Gigi Lamayne talks to us about her latest Mixtape, The Colour of Reign.
Tell us a bit about your new pre-album Mixtape?
The Colour of Reign mix tape album is a culmination of a two year project that is intended to showcase my diversity and growth as a musician. It is also meant to prove to the South African music industry I have what it takes to take SA Hip Hop to the greater level despite my gender and age. The mix tape features a lot of acts from around southern African countries as my eventual target is global domination. The album was executively produced by Shayzar and his production crew named Mix Masterz International, alongside top S.A producers Dynamic, Neo Beats, Tuxman and J-Twinn. It features artists such as Zakwe, Rashid Kay, Infa from Skwatta kamp, Kruna, Maraza, Fimo the beat boxer, Captain FS, Siya Shezi, Karma YungMarley, Cindy Munyavi , Tumi (of the volume), DJ Naida and many other big names from around Africa. The album is available online via iTunes. You can also preview a minute of some of the tracks here.
So a pre-album mixtape is…
So a pre-album mix tape is basically a concept album, an imprint or a general outlook of what the forthcoming album should be. More importantly it is the definition of my brand, the act and the artist Gigi Lamayne.
When does your full album release?
For now we have just dropped this mix tape which has sixteen tracks plus to add to that, we have exciting new singles and music videos on the way. So to speak of the proper album when we have all this is a bit premature for now. We would not want to pre empty our grand scheme.
Tell us about the inspiration for the name of your pre-album mixtape?
I was at a point where I was unsure of what people expected of me after winning the Hip Hop awards. I felt the pressure of having to maintain the credentials I had attained throughout the past year; however I didn’t possess the exact formula for being the best female out there. I didn’t know where I was going but I knew where I was coming from. My vision for this mix tape felt like a blank colorless canvas, like the colour of rain. Hence, the album title was somehow inspired by that blank “colorless feeling” but also the feeling of being able to conquer the said “colorless feeling”.
What are some of the inspirations for some of your tracks?
The inspirations come from the trials and tribulations I have gone through as a female Hip Hop artist and to a certain extent my own private life combined with the joint experiences of family and friends I have witnessed.
Do you have any favorite tracks on this mixtape?
No favorites, they are all my babies :). I love them all in a different way and each track means a lot to me and was definitely meant to be there. It is a very introspective album if you get the chance to listen to it.
Thank you for the interview