Gigi Lamayne Seems to be Fed Up With South African Hip Hop:
Seven months ago, Gigi Lamayne revealed how fed up she is of the South African Hip Hop industry, but little did anyone expect her to just throw in the towel. The femcee has announced that she is done with the genre and is already exploring other genres.
Gigi shared that she was told she is too dark skinned and ugly to make it in this industry, and it usually the artists with such mentality. “I’ve had to fight since I joined This industry. Your artists Are worse though. They are traitors to the culture . I was apparently too dark and ugly to make it now people wanna smile ? Why?” She then asked for people’s support when she finally decides to expose the industry, “You industry is the pits SA. I hope you’ll support me when it’s all said and done.”
Now, she has called it quits! Gigi is no longer feeling the vibe with SA Hip Hop, so she decided to move on to another genre. Whether she will still be rapping, time will tell but imagine Gigi rapping on a King Monada type beat.
“I am leaving South African Hip Hop, and it’s conventional ways of doing things. I will be experimenting with other genres. King Monada and myself are currently in studio.. a few people from other genres,” she said adding that she wants to expand her brand from just being a rapper.
“I do feel like the Hip Hop situation in South Africa right now is a little toxic in it’s own ways, and not to say I am completely detaching from that, but I am definitely going to be in my own lane,” she concluded.
People gave her their full support:
“Proud of you. Don’t let anyone label or limit you. I am on the same wave. The whole point of being an artist is to create and give experiences to the ones taking you seriously visually and sonically. To keep challenging yourself. Notifications are turnt on queen. Fucking go off on them and beyond that.”
“Music as a universal language, it matters not which genre one does. The supporters that love you will forever be with you, expand, fly and do all that you want,” another follower said.
Blacklez gave her a piece of advise, “The path is your own, nobody else’s.”
Speaking to us a few months back, Gigi expanded on her tweets where she said the industry is toxic. “It comes with feeling that the industry is quite connection based. We’re superficial in the sense that we’re trying so hard to mimic American culture that we have forgotten how beautiful we are.” She explains. “I find it a Sho Madjozi and a Focalistic are the epitome of what South African Hip Hop should look like in terms of their sound. They both rap in their language but most of all, they incorporate the production and the sound into what I feel the standard should be.”
“I’m very angry at the South African industry because we find that talent is not the first thing being pushed now. Like I said, its connection based – who knows who and who is closing doors on who. It’s a very superficial space to be in until you become Indie and have your own team and then collaborate with a major label.”
“If you want to be happy in this industry just follow your rules. Listen to your fans and incorporate what you want to incorporate. Sadly, we live in a time when you don’t even hear the good music anymore because it’s been overshadowed by this influx of wannabe American rappers.” She said. “If you want to be respected in Hip Hop now, you have to be the one who mimics better.”