Rapper Rattex is back in the mix

2016-12-15 06:02
 Kasi rap King Rattex is back with new mixtape.

Kasi rap King Rattex is back with new mixtape.

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After a four year hiatus from releasing music, one of Cape Town’s most recognisable rap artists, Rattex, is back with a new mixtape.

Two weeks ago, Thabo Thetwa, aka Rattex, released a song called “I Had To”, which is his first project since 2012.

Rattex, from Makhaya in Khayelitsha, said he took a long break following a fallout with his record label Pioneer Unit.

He said that even though he could not divulge much information about the fallout it affected him terribly.

“I lost interest in everything...I just coiled into my own shell. I stopped making music and stopped performing. It was a dark time in my life as many people did not understand what was happening”, he said.

He said that throughout this time it was his friends, family and fans that kept him alive.

“I had told myself that I was done(with music) but they kept on telling me how much they enjoyed the music and that I needed to come back. A close friend , Thera Ginini, encouraged me to work with him in his event organising businesses in 2014,” he explained.

“This was the turning point. I began to get into the swing of things by performing at events until late last year, when I began to stage my own shows.

“I went to the studio and started making music and I got my groove back and we decided that I should release a mixtape instead of a full album.

I am happy to have released this project and happy that the people have finally received what they have been calling for,” he explained.

The EP has five tracks with the song called I Had To as the leading track. Rattex said that even though he had tried to infuse new sounds to his music, he still remains the artist that his fans fell in love with.

“I still talk about the same issues as before; township life as well as street music. The tracks feature Timo Abdul and Sinelizwi and are produced by Last and Don Teddy as well,” he said.

The mixtape is available from Thethwa and Ginini for R50.

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