Written by Guest Writer Karabo Malefetsane
Thirty-two-year-old rapper Treasure Thamsanqa Tshabalala is an Ekurhuleni hip-hop musician who began battle rapping in the early 2000s.
Tshabalala exploited his talent as a lyricist by battle rapping while a scholar at Springs Boys High School, and his highlight performance is from 2012, at the Lebo’s Back Packers event in Soweto.
He is the son of late Ekurhuleni entrepreneurs and esteemed socialites Mavis Tshabalala and Mandla Ndlovu.
In 2011, he formed underground super group Rice Boy Foundation, well known as RBF, which released two mixtapes titled “Chopstick 1 and 2”.
While the buzz of an all-male rap group was about to spread across Kwatsaduza, he released his debut solo single “King Guluva” in 2017 under his own record label Niks 5 records, before releasing another single last year, titled Bars, which introduced him to a broader audience nationally and internationally.
In the same year, he found himself part of the production team for Nasty C’s successful “Ivyson Tour”.
“My aspiration in life is being the finest role model to my offspring,” Tshabalala says.
The father figure adds that he will be completing his album “The Alpha” in the last quarter of the year, and that the album will be combining raw lyrics with bass-heavy rock as well as soul-influenced instrumentals, in attempt to realize his dream of being an international act in the next five years.
His album will be a philanthropy assignment that’s aimed at thought leaders, and will address social issues such as substance abuse, domestic violence and mob justice.
For more info on his music you can download it on the App Store, Spotify and other digital platforms.