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da L.E.S...
« on: June 13, 2008, 12:17:31 PM »
an article taken from Tonight...
Is it me or does the reporter sound like she didnt even wanna do this piece...


So Fresh and so Teen

Apparently, Da Les is the hot one in SA's most popular boy band at the moment, Jozi.

The girls swoon for his cheeky good looks and sense of style. He revels in the bling diamond earrings, the Ama Kip Kip clothing label and the ice cream shoes.
He can also rap and dance like no other crunkster and, on June 12, will release his first solo album, called Fresh to Def.
Without a doubt his first single off the album, Tippy Toes, is going to be the biggest thing among teenagers everywhere.

For older music fans, it is possibly the most irritating and most catchy song since Barbie Girl (I'm a Barbie girl, in a Barbie world). The video is set in a convent and has sexy school girl scenes la Britney Spears's Baby One More Time.
Da Les is also hooked up to http://les.ubyou.co.za, where fans can listen to snippets of the album and see outtakes of the video. They also have access to competitions.

Armed with all this information and having had the mispleasure of hanging out with Da Les over the last two years, I meet the over-eager 22-year-old in Melville. The plan is to spend a day with him and see exactly how a potential superstar spends his time.
"I watched the Man U vs Chelsea game last night," he says meekly. "I'm hungover and need lots of water."

His plans make for a long day. Aside from the Tonight interview, SABC1's Selimathunzi has booked an interview with him in the afternoon and then, after 6pm, he is on YFM for two hours. All this and he has a girlfriend, too.

"I love you, promise," he smiles on the phone. "I promise. Promise promise."
Damn, the young can be irritating. I glare at him and he ends the phone call.

"Honestly, you are the scariest journalist ever," he tells me. "But don't worry, when I am famous and E! Entertainment wants to do a True Hollywood Story, I'll tell them to interview you."
Oh yes, the irritation and the confidence of youth

Selimathunzi calls. They are at the studio, which is in a house in Melville that is rented by Bongani Fassie.
Da Les drives a 7 series Beamer, which happens to be his mom's. He plays a songs from his album, a relaxed R'n B-influenced track.

"This be gangsta music," he yells over the volume.
Yeah, right dude, it so makes you want to take out the uzi.

On arrival at the house/studio there is the usual crew of hangers- on, some working on computers, others just hanging out talking about the previous night's soccer.
The Selimathunzi crew are there with the show's presenter, Kaos. Bongani appears and offers everyone pizza . The shoot begins.

Kaos is quick off the mark. "We want you to make a new track!" he tells Bongani and Les. "Hey, we could even do a duku duku mixtape."

Les is in his element: "This is what we do every day. You gotta have a party behind the mic."

Bongani supplies the beat and Les the rhymes. It's as easy as A B C.
Within an hour, that is supplemented by much mirth, a song has taken shape, a song that could even be a hit. Les has a flow not many other rappers have. His confidence and understanding of his craft makes him stand out among his peers. Yes, it is kinda juvenile and squeaky, but it is commercial and it works. Straight outta America!

Later on that day, we go back to Melville's 7th street for a heart-to- heart. He answers my questions with careful honesty.

His father was the first black person to work in IT at IBM in the '70s. His parents then relocated to Washington DC, where Les was born. He grew up in Dallas, Texas, and moved to SA in 1993. He went to private schools and hung out with mostly white kids. He listened to Nirvana, rave music and got into rollerblading and skate boarding. Later he hooked up with Bongani at a skatepark and they soon became inseparable.

"They were always stealing at Brenda's (Fassie) place," he recalls.

"That first day, when we gave him a lift home, we arrived at her house and the door was open. We realised the house had been broken into again. Brenda was away and my mom said he must crash at our place and we've been friends ever since. I helped him with his skating and he helped me with rapping."

The two would hang out at skateparks and beatbox and rap together. The chemistry between them was electric and they soon became very popular.

