“More than friends we are brothers
Whether or not we share a mother
More than brothers we are friends
‘Cause true love never ends
Started this thing in the 90′s
Ever since we were lighties”Cherry-Bee featured by Tha Playmaka, Welcome To The Pham, PMB POISON Personal Moral Regeneration…
It has been an epic 10 year journey to release what I wanted to be the ultimate Pietermaritzburg rap album. It has been inspired, written, recorded, mixed, mastered, packaged in Pietermaritzburg, by PIetermaritzburg-based people and will now be sold in Pietermaritzburg.
The lyrics were written from 1999 and the last complete solo song was written in 2004. The collaborations towards the end which are group songs were me being guests in 2007 (In My Hood) and in 2010 (So Gone), but I have kept them for my album. These songs will be released for free since I do not have instrumentals for them.
The background music to the rhymes beats were first supplied by Mylowe in 2003, Zoox in 2004, Arifani Moyo in 2008 and Mfanelo ‘Abz’ Mchunu in 2009. Two of the beats by Mylowe (Rhyme Pedigree Playa 2001, Welcome To The Pham) were initially intended for Stylez & Rashid’s project, but he allowed me to use them several years thereafter. Abz and Mylowe are Pietermaritzburg’s pioneer beatmakers and my favourites.
The rappers featured included my really talented brothers Peekay (who hardly raps) and Stylez who is a nationally known PMB rap veteran and one of the kings of rap in KwaZulu-Natal. Mylowe, like Stylez, is one of the kings and I started rapping with both of them. District XIII have carried the baton in my absence from the PMB Rap scene by releasing album, mixtapes and hosting events. Their online marketing track record is unparalleled.
The guys doing the monologues calling for peace and mature behaviour at the end of two violent songs (Phenduka, Murdaplot) are men we have been through real life and death situations with from emergency rooms, to funerals to general ghetto ups and downs.
The lady who sings on We Can Just Be Friends (Bianca’s Song) and Welcome To The Pham is Charity Ngubo also known as Cherry-bee. She helped us get our first live performance by hosting a talent show in 1999 and it led to us getting our first radio interview. She was part of a music society. Cherry-bee is an aspiring Jazz singer and song writer. She actually re-wrote the chorus to We Can Just Be Friends (Bianca’s Song) after being unhappy with the original, which showed leadership. She also interpretted my lyrics and melody to the chorus and sung verse on Welcome To The Pham very well, making it more professional than I had envisioned. We have performed live together and she is a consummate professional who can adapt to any environment.
This album is about my life and it is a blessing that it came out the way it did. I could improve a lot of things and the beats but that would make it a different album to what it is; a story of my young adulthood told in rhyme to the sounds of that era.
PMB POISON: Personal Moral Regeneration will be initially be available at Sophie’s Choice in Imbali Unit 1, and at the P’z Up PMB: Rhythm And Poetry Fest that will be on 17 May 2014.