King of the underground

2016-01-19 09:11
Durban’s underground king, Clayton ‘Insane’ Xulu’s latest EP, Trial and Era features other Durban artists including Sketchy Bongo and Aewon Wolf.

Durban’s underground king, Clayton ‘Insane’ Xulu’s latest EP, Trial and Era features other Durban artists including Sketchy Bongo and Aewon Wolf. (Thanda Kunene)

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Pietermaritzburg - Durban's king of the underground hip-hop scene believes he’s in the right place in his career and ready to make waves mainstream.

Juggling a solo career as his own artist and holding his weight in two prominent hip-hop crews, rapper Insane is on the rise, with a new EP, music video and another video on the way.

The 27-year-old was regarded as one of the city’s biggest underground rappers, earning respect among fellow rappers and recognised as a force to be reckoned with in Durban.

Recently the rapper, whose real name is Clayton Xulu, released a single for his EP, Trial and Era, called My name, which was produced by Cassper Nyovest’s Family Tree signee, Gemini Major.

The music video of the track is also getting major airplay on MTV Base.

His EP also features South African heavyweight producer Sketchy Bongo and fellow Durban rapper Aewon Wolf.

Xulu belonged to rap trio Niche Fam, who opened up for Lil’ Wayne in Durban on his last South African visit. The trio have since agreed to work on their solo careers.

Toward the end of last year 031 Avengers was formed, of which Xulu was a part, but he says that even with all the pressure, he would never complain about the workload.

“I’m juggling myself between the crews and my own solo career. You can never complain about too much work. It is never a bad thing,” he said.

Xulu believes that 2016 will be a big year for Durban hip-hop — the rapper himself will be contributing to this with a bigger project planned towards the end of the year.

“The aim for me this year is to go mainstream. I have tracks on my EP which have a mainstream appeal but I am going to do the same thing I’ve being doing with a more structured plan. The people that make that specific type of music are not always put in the spotlight. Artists who follow a regular format tend to sound the same,” he said.

“In Durban as artists we are very connected but at the same time we’re disconnected. We all are competing with one another but at same time we have our circles. Our movements may be different but we all strive for the same goal,” he said.

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