Although he is not very famous yet in the local music arena, Glen Lekula, a.k.a C-Ru, is slowly becoming a household name through his inspiring hip hop music.
The talented Francistown-based rapper has released a single track with a video, “Thupa tse molelo”, a song in which he showcases his lyrical prowess to motivate those who are going through different challenges.
The track features one of the local hip hop music heavyweights, HT Tautona.
Speaking to The Sunday Standard last week, the 30-year-old “motswako” hip hop artist, who hails from Mahalapye, revealed that the single is set to change lives through its inspiring message.
“My single and video, Thupa tsa molelo”, is pure motivational talk to those who are currently reeling through adversaries. I used the song as self expression to share my own experiences and give a shoulder to those who are reeling with adversity by telling them not to give up in life,” he said.
C-Ru revealed that his lyrics are motivated by the fact that he has been through a lot of challenges, including the time when he lost some of his relatives and friends in different life circumstances. He said that it is sad to note that there are a lot of people who easily give up on problems and added that for every problem there is a solution.
“We have incidents where people take their own lives in the so-called passion killings and those who commit suicide mainly because they can no longer cope with challenges in life. I just want to advice them that they have to give themselves another chance in life because problems have solutions,” he said.
He revealed that he released his single song and video early February this year and will be officially launching the album in March at Thapama Hotel in Francistown.
C-Ru said that the single and video were released by Emjoe Records, a local recording company.
Touching on the journey of his music career, he said that he began rapping in 1998 when he was a member of a now defunct Francistown group called “Lost Crazy Gang”
“I was a member of the famous Francistown hip hop group called the Lost Crazy Gang, which later disbanded,” he said as he sighed emotionally.
Asked on the state of hip hop in the country, C-Ru said that the genre is growing very fast as some of the local Hip hop songs are gaining airplay in radio stations beyond borders in countries such as South Africa, Namibia and even Mozambique.
“Local hip hop is growing so fast and I am very impressed as people are beginning to understand it as compared to the past,” he said.
He urges Batswana to support local talent for local musicians to grow.