The Blunt Smoker’s Guide to Honey and Bass: An Innerview with Lex LaFoy

“The best way to learn my way around was to get lost.” – Lex Lafoy

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The Guide: Tell us a bit about the connection between Bass music and Lex LaFoy’s Roots?

 Lex:

 

My first interaction with Bass Music on a soul level was on the 27th of November 2010 at an S.K.A (Street Kulture Appreciation) gig held in a park in Protea North, Soweto, Johannesburg, ZA. I’d performed earlier in the day, and after some sun-soak and great vibes…I heard it. I heard what sounded like a multitude rapping on some heavy bass. That night I met Blindfolders– Cosmo MC and B-Slim (who produced Ifani’s Jonga. Yeah I introduced them. Hehe. Love is funny.), and my life was transformed forever. It just so happened that I had entered into a transitional space within myself as an artist and creative, where I was getting bored with what I’d been doing for the previous 7-8 years, and wanted more. I didn’t know what this more was until that moment.

 

My love for Bass expanded ten-fold after that. As I opened myself to this newness it began to transform me from the inside out. I heard Niskerone at an UberCool Party (Run by Georgios Kretsos) in my home town Durban for the first time in 2012 and knew that Drum n Bass equated to church for me. And no one could say sh*t about that. [For an in-depth diary entry.]

 

The Guide: Who schooled Lex in the art of Bass Rap?

Lex:

Cosmo MC of Blindfolders was my guru. He took the time, effort and love to challenge me as an MC to the utmost. We’d spend hours freestyling battling and rapping over bass music, till eventually, the 2-2 beat was ingrained in my head. And heart. (Of course, like all rebels, we master the rules only to bend them the way we like 🙂 )

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The Guide: Which of your songs are your favourite? 

Lex: 

Mm Tough one. I love so many. I seem to fall in love with every song I create now. I will say this though… Look out for the new releases later this year (when I return to South Africa). Then we can discuss favourites on a global scale 🙂 debates, discussions and comments as to what you and I feel.

 

The Guide: What do you love about Jo’burg?

Lex:

I love the ambition in the air. I love the fact that everything I need is at my disposal, and if it isn’t there, someone in the vicinity can hook it up. I love the watermarked heights of sheer determination that are written on the walls around us. Some in achievement, some in aerosol.Making me want to reach higher. And be the best me I can be. I love the healthy frustration I feel that motivates me into a state of action. I love the late nights and the good energy. The beautiful people. The brilliant creatives I’ve come to meet, love and see as my team. I love Maboneng and its founders. I love me that Jewish Dank too 🙂

 

The Guide: What was your experience like the first time you came to JHB from DBN?

Lex:

My first solo mission to Joburg was in 2005 at the UN Hip Hop Summit held in Newtown. I missed my psychology test because of this. Hehe. It was there I met Osmic before the birth of BTTC & the SAHHA’s, and my baby-daddy Psalm1. He and I started dating long distance and I’d come up every now and again to visit and also partake in cyphers and some shows. This helped grow my inter-city connections. I then moved up in July 2012 after I completed my BSocSci Degree (Psychology and Philosophy) at UKZN. I stayed in Zola when I first arrived with a good sister-friend I’d known from Durban. I then stayed with other sister-friend’s who were great to me. That was cool. Humbling to say the least 🙂 I didn’t know my way around and asked for an aerial view map of the city. My homegirls denied me the privilege and said the best way to learn my way around was to get lost. So I did 🙂 I was doing promotion work when I first arrived, and that had me travelling all over Gauteng. It helped me find my bearings.

 

The Guide: How was the Red Bull Bass Camp experience?

                        What did you learn?

Lex:

Bass Camp was awesome. I met some of the country’s best artists and creatives and have developed a familial bond with them and their work. It felt like Professor X’s School for the Gifted.

Only Richard the 3rd didn’t like being compared to an old bald man 🙂 . The lectures by some of the greats were eye-opening and educative. It’s added so much value to who I am as a person along this journey.

 

The Guide: What’s your favourite band?

Lex:

I love my music and the people I create music with the most. I love Frank Marksy and Rehab Tony. I also love Die Antwoord. I’d love to do a song with Yolandi Vi$$er one day 🙂 Putting it out there. Into the Universe. I like me some Drake, James Blake, Jhene Akio, Saul Williams, Florence and the machine, Blaya of BurakaSomSistemo to name a few.

The Guide: Ruby Gold?

Lex:

Ruby is like my sister. We lived together not so long ago. She’s a strong tenacious young woman who’s taught me a lot. She’s a really cool creative. We’ve done a song together that will also feature Moonchild. Look forward to sharing it with you 🙂 xxx

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The Guide: How did you meet with DJ Doowop?

