All posts by Hagen

Rap beef? Beef rap!

There is no more credible sign that hip-hop has taken over popular culture than the fact that rap is now considered a serious marketing tool for just about every brand you can think of. No longer confined to any ghetto, hip hop is pretty much as mainstream as it gets […]

We need better ears…

In my work as a writer, I do a fair bit of transcribing interviews. I do it manually, playing and rewinding like it’s the 90s. What I have found, when listening back and transcribing an interview, is the fascinating phenomenon of being able to really listen to the conversation again. […]

The New Frank Talk

By Hagen Engler It might not seem that way, but South Africans are closer to understanding each other than we’ve ever been. Of course we abuse, hate and exploit each other too. But it was ever thus. Only now are we honest about it. SA Twitter, once a cosy clubhouse […]

AKA: A Tight Radius

Supermega, that most Jozi of Jozi rappers, was born in Cape Town, which makes him even more Joburg! He drops some bars on African consciousness, political awareness and that dope-ass Total in Bryanston. By Hagen Engler [This piece first appeared in The Note at the Red Bull Music Academy Weekender […]