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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Slege Lee – 2014 End of the Weak Intlernational Emcee Title Holder

Slege Lee

EOTWeak

The Blunt Smoker’s Guide and Slege Lee

Together be, Some of the dopest writers,

done puffed ’nuff blunts,

Spoke ’nuff frees and

Smoked ’nuff emcees in enuff cyphers.

Some of the Most High-ness.

Here is a video of his latest offering currently receiving rotation on Channel O, amongst other media channels, radio and on the internet: Namba Namba

You can connect the Brother on the SNDCLD and check out the River Nile style flow on over 20 other tracks.

Mo Slege

#HomeGrwn #dope #J0Z11 #CityOfGold #GoldReefer

The Blunt Smoker’s Guide To: The Black Tong Po With The Dope Rap Flow – an Interview with Cassper Nyovest

@IndivisualMax put me in touch with this cat Cassper.

@IndivisualMax put me in touch with this cat Cassper.

A couple of weeks ago, my homie Indivisual Max put on one helluva show at everybody’s favourite bar, Kitchener’s in Braamfontein. It was there that I got to experience probably the livest show put on by a performer this year. That’s right Cassper Nyovest came on and blew the fuckin’ speakers with his gig. He had the entire joint jumpin’ and singing along to his tracks.

Even though he didn’t have the trademark Tong-Po ponytail he still managed to kung-fu the shit outta the joint.

Between studio sessions and training sessions at the dojo, Cassper [the nice guy that he is] managed to give us some of his time to let us into who this dude Cassper Nyovest is.

And then there was the interview:

“South Africa is actually just a big ass hood.” – Cassper Nyovest

“I’ve never lost an award I was nominated for.” – Cassper Nyovest

The Blunt Smoker’s Guide:

Where did you get the name Cassper Nyovest from?

Cassper Nyovest

Cassper Nyovest

Cassper:

Cassper Nyovest comes from a freestyle that I kicked back when I was still a backpack rapper in highschool. I said,

“My name is Cassper, but there ain’t no such thing as a friendly ghost.”

Nyovest! Nyovest! Nyovest! Nyovest!

Nyovest! Nyovest! Nyovest! Nyovest!

So that’s where Cassper comes from. Nyovest is a word I made up. I made up the word because I was a Pharrel fan and in every song he used to say ‘Yezzur’, so I wanted my own Yezzur. So that’s how that came about. It was like ‘Nyoverz’ but then it became Nyovest.

The Guide:

What does the Caspper Nyovest reflect of the man Refiloe Maele Phoolo?

Cassper:

I guess the fact that I’m friendly and ummm untouchable … I guess. I don’t know [he laughs] I don’t know. I think it just reflects my personality, the fact that I’m friendly, that I like people unlike other ghosts. Yeah, I think that’s it.

The Guide:

Since ‘Gusheshe’ and ‘Doc Shebeleza’ dropped you’ve pretty much become a household name, what with the mad radio play, but you’ve been in the game for days already. You got signed to Impact  for like two years then you dropped the label?

New Age Shebeleza. Doc, Doc Shebeleza

New Age Shebeleza.
Doc, Doc Shebeleza

Cassper:

After 2 years man, I didn’t even drop the label, it was more like I got dropped. The label dropped me. Thasman didn’t see any return on investment and so what really happened was that they were like, “Uh, yo … you need to go home. We’ll see about next year.”

But you know when you know it’s over between you and somebody sooo … we kinda started our own thing in Maftown. It wasn’t even a matter of we were taking this risk where we were dropping the label … ummmm … it was more like we were being dropped and we weren’t even fighting back. We weren’t trying to fuck with that.

The Guide:

After that you holla’d at a pantsula and HHP responded. How was it working with him in studio and touring with him?

Cassper:

Working with Jabba was pretty cool. At first it was like nerve-wracking because he’s one of those people that if he believes in you he kinda just gasses you up. He’s like, ‘Yo man, you the best.’ [laughs]. So its like he expects so much from you but actually he just encourages you to do better. Being in studio with him was actually crazy because, like I said, he really treats you like what you’re gonna be and not like what you are. He’s like a visionary. So it was crazy. Working with him was an amazing experience.

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Double H-P

Touring with him was eye-opening. It was a lesson. It would’ve taken me ten years to learn what I learnt touring with Jabba because I went to places I would’ve never went to with my music before then and you know, you figure out that South Africa is actually just a big ass hood. It’s not Sandton. Because we live in Sandton and we think that’s South Africa we actually forget that there’s actually a world out there.

The Guide:

What has been your dopest show so far?

Cassper:

I think my dopest show so far would probably have to be Kendrick where we kinda got a standing ovation. It was a crowd of close to 15 000 people. We were the only South African act to get that over all, you know?

Yeah I think my best show so far was Kendrick, but ummm, that’s probably because of the audience. It was pretty huge; but if I don’t consider that one… I recently had a show in P.E. where we sold out the show before 12 o’clock and it was like a sing-a-long fest. That show was called the Campus Reboot. That’s two of my dopest shows so far.