Lex:

I was working with Jonny Joburg of Renaissance Rock Recordings at the time. It was early 2013. We knew I wanted a female DJ, and while I was visiting my family in Durban Jonny called me and said: “Lex! We found your DJ!!! She’s hot. She plays the sickest bass music and you’ll love her”. So he gave me her contacts and I contacted her when I got back to Joburg. We met up,started gelling and did our first gig together at a party in May 2013 at 162 Anderson Street. That was really fun. A lot of people looked at us like ‘who the f*ck are they’. They still partied with us though 🙂 so it was rad. We then went through a break period of about 8 months, where my publisher and her didn’t get along. After I left my publisher at the time (early 2014), I contacted her and asked if she’d be keen to get together again. It’s been magical.

 

 The Guide:Tell us about this tour you were on?

SookeeLex:

We arrived in Germany last Monday the 5th of May for the international all-female hiphop tour called “The Purple Velvet Tour”, which is centered around the release of, German-Based rapper and activist, Sookee’s latest album Lila Samt (translated as ‘Purple Velvet’).

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had 18 shows booked. We opened the tour at club SO36 in Berlin on Wednesday the 7th, where we met other really dope artists Carmel Zoum and Spoke P Kaye. Then we were along the coast of the Baltic Sea for L-Beach Festival – the biggest Lesbian Music Festival in the world. That was radly interesting… 🙂 .


The next day we were in a small town in the Northeast part of Germany called Greifswald. Where we were educated on the political tension between Neo-Nazi groups and the local youth in the area.The audience was so full of love though. Every day was an adventure of it’s own. Being on the road over those few days, meeting amazing people and loving the expansion 🙂

 

The Guide: What’s the chemistry between you and Doowop?

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Lex:
I love her dude. I’m really grateful the Universe brought us together. We’re complimentary and we both look good in International. We made a fashionable joke about that the other day 🙂 I really dig her energy.

 

 

Like all people who work together, we also have our own groups of friends, preferences and tastes. Thankfully we both like healthy food a lot. So food isn’t an issue.

 

 

 

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We have similar taste in rebellious forms of expression. And share a love for the 90’s. We both fell in love with Bianca Kim Clothing too, so thankfully, when looking for a designer to work with leading up to the tour- a business decision like that wasn’t difficult.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

credits:

IWO of http://www.allthatworks.de (Berlin)

Phillip of Painted Lenses Photography (Berlin)

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Martin of Manic Creations http://www.manic-creations.co.za (Durban, ZA), at a shoot styled and dressed by Bianca Kim Clothing

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AppleSauce: An Innerview with Mixed Apples

“#WordOnTheStreet” – Mixed Apples
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“#HowYouLikeThemApples” – The Guide

The Blunt Smoker’s Guide:

Happy Birthday and Congratulations.
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Hey dude, thank you so very much!!!

The Guide:

One year for a one year old is an entire lifetime.

MA:

Bro, it is a lifetime but it has flashed by in a blink of an eye. We have made so many amazing new friends and contacts in our first year, getting to showcase some amazing artists, musicians and all round creative people. It has been a lot of hard work but we do it with a smile on our faces!! Thanks to everyone for the support in our first year as Mixed Apples!!!

The Guide:

Who and what is mixed apples? Where do you guys come from?

MA:

Mixed Apples is made up of three individuals, Nelson – Grant – Jay,

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who have a passion for showcasing South Africa’s amazing creative talents, whether you are a DJ, producer, graphic designer, artist, photographer, illustrator, extreme athlete etc. We also pride ourselves in bringing to you the #WordOnTheStreet on all the awesome events and talents in the country. We are from all over the country but we reside now in Gauteng.

The Guide:

What made you decide on the name mixed apples?

MA:

The name Mixed Apples was a name I (Nelson Mendes) came up with a very long time ago, initially for an events company I wanted to start. When we came together with the idea of starting this platform, I told the gents about Mixed Apples and they loved it!! It defiantly goes with what we are, as Mixed Apples doesn’t exactly limit us to a specific genre, rather emphasizing that we are a mixed batch of awesome information 😉

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An odd bunch

The Guide:

Where did it all begin for you guys?

MA:

Well blogging started for me with a platform called NosTheBoss in 2010, where i would post once a week about house music and the house scene in the country. The bug bit me and i had bigger dreams for this. It was hard enough finding the relevant information to write only about one topic, let alone a platform with so much info. I got a couple of mates together that were interested in the idea and we started putting in the hard work to create Mixed Apples. Its been 1 year now and we have an excellent three man team that is on the ball with all the amazing things happening in the country!!

The Guide:

What were the main challenges you have faced leading up to now, you know, teething pains and whatnot?

