South African rapper Push Push drops the past with her latest EP “No Gods”
For about a century, artists from all over the world have converged on Los Angeles to seek their fame and fortune. It’s a never-ending gold rush, even if most prospectors walk away empty-handed, their pockets turned inside out.
As it stands, the underground South African rapper and singer Push, push (Nicci Saint-Bruce) has his hands full and his pockets are getting bigger. But when she first left Cape Town, she never intended to move to LA. It just happened. Looking back, it was a stroke of genius. As the divisive musician gradually built her career in South Africa, with support from South African and international media (and even a song featured on Broad City), she could never have imagined the opportunities that lay ahead. would open when moving.
Push Push has gone from collaborating with some of SA’s top alternative artists like Thor Rixon and Alice Phoebe Lou to collaborating with artists like Pussy Riot (Nadia Tolokonnikova) and Tommy lee (with Fred durst production of the video), at the end of the fantastic No gods EP in collaboration with her husband, Moon bounce (Corey Regensberg).
“When I met Corey, we weren’t planning on doing something forever,” she told Ok Africa on a Skype call, “I had only been here a month. It was just this guy I had been flirting with on the internet for a while.” The lack of a future together allowed them to open up more than they usually would have done: “I was very painfully honest with him from the start, because I was like, ‘I won’t see each other again. never again, “just like He said to me, ‘This is my vibe,’ and I said, ‘This is my vibe,'” she explains.
Their vibrations aligned and she realized she might want to stay longer than a month. “And then we were like, ‘Well, if I’m going to stay, I might as well try to stay forever.'”
Tommy Lee – Tops feat. PUSH PUSH (Official Music Video)
It’s been three years since Forever and judging by their work together on No gods, both have chemistry. One of Push Push’s greatest strengths has been working with forward-thinking producers who push it artistically, and No gods sees it exceed the previous limits. She opens up creatively and emotionally as she uses EP to let go of the past and move forward with her life in LA.
Several songs are about exes in Cape Town. You might think it would be awkward to write songs about alliances with former lovers with your husband, but for Push Push, “It’s actually cool because Corey is an adult. And his parents are therapists. . So he’s, like, the most mentally understanding well-adjusted person I’ve ever met. “
Throughout the EP, Push Push oscillates between moments of vulnerability and daring. This duality is most apparent on “Slowly,” where she oscillates between pining for a lover who doesn’t piss off and being a real thug who claims that if she had a cock she would be Adonis. “This is about someone who wants to be with you, but not enough that they can just slow down and stay in one place with you. More like a derivative of a larger idea where I guess my main thought was, what all of those names are called as a woman, but if I had a dick, you’d call me a conqueror or a slayer. “
What initially appears to be bravado is actually a comment about the shame of sluts and the double standards women face: “I just thought if I was a guy I would be that Greek god. , like, the absolute conqueror of the opposite sex, but then it turns on me and it gets demonized – and that’s the thing people always remember you wherever you go. “
Push Push is conquering his music in 2020, managing to score collaborations with Pussy Riot and Tommy Lee. She had to balance both the new fans of the Pussy Riot collaboration on an anti-cop and jarring punk track (“ACAB”) and the hatred of old Tommy Lee fans who obviously aren’t as open to new ideas as Tommy. .
With “Tops,” Lee aimed to create a song that was driven entirely by the drums, with the bass drum playing the melody, which fits perfectly with the push push experimentation trend. It’s a true thumper and one of the most original songs in Tommy’s catalog, but, judging by the torrent of hateful comments on YouTube about the clip, his fans would have preferred him to just rehash his old folks. stuff.
“Look, I wasn’t expecting them to like me, but I wasn’t going to say no either.” She dozed off for a second, “I just wasn’t going to say no.” It’s rare to find a musician who would refuse to work with Mötley Crüe’s Tommy Lee, especially if that means being able to shoot a video with Fred Durst in the director’s chair. “I loved when Fred Durst and Tommy were on a track, it was a cool Methods of Mayhem moment,” she explains. “And I was hoping people would understand that. But they didn’t.” While the song and video were rejected by Tommy’s fanbase, Push Push doesn’t blame them: “Imagine seeing myself now for the first time and you see me in this video. : “Who the fuck is this female dog?” “
Photo by Beatriz Valim.
The Pussy Riot collaboration fared much better, gaining new fans for Push Push, but some were a little confused by the sounds of his EP compared to what they had heard on “ACAB”. “The people who followed me from Pussy Riot had only heard ‘ACAB’. So when my EP came out they were still following me and listening to it. I got a lot of messages from people saying ‘woah , I only heard the Pussy Riot song, I didn’t know you were like a pop person. Like, what’s the vibe? ‘ And I just say to myself: “I’m so sorry to tell you that there is no prescribed ambiance.” “
Having no prescribed vibrations is what allowed Push Push to thrive. As a fan you never know what’s coming next, but knowing Push Push it’s going to be unlike anything she’s done before.
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