The Guide:

Did you get a chance to meet Kendrick? Did he have anything to say about your music? Who do you think would win in a fresstyle between you and KDot?

Cassper:

I didn’t get to meet Kendrick cause I wasn’t on the official tour with them. I was actually a surprise act. I think Khuli and Reason got to meet him.

I don’t think I would win in a freestyle between me and him. He’s really dope and I don’t really freestyle any more so I’d probably lose and I’d be intimidated because he’s Kendrick so I’d probably lose.

The Guide:

Did you know you were that popular down in P.E.?

Cassper:

I didn’t know I was that popular in P.E. I didn’t even really think anybody knew me out there. I thought I’d get there and it would be probably be a pap show. I thought we’d start building from there.

The Guide:

You busy in the studio cooking up any exciting tings that you’ll be dropping on the masses soon?

Cassper:

Yeah I’m in the studio working on stuff. I’m working on an album trying to put it out as soon as I can.

The Guide:

What’s your favourite rhyme? Of your own and someone elses.

Cassper:

I think when Jay-Z said,

“I’m not a business man, I’m a business, man.”

That’s probably one of my favourite rhymes that comes to mind. And mine would probably be, right now, on the Steve Kekana remix when I said,

“ I’ve never lost an award I was nominated for.”

The Guide:

What’re you bumping in your speakers?

Cassper:

I’m bumping Kid Ink, cause my friend is bumping Kid Ink. A lot of Uhuru, J-Cole, Travis Scott and a lot of my own shit.

Mr. Scott

Mr. Scott

Then The guide was like, “Peace. Thank you.”

And Cassper was like, “Ghost! I’m out.”

Follow the latest updates from the New Age Doc Shebeleza:

twttr: @CassperNyovest

fcbk: http://www.facebook.com/Cassper Nyovest 

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email: youngblklight@gmail.com

The Blunt Smoker’s Guide To: Indivisuality

It was coined by my friend Khobe-One-Kanobi” – IndivisualMax

I know this guy Max. He’s an Indivisual. I’m like what the fuck is an Indivisual? He gave me an answer. It’s hidden in the text, like many other things. How did I find out? I asked a question?

The Blunt Smoker’s Guide:

Tell us a bit of who Indivisual Max is and what he’s all about?

IndivisualMax:

Max The Indivisual

Max The Indivisual

IndivisualMax is a social entrepreneur with a a passion for music and entertainment, a UJ business and marketing graduate.

TBSG:

You’ve worked with quite a few well-known artists , who and why?

IM:

I basically pick my artists and DJ’s based on current appeal in the industry. Some of these include: The Layders [Soul Candi], Yesterday’s PupilThe Fridge,

Zaki Ibrahim

Zaki Ibrahim #seen

Zaki Ibrahim

iFani

iFani

DJ Vigilante

DJ Vigilante

Cassper NyovestDJ VigilanteiFani Jab a JawJust Themba

… to name a few.

TBSG:

The last time we spoke you said you were done, finished, out the game. What changed?

IM:

I had just come from gig that didn’t really work out and thought maybe it’s time to move on … but the passion for what I do is a lot stronger than I thought; hence why I keep at it.

TBSG:

Nice. What can people expect from an IndivisualMax production?

IM:

 I always pick a selection of DJ’s that that play different but relative styles of music. This ranges from Hip-Hop, Dubstep, Break Beats, Neo-Soul and Electro, so there’s always something for everyone.

TBSG:

What drives IndivisualMax?

IM:

I get pleasure from seeing people come together and partying and having a good time, that’s what drives me.

TBSG:

How did you decide on the name IndivisualMax?

IM:

It was coined by my friend Khobe-One-Kanobi, meaning an independent visual, and of course my name is Max. we were also patriots of the indie music scene back in the day.

TBSG:

Patriots of the indie music scene? How do you say? How long have you been in this game?

IM:

At first I was just another guy at a party who was friends with a lot of DJ’s, and because of this I took it upon myself to use the contacts I had made to launch myself. It’s been about 5 years.

TBSG:

Anything special planned for this Saturday?

IM:

Just a wicked performance from SA’s newest Hip Hop sensation, also a sick, diverse DJ line-up.

TBSG:

Final question. If you were Bill Cosby doing a cameo slot on Sesame Street, what would you say to the kids?

Indivisual Cosby

Indivisual Cosby

IM:

Relax, I’ve got this!

TBSG:

Dope.

IM:

Awe.

TBSG:

Peace.

So IndivisualMax is throwing down this weekend at your favourite bar: Kitchener’s Carvery.

Here’s what they said on the interwebs where I found the event:

“Multi award-winning SA hip hop artist Cassper Nyovest performs for the 1st time at Kitchener’s Carvery. He brought you ‘Gusheshe’ feat okmalumkoolkat and now his latest hit single ‘Doc Shebeleza’ with over 50,000 downloads. Winner of song of the year, best single, video of the year at last year’s SA hip-hop awards.”

Doc Shebeleza

Doc Shebeleza

Check out the gig.

Peace. ONE.

The Guide.