MA:

I would say that the hardest thing when we started off was getting the relevant information as it got released, but with a few months of very hard work we were noticed by most of the big PR and Events companies, where we now get all the news as it happens. I would like to the Rachelle Crous Publicity and Mike of One-Eyed Jack for being two of the biggest influences in our short existence.

The Guide:

What do you consider the main successes in the life of mixed apples?

MA:

We measure our success in how far and wide we can influence the lives of the incredible people that we showcase. We pride ourselves in getting as much publicity as possible to the creative people we showcase. Definitely one of the highlight has been turning 1 year old and throwing our very first Mixed Apples event. Thank you to Arcade Empire, all the DJ’s and all you beautiful people that came out to support…

The Guide:

Have you been finding support for your platform and from where?

MA:

We have found support from all areas, teaming up with some amazing people in the industry, to synergise and build the local scenes. I would like to thank a few amazing people who have helped in a big way: Daniella and Claire at Converse Africa, Rudolf, Rob and your Arcade Empire team, Mike from One-Eyed Jack and Seed Experiences, Ryan and Seb at Monster Energy RSA, Rachelle Crous Publicity, Brent and Stuart at Brent Black Studios, Henk at Park Acoustics, Johan at Griet, Kyle at TNH, Nick Barnes and your amazing team at Gravity Lab, Rene Jazzman from Deep Inspiration Show, Ryan at Cool Beans Design Agency, TK at Not Another Zebra, JBM Tattoo studio and Fallen Heroes Tattoo studio, and many, many more (sorry if I have not personally mentioned you)

The Guide:

Who would you love to work with?

MA:

We are all about synergy and we want to team up with as many like-minded people in the industry as we can! We would like to be involved at all the major events and festivals in the country. If you want to get hold of us to help with your event or showcasing you or your client, don’t hesitate to contact us: info@mixedapples.co.za

 

The Guide:

What is the connection between Mixed Apples and Trio Nova?

MA:

I (Nelson Mendes) am one of the partners at Trio Nova, as well as heading up Mixed Apples. Trio Nova is an events company in Pretoria, throwing unique house based events every 2/3 months. The partnership between the two works hand in hand, as I get to promote my Trio Nova events on the Mixed Apples platform. We also do lots of give aways on the Mixed Apples platform for the Trio Nova events.

 

The Guide:

Do you have any exciting things lined up for Year II?

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MA:

We have a few exciting things that we are working on. Look out for two events that we will be involved with in the next few months at Arcade Empire. We are also getting involved with a brand new digital publication called Fishbowl, this is probably the most exciting project we have up our sleeves this year. I can’t tell you more but what I can tell you is that this is going to be awesome!!!!

The Guide:

How would you define Apple Sauce?

MA:

The coming together of creative juices to showcase awesomeness… 😉

 

The Guides definition of appleSauce...

The Guides definition of appleSauce…

The Guide:

Finish this sentence: The red apple said to the green apple…

MA:

Let’s give these beautiful people the #WordOnTheStreet

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#WordOnTheStreet

For those of you that are interested here is a recipe for applesauce:

Applesauce Recipe

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: Makes about 1 1/2 quarts.

The sugar amounts are just guidelines, depending your taste, and on the sweetness of your apples, use less or more. If you use less sugar, you’ll likely want to use less lemon juice. The lemon juice brightens the flavor of the apples and balances the sweetness.

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 to 4 lbs of peeled, cored, and quartered apples. (Make sure you use a good cooking apple like Golden Delicious, Jonagold, Granny Smith, Fuji, Jonathan, Mcintosh, or Gravenstein.)
  • 4 strips of lemon peel – use a vegetable peeler to strip 4 lengths
  • Juice of one lemon, about 3-4 Tbsp
  • 3 inches of cinnamon stick
  • 1/4 cup of dark brown sugar
  • up to 1/4 cup of white sugar
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt

METHOD

1 Put all ingredients into a large pot. Cover. Bring to boil. Lower heat and simmer for 20-30 minutes.

2 Remove from heat. Remove cinnamon sticks and lemon peels. Mash with potato masher.

Ready to serve, either hot or refrigerated. Delicious with vanilla ice cream or vanilla yogurt.

Freezes easily, lasts up to one year in a cold freezer.

The Blunt Smoker’s Guide To: Being in the Love

An introspective and an interview with Sello Ditjoe of TuesLove

“Love is a virtue representing all of human kindness, compassion, and affection” – TuesLove

“Love is the vibe.
Super superb.”– SunSoul

“Love is a verb
Flowing as blood
Singing as birds
Rising as smoke
Burning as herbs.
Love Be.” – looseleaf

Seems that it is the time, again, of the year to show some love to the people we love.  And it feels strange because its so heavily contrasted against all the P. D. A’s (public displays of animosity) being expressed across the social and mainstream media symptoms of the psyche of our society brought  about due the State of the Natives/ation Address [#SONA2014] fever sweeping the country.

