Yesterday iSpeakHipHop took some time to sit down and chat with Mr. Cashtime himself, K.O. We got some insight about his upcoming free concert with Okmaloomkullkat this Friday, his new single Don Dada and conquering outside the borders of South Africa.
We can honestly say this is collab that a lot of people didn’t see coming, how did your collaboration with Okmalumkoolkat come to be?
It was inspired by the fact that I’m a fan. He and I are pretty much the same artist just packaged differently. We speak to the same audience and we hold the whole ‘kasi boy’ image with pride. It was just organic.
Your song is titled Don Dada (a Don can be referred to as a teacher, gentleman or an OG) is that how you see yourself in this culture?
Yea, we regard ourselves as the originators. It’s us saying ‘recognize what we’ve done in the culture over the years as the source of a movement. We’re not saying we’re the only ones, just recognize.
With this collab are we to expect a joint album or any other joint venture from you and Okmalumkoolkat?
He has an album in the works and reached out to me about spitting a verse on one of his records. On top of that there’s a free concert that we’re doing this Friday (21st October at Basseline in Braam). Basically it’s us giving people a taste of what a collaborative tour between him and I would be like. It’s us pitching it to the streets and giving them a taste of what the experience would be like.
Why make it free?
It was mainly my idea to do this whole thing. I just felt like after everything I’ve experienced in my career, I haven’t done a lot of things just to show my fans that I appreciate them. So this is our way of giving back.
In the last 2 months you dropped Korruption and now Don Dada, is this work towards an album or special project?
I’m doing some finishing touches on my album which was meant to drop this year in the last quarter but we had to move it to early 2017 because we’re still completing Maggz’s album which is supposed to drop next month. So my singles are just to make up for my album being pushed to next year and my way of making sure that my presence and position remains solidified.
The brand (K.O) is established and you’re respected in this industry. Is there anything you feel you still have to achieve?
The next phase for me is to be more active outside the country without compromising my sound and having to change the language. The Black Coffee’s and Trevor Noah’s didn’t have to change anything about who they are and they’re out there making a mark on the world based on their South African Identity. That’s the next level.
What’s your relationship with Smashis like, are you back to working together? we saw smashis in the Korruption video and had to ask .
We’ve always worked together it’s just that it wasn’t going out through Cashtime. When we relaunched Cashtime-Fam as Cashtime-Life unfortunately not everyone was able to make the transition/short-list. There were some conflicts in terms of egos and expectations, they had to be synergy but now that Smashis has reformed as an artist I really like what he’s doing. I’ve always kept him close to me, just not on a professional level but now we’re discussing things and I’m working on a record with him that he’ll be dropping soon.
How do you remain so focused amidst everything the ‘Beef’ and ‘Twars’ on social media all the other rappers go through?
When I came into the game my main focus was to contribute to it with the music and showcase my talent. I’ve always just wanted people to appreciate the skill, lyricism and creativity. Some people resort to extra things like publicity stunts and all that but the people that buy my music and love my brand are solely attracted to it based on the music. I’m content with myself, always have been.