About three weeks before the release of her debut EP, Reimagine, Dope Saint Jude is all smiles. Her life has changed a lot in the past six months. The 26-year-old rapper from the Cape Flats is wearing a black leather dungaree, a Tommy Hilfiger sweater she says she bought at a thrift shop, and a pair of black Grasshoppers. The rapper was handpicked by M.I.A. to be part of a campaign video she was doing for the retail giant H&M to raise awareness for Recycle Week in April. Prior to then, she was broke and hustling. Juggling rapping and waitressing to get by. The M.I.A. gig allowed her to become a full-time artist. Saint Jude is using the money to finance the recording of her EP, including paying for a new laptop and a photoshoot.
Saint Jude’s dream is fast becoming a reality. Reimagine reveals a young artist whose hard work is starting to pay off. She’s dealing with her own demons, just like the rest of us, but chooses positivity to counter them. “This sad life wasn’t meant for me/ my gran’ cleaned too many houses just so I can dream,” she raps on the outro