Skebz-d to launch new al­bum

Lesotho Times - - Weekender - Mo­halenyane Phakela

SOTHO Hop sen­sa­tion, Skebz-d ( pic­tured), is set to launch his long-awaited al­bum on 11 March 2016.

Skebz-d, whose real name is Mokebe Mo­ha­soa, re­leased his last of­fer­ing, Money Cars and Girls, in 2013 un­der vet­eran rap­per, Papa Zee’s Big Bang Records.

The Naleli-based rap­per told the Week­ender this week that while the al­bum was a suc­cess, it did not put across the mes­sages he wanted to re­lay. Skebz-d said the soon to be re­leased The Real Skebz speaks about the is­sues he stands for. The al­bum will also be Skebz-d’s first of­fer­ing from his Sotho Hop Records la­bel.

“In Money, Cars and Girls I was ex­press­ing my views on the per­cep­tion most up-and-com­ing artists have of the Hip Hop in­dus­try,” he said.

“I was try­ing to show bud­ding rap­pers that there was more to rap­ping than striv­ing for money, girls and flashy cars.

“How­ever, I don’t think the al­bum achieved the in­tended pur­pose be­cause most peo­ple were only en­ter­tained by it with­out re­ally lis­ten­ing to the mes­sages it car­ried.”

The Ma­dito hit-maker said he took his time in work­ing on the new 16-track of­fer­ing.

“I started work­ing on the al­bum in 2013 to en­sure I per­fect my next de­liv­ery. The al­bum deals with is­sues we tend to turn a blind eye to at a per­sonal level and as a coun­try,” Skebz-d said.

“I dropped the first sin­gle ti­tled Rap Evan­geni, last month which caused a lot of con­tro­versy on so­cial me­dia with some peo­ple ac­cus­ing me of be­ing ar­ro­gant yet I was telling it like it is.”

He said an­other stand­out track from the al­bum was Man­goane Mpulele fea­tur­ing the late Lebo Mo­lapo.

“The song talks about the cur­rent political chal­lenges and how they are po­lar­is­ing the na­tion,” said Skebz-d.

“I have also tried to bal­ance the sub­stance with en­ter­tain­ment by in­clud­ing such up-tempo songs as Stha­lala. I have been per­form­ing of late and also be­ing played on the air­waves.”

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