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South African Rapper 22 is Serious about Her Craft

She’s bold, she’s daring, and she’s even a little old school, which makes her ascendance on South Africa’s rap scene something truly exciting. Known as 22, musician Thuthu Kumalo, has been burning up the airwaves with her newest song and video release, which was inspired by the Matrix. There is power in simplicity, and “I’M THAT GIRL” is uncluttered by too many heavy and conflicting beats. Instead, 22 pounces on the track with her tight flow and ease. The “I’M THAT GIRL” music video is a nail-biting crime thriller, which features 22 as a gangster in the midst of a heist with her entourage. The visuals for ‘I’M THAT GIRL’ were inspired by the classic sci-fi movie The Matrix, and shot in Kwa-Zulu Natal’s South Coast, according to Slikour On Life. 22’s raw lyrics and old school beat are reminiscent of a nostalgic, bygone South African hip hop era.