"I don't want to be a dick," Da Les says of his success so far. "I want to have a level of class. I was raised to be nice and kind and down to earth. Even though I grew up in a house in Bryanston I'd still stay with my friends in Alex or Soweto.

"In my daily life I hang out at the malls. In terms of my clothing, I was always brought up to look good."

We move on to his album, which he says he wants to break internationally. Da Les is of the firm belief that he will be an international rapper one day.

"My album is called Fresh to Def, because it's like the sheeit, the definitive point. It's the absolute ultimate."

Da Les may sound like an American copycat, but the strange thing is he is exactly like his music. He is flash, he is fun, he is bling, he is superficial. And isn't that just what our youth are looking for?











Sounds like this was written with a can of haterade in hand... I had to SMh at the bold parts... explains a lot..



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plus they couldn't spit fire if they found that flower.. You don't move white you lyin' dogg/
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Re: da L.E.S...
« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2008, 12:19:54 PM »
Was this written by Therese Owen, by any chance?
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Re: da L.E.S...
« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2008, 12:24:54 PM »
Thats right Rob... I know her pretty well actually.. and for someone who is in Lances pocket... sounds like her journalistic integrity won. She couldnt even pretend like its not irritating.... lol @ that..
lil niggaz they ain't around that powder
They ain't Super or Luigi or Mario, ain't found that power/
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that's a neverending story without the white flying dog

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Re: da L.E.S...
« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2008, 12:27:51 PM »
Lance as in Stehr?

Hmmm. I agree with you that her journalistic integrity did win out here. No offence to her as your friend, but she knows bugger-all about hip-hop journalism. Anybody remember those cringe-worthy pieces on Skwatta Kamp? Blech.
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Re: da L.E.S...
« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2008, 12:35:40 PM »
Whoeve it is that wrote it, we can't say that we disagree with any of her opinions, can we?




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Re: da L.E.S...
« Reply #5 on: June 13, 2008, 12:43:26 PM »
haai! haai!
you know for someone who is smart and can actually rap
(as shown on ready D's decktale show),
i  am puzzled as to y any one would want to rap about being on your tippy-toes?

at my girls place last night, we happened to catch the vid on TV! i was flabbergasted by the lyrics/content (as i was too distracted @ the B-ball when they performed the song on a broken stage).

it went along the lines of "i get mine on my tippy-toes, i shine on my tippy toes"!

WTF is that? Who in their right mine gets anywhere standing on their tippytoes besides prima ballerinas?

this makes me mad!
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« Reply #6 on: June 13, 2008, 12:52:15 PM »
yeah.. I saw the vid as well...

I dont really have an opinion on this... I will say this though...
This 'catering to the teen market' thing is getting outta hand...
lil niggaz they ain't around that powder
They ain't Super or Luigi or Mario, ain't found that power/
plus they couldn't spit fire if they found that flower.. You don't move white you lyin' dogg/
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Re: da L.E.S...
« Reply #7 on: June 13, 2008, 12:53:22 PM »
i say good on whoeva wrote the piece :-*, it is rathr refreshing reading a piece that doesnt make me wana slit ma wrists and the blatant ass-kissing the journo is doing...
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« Reply #8 on: June 13, 2008, 01:11:17 PM »


I dont really have an opinion on this... I will say this though...
This 'catering to the teen market' thing is getting outta hand...


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Re: da L.E.S...
« Reply #9 on: June 13, 2008, 01:19:27 PM »
quite a favourable review i thought.

it goes without saying that les' music is not my cup of tea, but it's good for what it is.

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« Reply #10 on: June 13, 2008, 01:24:22 PM »
i thought the video was sloppy! shudve been off the CHAIN!
the single is fire! got dammit!!!!! u need a BIIIIIG VIDEO FOR THAT JOINT!
NOBODY GOT A SINGLE THAT DIESEL RYT NOW!
(except fo maybe JR's new single -Mathatha)
but yo that Journo sounds like an OLDER person tryin to hang with the youngns! lol. Of course she gone be annoyed! hahahahaha! ever tried hangin with a sibling 5-10 yrs younger than u? hahahahaha!!!! its not sumthing u can do for a WHOLE DAY!

