A musical genre that needs no introduction, one that transcends across cultures and continues to give black people across the globe a way to connect beyond borders and languages – hip hop. Composer, writer and rapper, Pakiso Maserumula (PK), who hails from Kwa-Thema is taking on the rap-game with a hunger that is necessary in this dog-eat-dog industry.
The talented rapper realised very early in his career that he needed to do more than just record EPs and send them to his friends in order to make it. In his relentless search for opportunity, PK joined the talent search movement known as the Ayish’imic Movement. From that point on things started looking up for the young rapper. “I happened to be one of the 2015 Sprite Uncontainable finalists and shared stages with Mobb Deep and some of South Africa’s well-known artists like Reason, K.O, KiD X, and Emtee, just to mention a few,” says PK. His final performance was featured on eTV’s Shiz Niz, MTV Base, and landed him an interview on Jo’burglive.
The year 2017 was another peak year for the rapper, winning the ‘3K Downloads’ competition hosted by Where is the Beef in collaboration with ProVerb. PK became one of two artists who were ProVerb’s curtain raisers. In the past year PK was the opening act for K.O at Da Venue on one of the biggest party days of the year, the 1st of January. He later had another TV appearance on Shiz Niz, on a feature called The Booth. At this rate, it seems like Kwa-Thema should be looking forward to claiming another big name under its belt.
PK’s opinion on the current state of hip hop in South Africa is as bold as one would expect a rapper to be: “I think artists lack creativity, originality and most of all they have gone too soft. I feel like rappers these days are losing touch with the meaning of art. They are doing it because someone else is doing it, and they don’t treat their art like their child. Rappers talk about champagne, clubs, girls, drugs – there’s just no education in the work any more,” he says.
This brings to mind the words of Carlos Wallace: I believe hip hop’s beliefs as a whole are misunderstood, under-appreciated and highly underestimated.
PK’s objective is to bring his own sound within the new school hip hop.