But there are people out there making plans with their significant others so as to demonstrate their ‘love’.  Remember that ole sayin’ “You can’t buy love’? Consider how much money is being spent this Valentines Day and then come tell me what everybody is trying to buy.

The experience of Love is found neither in the consumption of things, nor the mere uttering of words, nor the going through of motions solicited as acceptable by the splintered psyche we know as society.

“Love is a verb.” – @ImaliUnlimited

One should ask OneSelf, “What does Love do?” Find out, then do that.

The Prophet gives a few hints:

 “Love gives naught but itself and takes naught but from itself. Love possesses not nor would it be possessed; for Love is sufficient unto Love.” – Kahlil Gibran, On Love

“Love has no other desire but to fulfil itself.” – Kahlil Gibran, On Love

Love is active. It is in action, being Love, that Love is expressed.

Being a lover of Love. I sought to witness a genuine expression of Love.  What I found, and what I am experiencing now is someone who is expressing Love, from a place of Love, for the Love.

I found Sello Ditjoe. I found TuesLove. I asked for nothing but him, I gave him nothing but me. This is what we got. This is what I am sharing with you.

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The Blunt Smoker’s Guide

Tell us a bit about the brand TuesLove. What inspired the creation of it and what is its purpose?

The Brand

The Brand

Sellotapes:

Who is a Tuesday Lover? 

A Tuesday Lover is a creative culture conscious being who loves all things eclectic. This inspired me to create a holistic brand that encompasses ‘alternative cultures’ in JHB, DBN & CPT and can both be a one stop shop (eShop & gift shop) but a magazine journal in the form of a web portal and print. Thus, Tuesday Love is a retrospective documentation of different design disciplines from Architecture & Interior, Fashion & Textile, Graphic design & Art, Photography & Film and Industrial Design in relation to Music. This is narrated in the form of film documentaries, journals, articles, graphic design, illustration, photography and events.

TBSG:

Now tell us about the man behind the brand?

The Man Behind

The Man Behind the Brand

S:

I’m a humble creative being, an advertising fanatic, a dj & record collector of all things eclectic and a Serial Entrepreneur. Eager to learn new things and work on new mediums all the time. … and I have come to learn silence is music too and possessing the constitution the depth of faith you can take things as far as needed. Design for Life – Embedding Innovation in Design Thinking!

TBSG:

What can the masses expect in 2014?

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S:

This year I plan to come out some products which I hope to launch in June this year. This will be the biggest I ever taken. I cannot share details but it’s about to do with Lifestyle Design.

TBSG:

What are you listening to currently? What’s the hot shit on your playlist?

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S:

A lot of Jazz is always on my dial either discovering old stuff or looking a new artists. But then again loving the electronic soul sounds by James Blake and Alt-J … and John Wizard interesting sound. BUT I’m looking for more. McCoyTyner is my new jazz discovery. And bumping a lot of Herbie Tsoaeli & Bokani Dyer … and without fail no matter what every week Jose James is always in my playlist.

TBSG:

Who is doing exciting stuff in your field? Nationally? Globally?

Tuesday-LOve_PositivityS:

Don’t know about who is doing the best work but what’s popping and what I like … I think the I SEE A DIFFERENT YOU crew – Innocent, Vuyo, Justice are doing some solid work and Jonathan Liebmann with Maboneng Precinct project. 

Robert Lindström, Switzerland. Has always been my inspiration and has always pushed boundaries. That’s where I would like to get to and beyond.

TBSG:

Who inspires you?

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S:

My Family. Also people who live towards maintaining some sort of eclectic lifestyles and project galactic energies and do extra-ordinary things.

TBSG:

What inspires you?

S:

LIFE – The thrill of the seeing the end product! (The idea is to try not to get caught up in the process)

Fish Out Of Water.

TBSG:

You also went out of your way to hook us up here at The Blunt Smoker’s Guide with a special Valentine’s Day inspired Love Mix. The Guide digs the vibe. Very much so, so Thank you very much. All the people who make it this far in the article will get a pleasant surprise. Awe_H.

Thank you very much Sello AKA Sellotapes AKA FONKnoid AKA Black Valentine. Much Love. One. Peace.

Follow the links below for more information and to stay up to date with the TuesLove vibration.

LNKS:


http:www.tintsumi.co.za
https://www.facebook.com/LoveTuesday
http://www.tuesdaylove.co.za

twttr: @_TuesDayLove_

twttr: @youngblklight

email: youngblklight@gmail.com

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