This dog is chasing a spot at the top and his recent success has his tail wagging.Marshelino Rossouw, also known as K-Nine die Hond, doesn’t only want to make music, he wants to build an empire that carries on a legacy. Starting out on the poetry scene, K-Nine always loved writing and decided to try his hand at lyrics and rap. “I started writing when I was 14 but I did not write to be a rapper, I wrote poetry,” he says.After experimenting with adding beats to his poetry, it was an easy transition to writing rap lyrics. He wrote his first song in 2009 while in matric and has since actively pursued a music career. “When I went to my first park jam was when I first saw rappers doing their thing in Afrikaans and I wanted to do that,” he says.He explains that his childhood nickname was an easy fit for his stage persona, born from his love and passion for man’s best friend.“I always loved dogs and belonged to a kennel where we went to dog shows and trained and conditioned dogs for dog shows. This was at a young age before I started writing music and the name just stuck,” he says.His first performance was in 2010 where he appeared on a local TV show, recorded his first track and started booking shows.He writes in English and Afrikaans and his music is inspired by everyday experiences and has the ability to touch people who relate to his direct and unapologetic rendition of the truth in a variety of topics.“I write about everything. Everything I see and experience. I report life and sometimes I tell stories that aren’t mine,” he says. “What inspires me is people. Like my son inspires me. I am doing this for him.”His first mixed tape “Beware of the Dog” was launched in 2014 and sales did well overseas in Canada, England, Germany and Holland among others.His success inspired him to learn more about all aspects of growing in the music business.It was then that he experimented with mixing his own beats and last year started A Ghetto Fool Records, his record label and production company.“I named it after my single and it has been doing very well. We just released our first track under the label,” he says.This was the natural progression for him wanting to be more than just and artist.“When I started rapping, I didn’t want to become a producer but I wanted to do more and grow,” he says.His lattest track, “You ain’t Sshhh” was a collaboration between him and a Johannesburg-based producer Diz, who created the track.“I wrote the lyrics and it was a hit. It is currently playlisted on rotation Goodhope FM and Bush Radio and we decided to shoot a video,” he says.This is his first video and will have an official launch at the end of the month.The entire video was shot in the Mitchell’s Plain and Strandfontein areas.He urges anyone interested in music to follow their hearts and never give up on their dreams.“If this is what you want to do, go for it and just be yourself,” he says. “A lot of people give up on their dreams but I want to show [my son] that I am not giving up on my dreams.” His music is available on iTunes, SoundCloud and Amazon. V For more information on his music follow him on Facebook: K-NiNe DIE HOND or on Instagram and Twitter: @kninediehond. You can also download his music via SoundCloud. V The launch of his music video will take place at Premium Sports bar on Thursday 31 August at 20:00. Tickets cost R50 presold, R70 at the door and R120 for VIP. For tickets call 083 535 0542 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively connect with him on social media.