Two local hip hop icons, Ofentse Seboko known as Bicko Gee to his legion of fans and Seane Mogomotsi a.k.a Practikal Skills, have released a sizzling hip hop mix tape which is currently making its mark in the local music circles.
The mix tape which has 20 tracks is titled (Letsomo la Gauta ) or Gold Hunting in English. It is composed of rap songs done both in Setswana and English. The mix tape also features guest appearances of local hip hop heavyweights such as Konkrete, Scar and Apollo Diablo.
Speaking to the Sunday Standard one of the artists, Bicko Gee, said that the mix tape was released last month and is currently doing well in the market. He said that he decided to team with his friend, Practikal Skills, early this year to do the mix tape in order to showcase their hip hop talent.
“The title of the album “Letsomo la gauta” or gold hunter in English” implies our thirst for success as gold is a symbol of success. Our type of Hip Hop is old school and we want to take back our fans to the days of old school hip hop. This mix tape has various songs which are very conscious and the songs address real life issues which affect everyone. One such track is “Closed doors”, a track which sends a message about bad things that happen behind closed doors,” he added.
┬áHe further said that the mix tape appeals to all age groups as it has songs that communicate to both the youth and the old. He said that it was recorded, mixed and mastered at a local studio (Sonic Media House) which is based in Gaborone. He said that they have already staged a live performance in Serowe and they will hold more shows in Moshupa, Francistown, Lobatse and Molepolole in the coming months.
┬á“The mix tape is doing good in the market and Batswana love it,” he said.
┬áBicko Gee, who hails from Francistown and is now based in Gaborone, said that his love for hip hop began at a tender age when he was still doing standard seven. He said that during his childhood days he performed in a number of talent shows and ended up releasing his first album in 2011.
┬á“I am inspired by international hip hop artists such as Eminem, 2 Pac Shakur, Vinnie Paz and Nas.I loved hip hop at a very tender age and made it part of my culture. Hip Hop is my life,” he said.
Bicko Gee advised the young aspiring hip hop artists to give priority to education before indulging in the music industry as education is the key to success.
┬á“The young upcoming artists should give preference to education because nowadays it is very important for artists to be educated to be able to understand a lot of things in music industry,” he said.