“I’m an emcees emcee, I’m a hard-core hip hop head…emphasis on the word LISTEN.” REZ PROPH, EMP MUSIK, KZN SOUTH AFRICA
Meantime, back in Empangeni, establishing and maintaining some East Coast esteem, MNCEDI “REZ PROPH” KUNENE…
Name: Rez Proph a.k.a. knowledge
Area you represent: Empangeni/RichardsBay to Durban city
Skill/profession/relationship to Hip Hop: I am an emcee and a poet, songwriter, performer
When and how did you get involved with Hip Hop culture?
I fell in love with hip hop at a very young age, it has always been a part of me, and it also helped raise me in a sense. I started getting involved and writing my own music at the age of 14. My first track ever recorded was when I was 16, so I would say I really decided to pursue this and get involved around 2003/4
What is your current involvement/association with Hip Hop?
My current involvement with hip hop would that of an emcee, I rap, that’s what I do and believe strongly in the values and true essence of the culture and what it means to me as an individual. I’m an emcees emcee, I’m a hard-core hip hop head. I believe strongly in keeping the true art alive but I’m still trying to grow and learn, I do not want to just make music for the heads, there’s more to hip hop than who killed who on a track, who got punch lines and proving you dope every time you write a track and how you murder beats, who is faking and who is real, I got too caught up on that and I’m tired of complaining about the state of hip hop, the “authors scribbling’s” mixtape is me taking a look at me and what hip hop means to me and what I want to achieve through it. I want to make music that can teach, touch souls and enlighten. So in a nut shell my involvement is that of a traveling man, I’m still trying to find me through hip hop.
Are you working on anything right now? Any projects we should know about or be watching out for?
I’m working on the new mixtape “the authors scribbling’s”, also the album, and I’m also going to be involved in the launch of a new hip hop brand of clothing, the brand is Hruki, they basically make t-shirts and sell them at musica and sport scene and upon purchasing the t-shirt you get a cd compilation with various artists, they have been doing rock and other genres , now they branching into hip hop so look out for that and I’m also looking to shoot a video this year.
Why should people listen to your music/access your work?
Well if you a hip hop head and appreciate the culture, you should definitely listen. I’m not going to say I’m the best or what not, but we are individuals and hip hop is who we are so when you play my music you getting to know me, rez, I might tackle concepts that have been tackled before or rap about things the next rapper has rapped about but he cant do it like me and I cant do it like him, I take pride in my work and really love what I do, heart and soul incorporated, I’m a fan too so there is no way I would make music I wouldn’t want to listen to, so best believe when you listening to a rez proph track you wont feel you wasted your money, I do not rap like nobody you know, I rap like me, I’m yet to be told “you sound like so and so”, my style is all me, of course I have influences but I try keep it about me, and I know not everyone is going to relate but those who do and understand what I’m about will not be disappointed. So they should simply give me a chance and listen, emphasis on the word LISTEN.
What do you think an artist’s responsibility is (if any) to their society?
Sometimes I think the responsibility put on us is too much to carry just for a segment of the world as a whole, artists are people themselves and they make mistakes, the same bad effect my music could have on people ,a horror movie would too. The same negative message lyrics might send, bad parenting could do. I guess what I’m saying is they say we’re role models and we should lead by example and so on but I was always told good parenting starts at home, Paris Hilton doesn’t have a responsibility in raising your child for you, what she does shouldn’t be used as a scapegoat for your lack of control over your kid. I feel that song Akon made called blame it on me says it all and points a finger back at society, I love those lyrics also love Eminem’s sing for the moment. ”They say music can alter moods and talk to you, well can it load a gun up for you and cock it too?”
What power do you have as an artist?
As an artist I have the power to speak and be listened to, but I doubt any of us make propaganda music (lol) maybe some do, but the listener has the free will and intellectual capacity to either agree with my views or not to, (lol) I do not make brainwash music, I cannot control how you react to it but I have the power to make you listen, what you do with that info is your choice, hence my answer to the previous question.
You get to record with any two South African musicians. Who would you choose and why?
I would choose M.X.O, I dig the way his voice sounds and his music, still not over that ‘sisteri ola kanjan lapho” track (lol) and the other would be A.K.A, simply cause of the buzz and hype around the kid right now (lol) I know, want to shine on his shine (lol lol) sue me, nothing but a strategic move, (lol) nah but really dude doing his thing and I dig it
What was the last music that you heard playing?
Was playing Lira in my uncles’ car on the way to town now now…
SPUR or braaivleis-at-home?
Braaivleis at home, I love creating memories with those I love
What are your current and past projects/releases?
I released ‘the Rezolution mixtape’ in 2010 and am currently working on my follow up mixtape titled ‘The authors scribbling’s mixtape’ which will be followed by my debut album ‘the last page of the first chapter’
What are your affiliations (record labels, music labels, crews, production companies)?
I am under the independent label known as E.M.P which also houses such acts as liquid k-zn and others
What are your links (websites, twitter, anyway people can find and follow you online)?
mncedi ‘rez proph’ Kunene on Facebook