Hip pop has been parts of the black community for a while meet Zim Hip-pop rapper and song writer Slayer! He is a multi-talented artist who has seemingly appeared out of nowhere, and has begun creating tracks from the ground up; crafting his own sounds that cater to an audience he was oblivious to. He has organically found a niche in which his music is being accepted, learning more about the community which simultaneously using his outside influence. While not well known too many, Slayer! Has an energy and mindset that could push him ahead in an era where copious amounts of artists are emerging by the day. In questions with Slayer! We learned about the influences of several aspects of his life; from the people who have motivated him along the way, to the artists who have unknowingly shaped who he is today.
- Where are you from? Have your surroundings shaped you in a creative sense, and in what way(s)?
I’m from Gweru Zimbabwe. But I moved around a lot as a child stayed in Mkoba, Kopje and Nashville. My surroundings did shape my music, i spent the better part of my adolescents in Nashville a colored community where English is the primary language that’s why my music is mostly in English. Gweru is a small town and it has the best talent and when you look at it the best producers in country are from the city of Progress Tamuka and Oskid. And one of the best Artists in Zimbabwe is Takura also from Gweru so i was bitten by the Gweru bug lol
- How did you get started?
I used to record over cassettes as a lil kid mimicking other songs I heard. So it just grew on me. The first ever song i recorded was after upper6 after so many years of debating with myself if i should actually pursue.
- What was your introduction to the Hip Pop scene?
My introduction to the music was by my older brother, he was a huge DMX, Jah Rule and 50 Cent fan. So through him i started listening to these artists and i was like 8 or 9 then.
- At what age did you being creating
I started writing songs as early as form 1 i was 13.
- Tell me about your involvement with the gang at St Patricks’. How did you get involved with them, and when did you come into the picture?
I wasn’t in any gang man. Who told you about me being in a gang lol? I went to School in St Patricks from form 1 to Upper 6.
- If you could be any inanimate object in the world what would it be and why?
If i could be an inanimate object i would definitely be Gold.
- Where does your influence come from?
I’m influenced by what happens in the world around me. My own experiences and aspirations
- Do you have anyone that you consider your mentor? How has their help or advice shaped you?
I don’t have a mentor per say i have a lot of positive influences in my life which is my family. They keep it real with me and they have helped me stay grounded and continue striving for my goal
- How long have you been making music now, as SLAYER?
I have been making music for about 8 years now.
- What is one experience in life that, without it, you wouldn’t be the artist you are today?
I would say the way i grew up. I put the stories in my music. If i had a different upbringing than the one I had. I wouldn’t have definitely been the artist I am.
- Who are your top 3 favorite bands of all time?
I wouldn’t call them bands but its Burna Boy, Oliver Mtukudzi and Chiwoniso Maraire
- If you could take anyone in the world dead or alive on a date, who would it be?
I would take My Daughter
- Tell me about the first song you ever made. Was it a success or a failure in your opinion?
The first song i ever recorded was freestyle in High school; i would say it was a success because everybody who heard it loved it. I became like a mini celebrity after that.
- What haven’t you attempted yet that you hope to?
I haven’t tried bungee jumping i really want to try that. I haven’t gathered enough courage yet.
- What is the story behind your song AMEN?
Oppression inspired Amen as much the music scene in Zimbabwe is not painting the exact pictures of what’s happening here we tried to be cryptic with it.
- What do you hope to accomplish this year?
I hope to release a lot of music this year if all well there will a lot of surprise features BIG ONES.
- What is next for the SLAYER? What do you want your supporters to know about you?
Music, Music, Music and More Music
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