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VIDEO: SPAZA$HOP BOYZ Talk About 'Rehab Tony'

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SPAZA$HOP BOYZ is a mirror” Jonny Joburg muses. It’s an atypical Zen-like response to a question about the duo’s eerie music video for their electro-hop single, "Rehab Tony," directed by Xolelwa ‘Ollie’ Nhlabatsi. “We show Africans Africa” he continues. “Especially the aspects of our culture that are swept under the rug, like black magic, hence ‘Rehab Tony’ is what it is.”

Together with Charlie Macc, the up-and-coming emcees have been rapping as SPAZA$HOP BOYZ since 2009. “The name was given to us by the people we partied with at the time,” Jonny candidly admits. “We were always at every party together because we were good friends prior to rapping.” The idea to break into the hip-hop game, in part, stemmed from a desire to find a more productive avenue to channel their pent up youthful energy.

The gamble paid off. Their first recording, "Anti-Gravity" featuring Zuluboy, peaked at number one on a national radio show; knocking Miami don Rick Ross off the top. Since then, the duo have been working on their debut album, Popular $cience (Sony/Atv), scheduled for release at the end of July. “I’m a perfectionist by nature” Jonny says. “There’s probably five versions of the album that we went through. The version we have now is what we were destined to make.”

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Interview: Wavy The Creator Is Ready to See You Now

The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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