“Fresh for 1652. You suckerrrs!” hollers Cape Town emcee Isaac Mutant in a revisionist nod to the KRS-One of yester-year – staring out of his window like Malcolm X, with an Uzi in his right hand and a heavy dose of paranoia hidden behind his sunglasses. Yet unlike that depiction – somewhat staged – Mutant’s 1652 reference is as real as it gets. It marks the beginning of oppression for his people – the First People of the land, the Khoisan. Repeated abuses and plots to shut them out of the national dialogue have led to widespread feelings of discontent among that community.
Extra: Here’s an extract from Roger Young’s profile on Isaac Mutant:
“He’s tired of the boom-bap beats and the calls to consciousness. ‘For me personally, the hip-hop industry in South Africa is kak boring’ he tells me. ‘It’s poes boring, nobody comes up with edgy fucken ideas and gets kakked out and get fucken thrown out of the club. I want to have bergies on stage with me and must sommer just take a shit, right there, on the stage.“