MASERU – Local artiste L-tore is a man on a roll.
In an exclusive interview with the Sunday Express on Friday, L-tore paid tribute to the role being played by South African hip hop artiste and producer TeePee.
He said his collaboration with the South African artiste was beginning to pay off.
He said working with Tee Pee had not only resulted in a better musical product but had brought him fame and recognition in South Africa and the region.
“The collaboration with TeePee is doing me good. He mentions my name during (radio) interviews and this is going to help my career to blossom,” L-tore said.
L-tore’s career has been on the up since he released his solo mixtape, Just for kicks, in August last year.
But he says his biggest break came when he gave a “killer performance” while acting as a supporting artiste at a local album launch in Maseru last May.
He said a month later, he was roped in to perform in Swaziland.
From there, things have been good for him musically, he said.
“I formally met TeePee in Swaziland and he already knew who I was because we had performed at the same gig in Maseru in May.
“We approached him after that gig hoping to establish future working relations with him but after I performed my set he approached me for a possible collaboration on his upcoming album,” L-tore said.
“He told me he was impressed by my music and the production quality.
“We went on to collaborate on two tracks, Dear Music and Like You Don’t Know (at it), one of which I produced,” he said.
He is already collaborating with TeePee on an upcoming remix.
“The beat of the track I produced was initially lined-up for my second solo mix-tape but he loved it and I gave it to him.
“All that is pending right now is to formalise our collaboration so I that can be recognised for my work.”
L-tore said the chance to work with TeePee had been a learning curve for him.
“I have been around for some time but it is only now that I am seeing my talent paying off,” he said.
The rapper said he was learning a lot from working with TeePee.
“TeePee is very unique and he has helped me to think outside the box in terms of production. He has helped me to channel my creativity and now I am not only an artiste and a music producer but I have also developed writing skills.”
L-tore said he was currently working on his second solo mix-tape which will be released next year.
“I am working on another mix-tape. I don’t want to bore my fans with the same tune hence my aim to expand as an artiste and maintain consistency,” he said.
“I would also be featuring TeePee and hopefully other artistes from South Africa. I am also going to feature local ‘cats’ in my circle.”
He said on the local front he had teamed up with local rapper, Mr Maps, and Nuch on a project they call themselves Royale.
They are set to release an 11-track album titled Show me yours next year.