KNYSNA NEWS – Knysna hip hop artist Likamva "Acidiq Truth" Machu will be releasing his single, 1 000 memories, next month. It will form part of his mixtape, Underneath the sun lives a star, poised for release on his mother's birthday, 3 July.
The mixtape tells of his experiences as an adolescent, Machu told Knysna-Plett Herald (KPH) this week.
"It's an audiobiography, telling of my fears, mistakes and personal experiences that made me the person I am. It contains the most memorable moments, whether happy or tragic, but it all comes down to how I've come to realise I am a star living under the sun," he said.
It was a journey putting together the mixtape and he poured all his energy into it.
"I can't wait to share it with the world," he said. Machu said his love for music started at an early age and his parents played a huge role in his career.
"I grew up in a musical family. Both my parents loved music. My father used to listen to R&B and jazz, while my mother listened to Soul and Afro Soul. Neither of them listened to Hip Hop." According to Machu, he was introduced to Hip Hop music when he went to the barber shop, where they would play 2Pac, Notorious B.I.G, Ludacris, Akon and T-Pain, among others.
"I connected with Hip Hop as it spoke to me personally. I started writing my own lyrics at the age of 10, as I was inspired by Kendrick Lamar.
"Without a studio to record I could not make an album. At the age of 13 years I knew that making music was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life," he said.
Machu released his debut studio mixtape, titled Destination Happy: The Way to Success, at the age of 18.
"The mixtape was well received by my fans and that motivated me to carry on. I released two EPs and a number of singles, while quietly putting together my second studio mixtape, Underneath the sun, lives a star," he said.
On the new mixtape he worked with Shigarak, BG Beats, Latest Addiction, Tyler Tonic, Simple Art and V-Tonic.
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