Stogie T

Tumi Molekane (born 16 August 1981) is a South African rapper and poet. He was the lead vocalist of Tumi and the Volume, that was officially disbanded in 2012.[1] In 2016 Tumi relaunched himself as Stogie T[2] and released an album called Stogie T which featured Da L.E.S, Lastee, Emtee, Nasty C, Nadia Nakai & Yanga.[3] He has 2 singles from the album. The first single "Diamond Walk" features rapper Nadia Nakai in the video. His second single from the album is called "By Any Means" which features a hook and verses from Emtee and Yanga.

Music career:
In 2005, Tumi recorded the song "Trade Winds" with Cincinnati-based rapper Main Flow. In 2006 he published his debut album, Music from My Good Eye, through his record label, Motif Records.

The album was later listed as one of the greatest South African albums of all time.

In 2006, he was published in the American literary journal The Subterranean Quarterly.

Tumi was also involved in the Dead Prez show around late in 2000 and also took part in the Black August tour to South Africa in 2001.

He has also performed with South African recording artists Blk Sonshine, Keorapetse Kgositsile, Watkin Tudor Jones, Lesego Rampolokeng. Saul Williams, Sarah Jones and Mutabaruka. He has also worked alongside Chinese Man, a French Hip-Hop crew, producing the album The Journey together in 2015.

In his book Stealing Empire: P2P, Intellectual Property and Hip-hop Subversion (2008), Professor Adam Haupt of the University of Cape Town analyzed the lyrics Molekane wrote for the Tumi and the Volume song "76", as well as others. Among Haupt's arguments are that contemporary hip hop music provides critical insights into the inheritance of violence in post-apartheid South Africa.

He contends that, despite commercial and often sexist imperatives in mainstream hip hop music, South Africa has produced a number of socially conscious hip hop artists, who are reluctant to compromise their art and political views. In 2016, he was featured on Ghanaian rapper M.anifest's album Nowhere Cool. In 2018 Stogie released Honey and Pain, which is the follow up to his eponymous 2016 album.

Albums

Lyrics

The Empire of Sheep (Deluxe Unmasked)