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Rapper’s Hip Hop promise


Mohalenyane Phakela

UPCOMING rapper, Sekake ‘Big Ex Dsensi’ T?iame believes he has what it takes to return Hip Hop back to its glory days through the fusion of the old school boom bap and the current sound which will be utilised in his forthcoming album.

With the first single OTS (Old Time’s Sake) which is already receiving airplay on local radio stations, T?iame intends to give the market a glimpse of what to expect from his forthcoming debut album to be titled 23.

T?iame told Xpress People in a recent interview that Hip Hop was fading as catchy rhymes and beats have become more important that the message in rap songs.

OTS is an old school-flavoured song which reminisces on the golden era of Hip Hop when songs had so many different messages to pass on than rather entertain people like the music done these days,” he said.

“Boom Bap is somehow being replaced by the modern sound of loud beats and catchy rhymes that do not make sense and there are less cautious rappers that still deliver these days.

“There are a lot of people who still yearn for that 90s sound so through 23 I wish to take them back to the time of real music.

“Although Hip Hop may not really go back to the 90s era, I believe the sound that I am making will appeal to people who loved that sound as my work is a combination of that old sound with the current, much like American rappers J Cole and Kendrick Lamar are doing.”

T?iame broke into the industry in 2008 while still in high school and started recording the following year, downloading beats from the internet.

Greatly inspired by the likes of WuTang Clan and Notorious BIG, he told the story of his home town of Hlotse in Leribe district.

At the National University of Lesotho in 2012, he formed the Pathfinders group with fellow rappers Primstone and Dingz which was more focused of cyphers and freestyle raps.

“In 2015 I released my debut single titled Be Careful Who You Trust which was inspired by hardships of life, mostly trust which had become a rare commodity amongst people.

“I did other tracks such as HTown Representing but my school work could not allow me to fully commit to the industry so I had to put everything on hold until I completed my studies and now that I am done and just waiting to graduate next month, I decided to start working on my calling, which is music.

“I have to tell people a story of self-consciousness, beliefs and the power of dreams. There is no dream too big as long as one believes in the power of dreams and working hard to achieve them. People should rest assured that 23 will be a powerful project of real Hip Hop,” he said.

T?iame studied Human Resource Management and said that he intends to the skills he acquired at NUL to develop his music career.

“It is true as local artistes we always complain of the lack of market and foreign artistes being given priority over us. But I believe no good product can sell itself so it is up to the owner to push hard. Those who made it did not do that overnight but worked hard to be there.

“I also want to see my music go global but I do not intend to relocate to any country to achieve greatness. It is for us Basotho artists to develop our own industry and not run away,” he said.

He also indicated that tracks to look out for will include Miss Me When I’m Gone, Vatican Late Nights, Kea Morata and Gangsta Party.


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