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Local artist ‘SKAY’ aims big Featured

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Local artist 'SKAY' aims big Local artist 'SKAY' aims big

As South African Hip Hop evolves, more and more aspiring rappers are emerging onto the scene and trying to make a name for themselves through their craft.

One such talent is Sibusiso Khumalo, who’s known as ‘SKay’ in the rap circles. The 23-year-old,  has been rapping since 2011 and is determined to make it in the City of Gold, where dreams either come to fruition or get shattered.

Describing himself as “young, ambitious, talented and hardworking”, the pint-sized rapper doesn’t seem to like being boxed into one category and he quickly points out saying, “I’m a musician, not just a rapper because I can do all genres”.

During a time where Hip Hop has gravitated towards the ‘Trap’ sound, the influence of trap is very evident in SKay’s sound, which is fused with a mix of vernacular and English rhymes and flows that are switched with ease. He acknowledges this by saying that, “I’m trying to bring trap and rap at the same time”.
Hailing from Clau-Clau in Mpumalanga, SKay has gone through his fair share of obstacles and challenges, one of them being the issue of Payola where some musicians often have to pay a bribe in order to get their music playlisted on major radio stations.

Drawing inspiration from rappers like J.Cole and AKA, SKay has taken considerable time to educate himself about the business side of the music industry by attending music workshops by Samro and RiSA.
“I’m still trying to build the brand ‘SKay’ before signing to any record label” he says, being aware of the fact that he’s still in the development phase of his career and in no rush to sign a recording deal.
SKay who juggles the music with interning at the Department of Education, has huge ambitions for his music career and has begun working on new music.

“I’ll be releasing an E.P soon, I’m not sure when. The E.P will be titled Dollar P because most of the guys featured on the E.P are the guys from Mpumalanga, my hood and the production will be done by Dollar Productions”.
‘SKay’ is definitely a name you should familiarise yourself with as he’s one to look out for in the future.

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