Cape Town: Women in Hip Hop

This video of Cape Town rapper Miss Celaneous, is the first in my series of six interviews with different South African Hip Hop artists who use their music to express their identity, and disrupt a cisstraight male centered genre.

In the above video, Miss Celaneous talks about her music, her identity and her inspirations. Miss Celaneous flips the sexist double standard on its head, through her use of provocative lyrics that demonstrate that sometimes, women are also guilty of “objectifying” men. She calls attention to the necessity for more women to participate in Hip Hop culture; stating that women must create unity amongst themselves and work together in order to take over.  She promotes and supports other women in Hip Hop, hosting events (alongside rapper Dope Saint Jude) like #WeLoveHipHop: Ladies In Hip Hop

Miss Celaneous is also an entrepreneur, running her own “unapologetically South African” clothing line, called #Tsak Apparel (http://www.tsakapparel.com/), representing Cape Town culture with attitude; printing local slang on to T-shirts.

I have spent a lot of time traveling back and forth between Grahamstown and Cape Town; there are so many artists in Cape Town creating progressive and innovative work.

On my last visit, I interviewed Push Push and Dope Saint Jude.

They performed in front of a green screen for the creative component of the interview.  The green screen has always been one of my favorite creative tools to work with in the digital medium.  It allows for spontaneity; you can do any gesture or action in front of the green screen, and then reimagine it into any context while editing.  It is low budget, yet limitless; you don’t have to worry about a set, because you can create the set and all the props in post-production.

Push Push

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Push Push challenges the underrepresentation of women in the popular music industry. Her music is aggressive, fun and shameless.

Listen to her most recent track, “Blood In”:

 

Dope Saint Jude

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Dope Saint Jude is an artist who is in complete control of her image. She writes her own lyrics, produces her own beats, and directs and conceptualizes her own music videos.  Her music emphasizes the power of self-expression, and encourages a way of being that negates and transcends gender-binaries.

Check out her music video Brown Baas :

In my upcoming blog posts, I will publish the finished Push Push and Dope Saint Jude interviews.

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