Grim!

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Not only does he reap us out with his sensational sound, but our sights too with his incredible design skills. We’re talking about Grim the reaper aka Manxeezy, he is a musician, illustrator and explores his artistry  with his crew Milk Fam. On a busy afternoon we meet up with Grim to get to know a little more about his journey in the arts.

The brow raising name is enough to catch your attention, so we just had to ask him to reveal the story behind it. “I got the name Grim in high school, I was one of those moody kids that were always in black clothes, I had this gigantic hoodie which I used to pull over my head and one day somebody said you look like the grim reaper bra, and since then I’ve been Grim. As an artist I kind of took to the whole persona of the grim reaper in that I try to make sure I slay everything I touch. You will hear it some of my rhyme schemes that my main point when getting on a track is to kill it.”, and that is something we totally agree with.

So when did you realize that you wanted to make music, and how did it all start? “It was in 2009, we had been rapping for a few years until the day one guy came to boarding school with a whole mini studio with him. He was looking for rappers to work with because he produced. We started recording that year and I never stopped. I had a confidence problem at the time but my one dude wouldn’t let me allow that to hold me back, so he would keep pushing me to get better, if you could hear the things we recorded back then and what I’m cooking now, you will see the growth.” We have to admire the journey and growth of this game changer, that serves to remind us that if you believe it you will achieve it.

What has been your biggest achievement, your highlights since you started making music? “I have entered several rap competitions over the years, the back to the city 10k challenge, End of the weak, Jack Daniels scouts  and such but I have not won yet. Regardless of being in top ten a few times I don’t consider any achievement being accomplished by me yet until I come out as number one. Milk Fam got signed in 2012 to a label called Golden Sun, we didn’t get much content out so it felt like we were all finding ourselves, (the crew and the label). After the contract expired I realized we can do a whole lot more by ourselves as artists.”

So what’s next step in the journey for Grim, and Milk Fam? “Right now I’m trying to break out into the mainstream with this tape I’m working on ‘G Force’. We have been in the shadows for too long and this will hopefully catapult myself and my crew. Milk Fam as a unit is currently also working on a tape so on either end we are planning a takeover. We are unsigned and do everything ourselves, this might be slowing our process but we know it will be worth it in the end to have broken through as Indie artists.”

What are your words to live by? “Keep it moving. Take everything with a bucket of salt. If it’s meant to be it will be”

What would you say to fellow artists in the game? “With the way hip hop is shifting so constantly, I just want everyone to be able to evolve with it but also remain true to themselves.”

On that note, we’re looking forward to seeing more of Grim and Milk Fam on the scene.

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Written by Kea Mooka

Divine Intervention.

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“To thine own self be true.” – Shakespeare

We all get lost and confused a bit at some point of our lives. Not literally lost, it could be spiritually in most cases. It’s easy to lose a part of yourself as you travel the highways and byways of life. Have you ever felt that way? Many people do. It could be from a friendship or relationship breakdown, or emotional and mind fatigue.

Lost souls are people who are spiritually adrift. For whatever reason, these individuals have blocked the intuitive guidance coming from their higher selves. In doing this, they have also cut themselves off from feeling the infinite love of the universe, and this leads to being a loner, sadness and anger. Eventually you would find out that a lost soul’s life is very challenging for them, not being able to interact with their friends, or perhaps with their source. In most cases, they are unable to speak out about their dilemmas, have zero motivation to kneel down and say them to the Lord.

We Might Be Lost Without Knowing It

But being lost is not at all a bad thing – if you know you’re lost and you know how to benefit from it spiritually. Most of us consider being lost a bummer, highly undesirable or even terrifying. We all have important things to do, there’s not enough time in the day as it is, and getting lost is a major fly in the ointment of success, a monkey wrench in the gearbox of progress. In the Western world, where “progress is our most important product,” we are encouraged from our earliest years to know exactly where we are at all times and precisely where we are going. Yes, such knowledge is often desirable if not necessary, but not knowing is of equal benefit.

 That’s where you need Divine intervention

It is very important that we keep close to our sources, not only in times of sorrow and loneliness, but at all time. We are told to abide in the Lord and that he abides in us. We all have different believes that work out for us. I have always considered prayer for soul healing, finding my place, sacrament of replenishment and giving thanks to the Lord. Prayer is not an unknown entity. We all pray, but with some reflection on the subject we may be more inspired and therefore draw closer to the Lord and so become more angelic and better people.

Many people who take their time to pray would agree with me that prayer releases anger, bitterness and all that unwanted negative energy within us as well as receiving guidance we need. We may not know exactly what happens and how it happens, but something happens when we pray genuinely.

  • Faith encourages us to trust that we are held in divine care during our time of being lost.
  • Faith kindles our warning hope and assures us that God will never abandon us.
  • Faith continually invites us to trust that God is close, surrounding us with immense compassion even though our human emotions of loneliness are such that we cannot sense this abiding presence embracing us with love.

Written by Jolene Tshakane