Bad move by LES in participatin in that interview!
he need to get interviewed by the teen mags! yo -tv, k-tv n all those!

The journalist was funny tho,hahahahaha!(ie. the car is actually his MOMS!LMAO!why u gonna go an say that!lol) ;D

on the real tho TIPPY TOES is CRAZY! i love that shit!
Fuck it. Im on my tippy toes doin my damn thang.
Ima get hold of this mafucker! its the REMIX baby!

The release of this album is as anticipated as Weezy in the US!
I love it! a local hiphop album im actually lookin forward to coppin! is it out dammit? im gone check musica today! get that Weezy n Da Les!
Then yall can get that Crackboys Vol.2 June 30!!!!
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« Reply #11 on: June 13, 2008, 01:28:40 PM »
Haha. OK. ;D ;D

Aren't you worried, Cash, that one day when you're old and all your teeth are falling out and you're in an old age home that you will wake up one morning and go, "My God, I've listened to a lot of crap music in my life."?

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« Reply #12 on: June 13, 2008, 01:32:19 PM »
i thought the video was sloppy! shudve been off the CHAIN!
the single is fire! got dammit!!!!! u need a BIIIIIG VIDEO FOR THAT JOINT!
NOBODY GOT A SINGLE THAT DIESEL RYT NOW!
(except fo maybe JR's new single -Mathatha)
but yo that Journo sounds like an OLDER person tryin to hang with the youngns! lol. Of course she gone be annoyed! hahahahaha! ever tried hangin with a sibling 5-10 yrs younger than u? hahahahaha!!!! its not sumthing u can do for a WHOLE DAY!

Bad move by LES in participatin in that interview!
he need to get interviewed by the teen mags! yo -tv, k-tv n all those!

The journalist was funny tho,hahahahaha!(ie. the car is actually his MOMS!LMAO!why u gonna go an say that!lol) ;D

on the real tho TIPPY TOES is CRAZY! i love that shit!
Fuck it. Im on my tippy toes doin my damn thang.
Ima get hold of this mafucker! its the REMIX baby!

The release of this album is as anticipated as Weezy in the US!
I love it! a local hiphop album im actually lookin forward to coppin! is it out dammit? im gone check musica today! get that Weezy n Da Les!
Then yall can get that Crackboys Vol.2 June 30!!!!

We need a SMH smilie. Seeing as how this song is meant to cater to the teenie, little girl market and you love it so much, does that mean that you have the mind of a 13 year old girl?



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Re: da L.E.S...
« Reply #13 on: June 13, 2008, 01:34:13 PM »

Sounds like this was written with a can of haterade in hand...

I Gotta say that aint no can of haterade! - THATS A 2 LITRE BOTTLE OF HATERADE...

i actually gotta say... at first i wasnt convinced by dude... but i saw him freestyle on one of spencers vids... he is quite nice with the free!! i also saw him on decktales...he was on the show right emcee-k?

but he knws what he wants and gotta respect that....

HOWEVER... i dont mean to sip from this 2 litre bottle (maybe i do ;D) but i heard a song a song by

I.G. called Tip witcha boy (Get on your tippy toes)



LINK REMOVED/audio/124868699314df48/

dont it sound the same? wat u think? just saying..

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« Reply #14 on: June 13, 2008, 01:35:12 PM »
LOL Rob!
and LOL at Cash (cause i really dont believe that u could be serious with all that talk).

@ Cash: How old are you? if u dont mind me asking

if les was a kid, then maybe i could understand it...but his not.


(& didnt he bite that dance move from Dj Unks "Walk it out"!?)

« Last Edit: June 13, 2008, 01:39:27 PM by Enis21 »
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