Gigi Lamayne is making a statement in the Hip Hop scene and entertainment industry as a whole. We had a conversation with Gigi about her latest projects, the Gigi Gang Show, and breaking into the SA music industry – here’s what she had to say;
IceKream: You recently announced your one woman show called the #GigiGangShow, can you please tell us what inspired that move?
Gigi Lamayne: The inspiration for the show came from Hip Hop artists such as; Cassper Nyovest, AKA and Nasty C. This will be the first One Woman Show in Hip Hop History to be hosted in Africa by an African woman. I believe that in levelling out the gender driven industry, we begin to have this level playing field we have always dreamed of.
IceKream: How does it feel to finally have your own show? Is this something you always wanted?
Gigi Lamayne: It feels absolutely amazing having this show being planned and scheduled for 4 May. It is something I have always wanted on my to-do-list during my time on earth. I feel very lucky to be doing something historically definitive.
IceKream: You’re probably the most successful female Hip-Hop artist out there now. Do you think it’s harder to break through as a woman?
Gigi Lamayne: It is definitely harder to break in for a woman, but part of our DNA is to work twice as hard to get half of what they have so we will work four times as harder. Working hard allows us to equip ourselves with so much knowledge to be great and greater than most.
IceKream: Would you say that in South Africa, to succeed as an artist, you must be more of an entrepreneur like for example Cassper with his #FillUp concept?
Gigi Lamayne: South Africa wasn’t always easy for artist independence but Hip Hop artists specifically have shown that it is possible. Cassper has played a huge role in defining South African music entrepreneurs and the possibility of one being capable to run their own musical careers.
IceKream: As music distribution becomes increasingly digital, how do you see the music business in South Africa evolving?
Gigi Lamayne: I see artists through technological leaps, beginning to sell music in the digital spaces, eliminating physical distributors. Because of this, artists are able to monitor and invade unfamiliar territories.
Gigi Lamayne: The idea that there can only be one female in mainstream acts a time sickens me. I would change this stigma immediately.
IceKream: Can you tell us a little bit about the lineup for the #GigiGangShow, any of our faves that we should look out for?
Gigi Lamayne: The lineup is a secret, however, some of the strongest feminine voices in the hip-hop world, will be present.
5-scoops-of-facts you didn’t know about Gigi Lamayne:
Scoop 1: If you could have dinner with anyone in the world — who would they be and where would you take them?
Gigi Lamayne: I would have dinner with Michelle Obama, and I would take her to Sakhumzi in Soweto to enjoy authentic South African meals.
Scoop 2: Who are your creative influences / inspirations?
Gigi Lamayne: Bob Marley, Tupac, Brenda Fassie, Lauryn Hill, Da Brat.
Scoop 3: What’s your go-to karaoke song?
Scoop 4: Bungee jumping, sky diving or getting inked?
Gigi Lamayne: Getting inked
Scoop 5: In terms of career, what did you want to be when you were a kid?
Gigi Lamayne: I wanted to become a pathologist doing forensics act crime scenes.
For more info on Gigi’s upcoming projects and her one woman show, The Gigi Gang Show – follow her on the socials.