#5:. Miss Celaneous
“With sexually charged lyrics, punchlines to boot and metaphors for days…[Miss Celaneous] aims at liberating woman from all walks of life,” is how Cape Town-based emcee, Miss Celaneous’s press biography goes. The lingerie-clad, deep-voiced rapper’s style in her latest video “#CheckMeOout”, shows just this, as she evokes the sultry imagery and lyrical finesse of rappers like Foxy Brown and Lil Kim. The founder of her own clothing label, #Tsak Apparel, Miss Celaneous has been featured as a fashionista on television channels like MTV. The rapper, who waxes lyrical in English and Cape Town slang, says she “started rapping six years ago. But it’s only recently that my music is out on radio. The difference now, from six years ago, is that I’m pushing a lot harder and I’ve discovered a formula, which I’m sticking to.”
How would you describe your style of music?
My style is authentic to Cape Town and its slang. I rap how I speak. I’m trying to promote Cape Town and Cape coloured culture. I’m very proud of where I come from and what I do. And the beats have to speak to me so that I can write to it. If I’m not feeling it, I won’t put it out.
Care to share your thoughts on the South Africa’s hip-hop scene?
To be honest with you, I’m extremely bored with the game at the moment. There’s only a select few that are pushed to the fore and those few, I feel, are not the best in the industry. There are so many other people who are better but in SA there isn’t really a chance for the underdogs to be exposed because of the industry’s lack of infrastructure and money. But I’ll shake things up this year.
So you’re offering a solution?
What do you think about being a woman in the SA rap industry?
It’s kind of like a win or lose type of thing. There’s so few of us, but what some people tend to do is pin us against each other because it seems as though there’s just room for one. That’s quite unfair because there are so many male emcees out there, why can’t there be options for female rappers as well. There are a lot of dope female emcees, but we didn’t really get the platform. However, recently that’s changed quite a bit, which is pretty cool.