5 Things we learnt from Thato Saul on #TheElement with The Pristine Queen, Azizzar

Pretoria rapper, Thato Saul, kicked it on The Element with The Pristine Queen, Azizzar and chopped it up about his latest full body of work titled #LifeIsGangsta, which dropped on 10 June 2022.

The rapper who is on quite the rise spoke about learning and unlearning as he grows as a rapper; his philosophy and role models on love; themes on the album Life Is Gangsta as well as the deeper meaning of the album title.

Here are the 5 key things that we learnt from, and about, Thato Saul: 

  1. The song ‘Deep In The Mix’ featuring Tron Pyre is special and sentimental for him.

“My favourite feature was the Tron Pyre feature because that’s who I started doing music with. So, finally, I put him on a project.” 

  1. Modimo Ohla Pheli is his favourite Thato Saul song so far.

“It has everything. Everything that I stand for is in that one song”

  1. Members Only is one of his most significant projects 

“Members Only was supposed to be my final project [but] I think it was the reception of that one [that changed a lot of things]. It was just meant for my neighbourhood but then people from outside started liking things that were meant for just a few people so I was like ‘let’s keep going’”.  

  1. Thato Saul is undergoing a huge unlearning & transitioning process, personally, as a result of being a rapper

“I’m trying to change how I react – I mean we walk around with scars on our bodies because of how we react. So, now I’m trying to find a different way of reacting to things. When I’ve figured that out, I’ll find a way of moving forward with people, especially in this industry – which is tough”. 

  1. Life is the most Gangsta thing

“I said ‘Life Is Gangsta’ because there’s nothing harder than this life. The Gangsta is seen as the tough guy, the clever guy – life is exactly that.  There’s nothing tougher than life. I don’t care how much money you have; I don’t care how tough you are – it’s very tough. Life, itself, is the most gangsta thing ever”.



The Element is presented by The Pristine Queen, Azizzar, and broadcasts every weeknight from 18:00-20:00, CAT, all #ForTheLoveOfHipHop.

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