It's no doubt that The Hustle can open doors for young up-and-coming rappers. Just ask people like Shane Eagle and BigStar Johnson, who are slowly making their mark in the South African hip hop scene. While the first season only saw male contestants making it to the final three, the females also held their own. Although they didn't get too far in the competition, Nelz, Genius.Illu and Deekay got Mzansi to notice their talent.
Genius.Illu, who hails all the way from Durban, made it to the top ten. She desribed The Hustle as one for the biggest things she's ever done in her life. "Great experience... I appreciate everything that I got to see here," she said in an interview with Vuzu Digital. Genius.Illu will tell you that being on The Hustle teaches you a lot of things. "What I'm getting out of this is, as a human being you need to always be humble, discpline, be ready for a challenge, be strong, be powerful, accept what is supposed to be accepted..."
She took all those lessons and made sure that she ups her game. The MC has just dropped a new EP titled "Beyond Colour". You see, Genius.Illu has been putting in the work.
Deekay, who admitted that she messed up (which led to her leaving the show), also described being on The Hustle as a great experience. "It was a great opportunity and I'm greatful. From the photoshoots, to the profiles, I learnt a lot. Just being around here I learnt a lot," she told Vuzu Digital.
Since leaving the show, she has been doing what she does best - music. Back in February, Deekay shared some music on her Instagram page.
An then there was Nelz, who was the last lady to leave the house. In her exit interview, the rapper pointed out that her lyrical content is was cost her the game, and promised to work on it.
She told Vuzu Digital that she learned a lot about herself from The Hustle. "As soon as I left the mansion, I hit the studio with my team at @MaguduMusic and started working on new material. I have been doing radio interviews promoting my upcoming single and now its just all about business and making sure that when the music is out there me and my team eat."
Nelz also worked on an unofficial single called Uber. She explained that the title is the ultimate concept of the song. "It basically talks about how I rely on an Uber to get me around town whether it's to the hottest party in town with some friends or to a gig I'm booked to perform at the Uber is on speed dial."
She described the song, which was produced by @drumzbysandy and the team at @MaguduMusic, as a youthful tune aimed at the vibrant crowd that enjoys having fun and dancing. "The people will love it no doubt," she added.
How far will the ladies go on the upcoming season of The Hustle? Catch the season premiere on Monday, 17 April at 19:30, on #VUZUAMP.