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Masego ‘Maps’ Maponyane is a 22-year-old student, model, TV presenter, actor, businessman and fashion commentator. And yes, you guessed it, he shares a surname with his famous father Marks Maponyane. This young hustler is not only a hard worker, but a HUGE hip hop head too.


Who’s your favourite hip hop artist?
Vast Aire

Describe your first memory of hip hop?
My first memory of hip hop is probably that of my brother introducing me to some great underground artists while I was still in nursery school, with punchline after punchline going over my head – well for the most part. After that it would also be the music videos by 2Pac, The Notorious, Kriss Kross and Naughty by Nature on MTV.

If you could do anything with Nicki Minaj, what would it be?
[laughs] Well after acquainting her with some grammar and language lessons, I would ask her to re-enact the moves from the ‘Massive Attack’ music video for me; and then of course one thing would lead to another.

List your top five favourite hip hop songs of all time.
This is a near impossible question for a hip hop head like myself, so off the top of my head, in no particular order:
‘Step-Father Factory’ – El-P
‘’Pigeon’ – Cannibal Ox
‘Work’ – RJD2
‘Blue Flowers’ – Dr Octagon
‘Juicy’ – The Notorious B.I.G.

What’s your idea of an ideal date?
I’m not picky when it comes to dates, but I would like to think up a meal to make with the person. After cooking it together, sit down and have a long conversation away from any interruptions and then watch a movie; nothing complicated.

Fact Box
–       He did a stint on Supersport as a presenter and commentator on FNB Classic Clashes.
–       He has modelled in SA Fashion Week for Loxion Kulca, Ephymol, Naked Ape and House of Olé.
–       He was named GQ’s Best Dressed Man at the number two spot in 2011.
–       The left Orlando Tower has a mural of him blowing a horn.
–       He’s currently studying English, French, Media Studies and International Human Rights at Wits University.
–       He was born in Protea South.
–       He loves to travel.
–       He dislikes selfishness, confrontation, narrow-mindedness, conversational narcissism, laziness and a lack of ambition.

Written by: Bridgette Makhela

  • jess

    trust me, this guy isn’t as nice as everyone thinks! he’s 80% everything he says he dislikes in fact!

  • mikela

    The most down to earth, loving, caring and genuine person!

  • Ummm no. In fact he’s possibly one of the best human beings I know. So not sure which planet you’re living on but clearly your concept of what a good person is a little off. He’s talented but at the same time humble, loyal and compassionate. Slagging someone off publicly? Not his thing. You however do not seem to have any qualms about it. Good luck with that.

  • amy

    agree 100% with the first comment from Jess except I would add, moody, self obsessed and two faced. Its not slagging someone off its the truth.

  • jess

    maybe you should question the great human beings you know, if he’s one of the best. there are much nicer and genuine people out there. not denying the talent but humble? that’s VERY debatable. i read another article about him saying how humble he is. sorry, but humble /modest people don’t go around saying how humble/modest they are. i’m surprised he didn’t mention it in this interview. Like Amy said, it’s not slagging someone off if it’s the truth. So excuse me if i don’t think he pisses gold stars and ice cream.

  • Robyn

    Deleted – multiple comments, multiple emails, same IP address and ‘Virgil’ is punting hobby-related spam. Quit talking to yourself. Admin

  • Virgil

    Deleted – multiple comments, multiple emails, same IP address and ‘Virgil’ is punting hobby-related spam. Quit talking to yourself. Admin

  • amy

    so only if the opinion is good, its not stupid ??? None of what was said was sarcasm….just opinion !!

  • admin

    I smell trolls. And spam. Comments are locked on this one.

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