Mo'Molemi: From rapping beats to wrapping veggies

2015-05-31 17:00
Mo' Molemi (Instagram)

Johannesburg - As a veteran rapper, and now a farmer, Mo'Molemi knows all about beef!

The man they call "The General" has been around the hip hop block a few times and has a word or two to say about the industry and its stars today.

"The hip hop industry is gaining some real traction and you have to be excited about that," he says. 

"Hip hop used to be a poet's game. A place for the wordsmith, but it's become too fashionable.  Now a guy can jump on stage in shiny sneakers and he's an MC. It's less about the struggles of everyday life than it was in my time," he says.

He also questions the intensity of beef in the industry, saying that a little bit of beef is good but that it has to be relevant to the game.

"You can go about rapping without being personal. Be respectful to your brand and the people who follow it because the day you are no longer the man of the moment, it will be those people who will keep you going," he says.

But Mo'Molemi has more important things to worry about. 

Not only is he working on new material, he's also working hard on his other love - farming.

Still, he says finding a balance between the two is hard.

"It's the most difficult thing. I didn't think it could be possible. It's like the two can't exist next to each other and they really don't. Both sides of my career have suffered a lot because of the time I have to give to each but somehow they've met at a point," he tells us.

But, like he says, a man's got to do what he's got to do to eat - even if it's fresh produce from the farm...

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