "BRAVO" is the first collaboration between two lyricists who not only represent two generations of South African hip-hop but are also currently performing at their highest level, respectively.

A watershed moment

Stogie T has a penchant for collaborations. In his long career, he has been known to collaborate with a plethora of emcees and singers from all walks of life, from Boity to Zakwe, YoungstaCPT, Yanga Chief, Emtee and Benny The Butcher among others.

Read: Stogie T's 10 Best Guest Verses

A-Reece on the other hand is a rather elusive and reclusive character who seemingly enjoys being shrouded in mystery, usually limiting collaborations to members of his camp and affiliates. He will, on rare occasions, collaborate with non-affiliated artists . This adds to his cult status as one of the most loved and supported emcees who is highly sought after. It also means that a collaboration like this becomes an event.

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Interview: How Stogie T’s ‘Freestyle Friday’ Became a TV Show

Freestyle Friday started as lockdown content but is now a fully-fledged TV show on Channel O. In this interview, Stogie T breaks down why the show is revolutionary and talks about venturing into media.

When South Africa was put under a hard lockdown in 2020,Stogie T started Freestyle Friday to "make SA rap again." Freestyle Friday, hosted on Instagram, saw a different cohort of rappers each rap over the same beat picked by the veteran rapper. From niche and emerging rappers to some of the most notable names in South African hip-hop—the likes of AKA, Focalistic, Ginger Trill and several others all participated.

In the last few weeks, however, Freestyle Friday has found its way to cable TV. The show airs every Friday on Channel O, one of the continent's longest-running music TV channels. Freestyle Friday as a TV programme isn't just about freestyles, it's about the art of rapping and the music business, particularly SA hip-hop. Guests range from lyricists to record executives and other personalities aligned with the scene—Ninel Musson and Ms Cosmo for instance.

But Freestyle Friday is only the first media product Stogie T is working on as he is in the process of starting a podcast network, a venture in which he is collaborating with Culture Capital. In the Q&A below, Stogie T breaks down the relationship with Culture Capital, how the show moved from the internet to TV, why it's a revolutionary idea, touches on his venture into media and his future plans.

This interview has been edited for clarity and length.

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