It’s no secret that KZN (New Castle) born rapper, Duboiz’s latest offering titled ‘Dope Dreams’ featuring Tyga is making waves nationwide right now. So as soon as we had the chance to have a sit down and chat with the Mabala Noise artist we did not waste any time. Below the 24 year old artist dropped some knowledge on what he’s learnt thus far, his upbringing and his plans for the future.
Dope dream is available on itune on the following link [ https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/dope-dreams-feat.-tyga-single/id1163807046?i=1163807374 ]
We at Ispeakhiphop would like to know your history, what’s the journey been like and how how did you get into the mainstream local Hip-Hop industry?
I started recording back in 2007/8. And if it wasn’t for Thabo Mlangeni, my cousin, there wouldn’t be a Duboiz. It’s been hard but it is what it is at the end of the day. I attended the academy of sound engineering where I met one of my friends who’s my DJ right now. At the time I wanted to do something independently because of all the negative history behind record labels.
How did Duboize and MabalaNoise come to work together?
Reality hit me; everyone in the industry knows you need financial backing. It’s hard out here if you don’t have money to manoeuvre ,record and take more . MabalaNoise simply asked “ what can we do to make your dreams come true “ that is what an artist wants . I have a song with Tyga and I’ve been to the USA twice in the space of 3months. You really have to start off somewhere and I’m grateful to Mabala Noise for believing in me.
Are we to expect more international features from you soon?
No, not yet. I don’t like to speak about things until they happen.
The feature with Tyga how did it come to be and was he the artist you were looking to work with?
At Mabala Noise we’re lucky enough to know a guy that knows a guy that side and earlier on this year my boss called me and said he’d try get me an international feature and try turn me into a superstar. I recorded a bunch of songs earlier this year and gave it to a guy with connections and sent songs to Tinashe, Chris Brown, Rick Ross and Tyga. And fortunately Tyga liked the song
With regards to keeping your momentum going what’s the next big track from you after the Tyga feature?
Obviously I have to discuss it with the label. But there’s a song I recorded with Anatii and it’s quite a banger so that should be up next.
Mabala Noise has quite a few artists that are doing very well right now. Do you feel the pressure to deliver because of what your peers have achieved?
I have to deliver because at the end of the day it’s a job, I’m an employee. I work for a company. But being associated with all those personalities just reminds me that we’re family at the end of the day. So I don’t really feel the pressure but I always try to deliver because it’s my job to do so. I stay in my own lane and do my thing because when you follow people you’re always a step behind
Which local artist would you love to work with and why?
It has to be Zola. He gave us hope. I come from a place where dreams hardly come true. There are no heroes where I come from but Zola has always kept it real and spoke positivity in his music. Zola is the shit!
How would you best describe your sound?
That’s quite tricky. My sound is local, South African and African. It represents me and where I come from.
What/who’s music are you currently listening to?
Sjava from KZN signed to Ambitious Entertainment, Ty Dolla Sign, Chance The Rapper, Andre 3000 and anything by Kanye West.