The local hip-hop scene is hotter than it’s ever been and it’s thanks to artists like KiD X who are changing the scene for the better. The rapper has gained a large following since he burst onto the scene and his album ‘3 Quarter Pace’ has been flying off the shelves. The rapper recently dropped his brand new single ‘iPati’ which features guest vocals from Kwesta. The track serves as the lead single to his highly-anticipated upcoming album. I sat down with the rapper and discussed where his passion from music started from, the new single and how he prepares for a live show.
Your career is on fire right now! Tell us, where did your passion for music start?
My passion for music started in the 90s. I grew up listening to a lot of Kwaito. My Dad would also play a lot of music on his record player so I grew up with music around me. In 2003, I had a chance encounter with the movie 8 Mile and that sort of steered me towards hip hop.
What is it about hip-hop that speaks to your soul?
The culture. Hip-hop, for me, serves as a medium of expressing myself. Whether it be through the stories in my music, the fashion, the slang, the graffiti etc. All those elements spoke to me and made it easier for me to tell my story.
You’re about to drop your new album. What is different this time around?
I’ve grown from my previous project. I’ve gotten a chance to travel and experience different parts of Africa. The sound is not just limited to a South African audience which is why I’m very excited about it.
Can you tease some of the upcoming collaborations?
Yeah. Acts like Shekhinah, Youngsta and Ycee from Nigeria appear on the album amongst others.
Hip-Hop is vastly about collaboration. Why do you think collaborations are so important in hip-hop music?
Collaborations unite fan bases. I particularly enjoy mashing up different energies and seeing what the end result is.
You recently dropped iPati with Kwesta. What inspired the song?
iPati is a record I have had since 2014. It’s inspired by the fact that South Africans love having a good time. I really just wanted to capture that whole vibe in a song and I’m so happy with how it turned out.
You’re performing all over the place at the moment. How do you prepare for a live show?
I make sure that I’m in good spirits so I’ll listen to all my favourite tunes. It’s mainly about mental preparation for me and making sure that I’m well rested before every show.
What do you think it is about you as an artist that makes you unique?
I’m always pushing the boundaries with regards to my sounds, flows and how I mix up different languages.
You’re dropping an album soon but what else can we expect from you over the next few months?
Expect more visuals, website, KiD X merchandise and crazy live performances. Oh, and the new album of course. I’m excited for everyone to hear it.
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