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Rising South African Lyricist Touchline Has Some Words For Artists Who Buy Awards

Watch Touchline's new music video for 'Award Shows.'

Touchline won The People's Choice Award at the Verse of the Year Awards hosted by Slikour On Life and Stogie T last week. This is a result of the major buzz he has managed to create with aggressive punchline-heavy raps. From his 2018 EP/mixtape 18 Flow, comes the MC's latest video single "Award Shows."


In the song, the MC flexes his skills while questioning the ways of the game, especially how awards are given. He raps:

"If I'm not on their TV screens, am I not a star?/ Why don't we get awards for saving souls with our art?/ What about the PDotOs, the ones that rap from the heart?"

The song's video is tongue-in-cheek, showing the MC buying awards from a shop and later getting kicked off someone's lawn after shooting a scene of his video.

Touchline is a lyrical genius, and is off to a great start. As he says, he's "That Tupac mixed with 2 Pros and Double H/ Then you dash it with two shots of Nas and Jay/ Double cup of Biggie Smalls and Dr. Dre/ Pop a bottle of Eminem, I'm drunk again."

This will sure be an interesting year for SA hip-hop once again.

Watch the music video below, and listen to 18 Flow underneath or download it here.

Touchline - Award Shows (Official Video) www.youtube.com


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Can you tell us more about your background and when you first started painting?

I am a self taught artist. I started drawing from when I was really young. I mostly used graphite pencils and paper. But about six years ago, I think it was 2014, I wanted to start getting into color. I was a university student at the time and I lived in a hostel with three other people, so I couldn't go traditional so [instead], I started making paintings digitally, first on my iPad and then on my laptop with a Wacom. I have been painting ever since.

What would you say are the central themes in your work?

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I do not have an exact process. I do use a lot of references though. Sometimes, I had an idea of how exactly the painting would look, others I just make it up as i go along.

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I am not sure–I did not actively pursue art in a sense. I was just doing it because it was fun and I wanted to. Then people all of a sudden wanted to put me on projects and offer to pay for my hobby. I have thankfully been able to make art and also work in a separate field—which I also enjoy–by day.

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