From running on the promenade to knowing which year some of his thrifted items of clothing were made, and being a plant-dad – this Cape Town-based rapper is full of surprises.
Mike pulled up to his place in a car full of plants – maybe not full – but the car to available space ratio was skewed towards the greens lined up on his backseat. We headed inside his home and chatted. He had had a busy day but was still so full of good vibes.
His kitchen and living room contain a variety of plants. Delicious Monsters run the show with some succulents competing for attention. It's refreshing to be in an interior that houses nature.
Mike explains that when he performs, his outfits start heavy and end light. As the performance continues, his outfit changes move towards being more casual. It comes from practical reasoning: the longer you're on stage the hotter you start getting. While you're up there, having the freedom to move doesn't hurt either.
‘You don't want to feel mismatched or awkward on stage,' says Mike of his performance gear. His rule with clothing is pretty simple. ‘I usually ask myself if I can afford to lose whatever I'm wearing,' he says. Basically, Mike tends to ruin clothing, especially on stage, one way or another. So, it just makes no sense to risk wearing something he might be bleak about ripping later.
"I usually ask myself if I can afford to lose whatever I'm wearing"
His sneaker collection is stressful. It's like a third branch of PUMA SELECT. Just a bunch of form stripes and messy collaboration kicks with The Cat. It's beautiful and also a visual representation of the relationship he has had with the sports brand for well over a decade.
At some point, we moved from his home to the studio. It's wild to think he used to work as a pizza delivery guy. In fact, he used the dough he made from it to buy his first microphone. He has a collection of old-school microphones – Mike's MICs – you could say. His studio is filled with sound equipment and synthesizers from the ‘60s and ‘70s. While we're sitting there, he points to several pieces of equipment and rattles off the year they were produced in. His enthusiasm is apparent and It's enjoyable to take it.
Mike is super approachable. He's nice. In a world where so many people are difficult and abrasive, being able to be described as being nice, as an all-encompassing term, is rare. Let's consider it to be something along the lines of a redefined luxury.