By Faith Haushona-Kavamba
HE famously became born-again two years ago, a commendable feat for a hard-core rapper, previously of the world.
Now, Slammer is ready to let his fans in and see the transformation he has made in the past couple of years with his latest album as a born-again rapper.
“The music from my current album is reflection of my growth… I have gotten to know myself and I am now comfortable with who I am,” Slammer said.
The album titled Real Nigga, has been in the works for a little over a year and is scheduled for release in October or November this year.
Having previously released two EPs (extended play- which contains a lot more tracks to be a single but is too short to be categorised as an album); this is the biggest and most extensive body of work that the rapper will be releasing.
“I wanted to give back to Namibians for all the support they gave me throughout the years and I believe producing this album was the best way to do so,” Slammer said.
He said that every track on the album documented a certain period in his life, which would allow for people to see how far he has come. He said this is why one of the singles to be released from the album, Real Nigga Talk, is not the stereotypical gospel rap people would expect of him now, but rather who he used to be.
Slammer said that each track on the album would be a gradual transformation, and by the time fans get to his gospel track titled When I Make It, they will begin to understand and respect his process as well as his journey through life.
“I not only want people to hear my transformation, but I also want them to see it so I am also creating videos for all 14 tracks on the album. Currently I have four complete music videos and we have two incomplete ones that are being edited,” he explained.
Apart from allowing his fans to see his life through his eyes, Slammer also said that the album was a way to heal from the wounds of his painful life experiences. Instead of sweeping them under the rug, the rapper said he was addressing them head-on in his songs so he can heal and be able to move on peacefully.
“I am headed in the direction of making clean gospel music. I do want to produce clean music (and spread the word)… I believe this is why I have the talent of music and that’s why I went through some of the difficult life experiences,” the award winning rapper said.
While he admitted that he felt like he is making great strides in the right direction, he said the process is not without its challenges. “The trouble I face currently is the fact that people are used to me as a hard-core hip hop artist. They are used to hearing about my street life so the cross-over is difficult, I can’t just spring it on them so it’s a slow process,” he explained.
But he was not discouraged by this because he said he was doing it for the right reasons, mainly to praise and thank God for the righteous mercies bestowed on his life.
Although he has received a good reception from his fans so far on the singles received and people are eager to buy the album, he said he would not be doing any promotional or tour work this year.
“I am not scheduled to perform this year, save for September 2, at the Zoo Park where I will be performing at Dallock’s album launch. Other than that I am busy with production, my goal is to stick to the promise of creating videos for all the songs,” Slammer said.
He said that he also chose to only do a handful of collaborations for the album so his message would not be drowned out by the voices of other mu s i c i ans on the album. He also said he would not have an official album launch when it was out because he wants fans to get to know the music for themselves.
“Compared to my EPs, the stories in my album are more relevant and the sound is more live, some songs were made with live instruments in the studio. I am aiming to uplift and inspire the youth,” Slammer concluded.
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