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YoungstaCPT (26) riffs on coloured pride and the pull of the ’hood in his brand-new al­bum, which will be re­leased early in 2019. Catch him live in Jo’burg over New Year as a head­liner at this year’s Afrop­unk Fes­ti­val

Destiny - - Contents - BY Sheena Adams

All my life, I’ve had mu­sic play­ing around me. My mom lis­tened to a lot of deep house and lounge mu­sic, but my ears would al­ways prick up when I heard hip-hop, like The No­to­ri­ous BIG, Tu­pac Shakur and Mase. It was as if I be­came im­mune to other mu­sic and would ob­sess about these guys do­ing magic moves with rhymes.

I did my first open-mic con­test when I was 19. I re­mem­ber not be­ing shy. I mean, I couldn’t freeze up at that mo­ment. I feel as if I’d been prep­ping for it for years.

I draw a lot of in­spi­ra­tion from Wyn­berg, Cape Town, where I still live. It seems to me that most of the peo­ple who achieve fame and suc­cess can’t go back to where they lived when they started. For me, I never want that to hap­pen. I love be­ing able to re­turn to Cosy Cor­ner and stand where I used to hus­tle for money for gats­bies dur­ing high school.

For too long, Cape Town’s been as­so­ci­ated with coloureds who are ei­ther jok­ers or gang­sters, but the av­er­age 10-yearold in my area with a sin­gle mom is nei­ther of those things: he wants to be his own man and make it on his own terms. I say to brown youth: “The world is yours! Don’t stunt your growth and down­play your po­ten­tial. Look at the dif­fer­ent el­e­ments and facets of your­self and work on those.”

I’m fear­ful for the fu­ture of a lot of young peo­ple in Cape Town. They don’t see them­selves in enough po­si­tions of power. They don’t own prop­erty. Yet many of them are ac­com­plished peo­ple who dom­i­nate the arts and sports, from Lady Skol­lie and Ready D to Wayde van Niek­erk and Benni McCarthy. Coloured ex­cel­lence has al­ways emerged from rough places, but what hurts me is how much they had to achieve be­fore we re­alised who they were. They all had to be the best. Wayde had to beat Usain Bolt’s record. No­body talks about you un­less you’re the best.

My de­but al­bum is called Things Take Time, which is a damn good name for it! I’m not rush­ing its re­lease, even though it’s com­plete, be­cause I be­lieve that with all the al­bum drops this year, peo­ple have been spoilt. 2019 will be my year to put it out. I’ve cre­ated a mas­ter­piece whose mes­sag­ing and con­tent are too im­por­tant for the at­ten­tion of the au­di­ence to be lack­ing. Im­raan Chris­tian di­rected one of my videos and it’s a work of art.

At the mo­ment, I’m lis­ten­ing to 38 Spesh for his dope verses. It’s as if they were writ­ten by God they’re so clin­i­cal and pre­cise! Each word is placed for a spe­cific rea­son. I love that. I’m also lis­ten­ing to Fred­die Gibbs and Cur­ren$y. *Afrop­unk Jo’burg 2018 is back at Con­sti­tu­tion Hill, Braam­fontein, on 30-31 De­cem­ber. Visit: http://afrop­unk­fest.com/jo­han­nes­burg

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