By Gift Munyanya
HIP Hop sensation KP Illest is not a newcomer to the music scene and he is here to bring a different flavour and style to the Hip Hop music industry in Namibia which seems to be moving at a snail’s pace. KP says despite its slow growth he has a deep passion for the genre as Hip Hop is poetry in motion and most artists use it as a tool to be a voice for the people.
“I am not an average artist and that being said one should understand that I am not trying to do what everyone else got their hands on. I want to be the voice for the youth who can’t speak out for themselves. My music is relevant and local. I want to inspire a painter, a model, or anyone else to do what they feel they want to do without shying away. I talk about things that are happening and affecting the community; it’s not materialist music but music that is relevant to the people,” said KP.
KP is currently in his last year of studies at the University of Science and Technology, pursuing a professional career in economics. He maintains a balance between music and education and this seems to be working out perfectly for him as he scooped an award at the NAMAs two years ago, and has been nominated in this year’s NAMAs for best live performance.
“As far as music is concerned, for an artist to stay on top of the game every time, there is a need to perform and drop new hit tracks from time to time or else your fans forget about you and that is not something that any artist would like. You need to prove to the people that you can rap and stay true to yourself ”.
Financial constrains hinder a lot of local artists from achieving their goals on time as one needs to pay for studio time and shoot quality music videos and even host shows, but if the budget is small then dreams would never become a reality until such a time when funds are available.
“I struggled to push out some of the work I had done because my budget was too small to cater for all that I wanted to do and later I thought to build a small studio at home just so I can record my own music and luckily Mshasho recognised my work and dedication towards my passion for good music and I got signed under the record label late last year,” explained KP.
The artist promises his fans hip hop music that is going to change the current view of what people take the genre for adding that fans should expect good music and quality videos and a line-up of shows. “I will be dropping a video for ‘Long live’ in three weeks’ time as an appetiser for the NAMAs and the album I am working on which I can’t talk much about at the moment but when the right time comes I will surely let everyone know of the exact date I will be dropping it.”
“Fans should understand that being signed to Mshasho does not mean I’m going to change but they should know that I am still going to be the same KP they know since day one and should expect something bigger and better as I am now working with people that have been in the industry for a long time who know the ins and outs of the music industry; and fans should vote to support the movement,” KP concluded
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