He is a socially awkward, by his own admission, but comes alive on stage.At just 27, this Rocklands man is on his way to hip-hop stardom with his self-penned emotionally driven lyrics.Barry Abrahams, known by his stage name Beeza, has been at it for seven years but admits he gave up on his music dreams halfway through.However that changed last year.“I decided I would give it one last try but a proper go at it,” he says.His passion for music is palpable as he relays his journey to music.“I always wanted to be on stage,” he says confidently.“When I was at high school I was into rock music and my brothers liked hip-hop.” He says he started out wanting to be “a cool big brother”.“One day we were just chilling and I started freestyling a few lines and they liked it. I looked into some of the local music at the time and though I really stood a chance.” The rest is history.Beeza says he has created and penned many songs throughout his seven-year career but has taken many of them down after his decision to take his career seriously.“I cant even count,” he says about the number of tracks he has written.Now with his mind focussed on the end goal, he and his team are setting their sights on taking his music forward.He is already performing on a regular basis on stages around the Cape and in two weeks time they will begin their first video shoot for his song, ‘Hallo’.“I am very particular about visuals and the image of the video is important. I wanted to do a music video because I think people can relate to it more than pictures or even songs,” he says.“The reason I wanted to do it now is because it had to be done at some point.” The track ‘Hallo’ was chosen to be the first video by popular demand.Beeza says it is currently his most downloaded song.Another of his songs, called ‘Bang Bang’, was also featured on a TV series aired on SABC 3.His unique sound mixes hip-hop with rock influences as an ode to his obsession with it in high school.“I like all kinds of music but when I was into rock that was all I listened to. Although I used to listen to hip-hop before, I ‘hated it’. But what I like about hip-hop is that it makes you feel yourself,” he says.He has always loved being on stage.“I think its because of the instant gratification you get from people if they like something,” he says.But his love for performing does not do anything for the stage fright.“I am so humble. I never feel over confident when I am on stage. I still get super nervous, but I am at home on stage.”As his own biggest critic, the fear of having a slip-up on stage is his driving force.“I never want to have a bad show and that pushes me to make sure everything is good,” he says passionately.Beeza has his songs produced both in house and at a studio in Goodwood and all his music is available via his Facebook page for download.“My music has definitely progressed and I am producing a more polished sound,” he says.He has no classical training in music and has acquired his craft being self-taught.Asked who he looks up to as an artist, Beeza says he hopes to one day work with fellow rapper Youngsta.“I watched his career because we started at the same time. I think that if we make something together it would be crazy good,” he says.His advice to aspiring artists is to keep at it and network.“Speak to people, and if you see me and want to do a collaboration talk to me and if it is something that fits in with what I am doing then we can make it happen. The hardest part is putting yourself out there for people to comment. That’s the struggle. Once you get past that you will see growth,” he says. V Follow him on social media @Beezacpt on Twitter and Instagram and Beeza Cpt on Facebook. For his music visit www.beezacpt.co.za.