“I’m rebuilding myself as a rapper and businessman”- K.O
is the album coming out?
The album is coming out at the end of
October this year.
can we expect from the album?
There’s a new approach in terms of sound,
it won’t be as gritty as the last one.
It’s more melodic and I’m doing other things vocally – it’s reminiscent
of the style I did back in the Teargas days
but giving it a modern interpretation.
has it been putting together the album?
I feel I was misunderstood and decided to
be open up. With this album, people are going to appreciate that they’re
getting to know me. They are going to know about my personal story, for the
first time I’m putting out a biographical album. From my parents to my upbringing
and siblings – you’re going to feel like you’re with me.
did you decide to open up now?
I’m looking at my legacy and I’m thinking
this is my 11th year in the music industry. People don’t know
anything about me beyond K.O from Teargas or K.O of Caracara. When I look at my idols like Jay Z you pretty much have idea
of his backstory and who his mother is. I feel if I can activate that wing in
my brand I’ll be able to resonate with people a bit more.
do you feel about the Cash Time drama?
When I created Cash Time it was a
selflessness thing. I decided I wanted to usher in other guys. I gave people a
chance to make a living and make a difference in their lives. As far as
business works, if someone wants to leave and feels they will grow elsewhere
you let them leave, and not hold them back. But when people turn around and
make it seem like I didn’t want others to shine, it wasn’t like that. The
module was based on what everyone brought to the table. It was never based on
‘you can give us a dud and we’ll throw money at it and make it to a Caracara’. It’s about the quality of the
you feel you don’t get proper recognition in the industry?
I do feel I don’t get championed in the game,
but if I was I wouldn’t be making this album. I feel with award shows, I do get
side lined. My last album was strong. Caracara
made history. But I’m not concentrating on that.
do you deal with negativity?
I think for the first time in my life I’m
working through my feelings. I even posted on social media about how I feel. I
feel like I’m working on the best work in my life and all that has made me dig
deeper in my creative tank.
else are you busy with?
I’ve got my clothing label that is coming
out called ‘Skhanda Republic’, based on my first solo album. I’m dropping the
spring collection really soon. I’m hoping by December it will be one of the
prime street clothing labels in the country.
I’m also busy with my own record label of the same title. But I’ve
decided I’m not signing anyone for now after the whole Cashtime saga. I don’t
want to be distracted. For now I’m rebuilding myself.