Amatric learner from Simon’s Town School is investing time in her career as a rapper to ensure she “pops”.Phindile Dlamini goes by the stage name Fleeqy. The 17-year-old rapper, who lives in Simon’s Town, discovered her passion for poetry and music at a young age.“I started writing music when I was 14. Before that, I was really into poetry and I didn’t know that much about rap but then I realised rap is a form of poetry. I was inspired by Eminem, Kendrick and those deep artists.”Currently, in her final year at school, Fleeqy is confident she can balance her music and her studies to end 2020 on a good note, both musically and academically.“I try to manage my time wisely. I try to complete homework in class or a free period so when I get home I have time to expand on my music.”She has already been exposed to the demands of being an onstage performer, having played live shows at school, in Muizenberg and even at venues in Long Street, Cape Town.Her mother, Mhle Dlamini, is supportive of the young starlet and is confident Fleeqy won’t fall prey to the dark side of life which sometimes comes with being in the limelight.“My mom has been supportive since day one. She knows that I know right from wrong and that I won’t do anything that I wouldn’t be proud of.”She adds: “I’m still discovering myself. I’m looking into modelling now but music is my main focus.”On Wednesday 15 January, she released her first mixtape titled Poppington. “To pop is to stand out. This year, the plan is to stand out – people must get to know me. Poppington, to me, sounds like an era, so the title just says it’s my time to shine.”Reflecting on the eight-track album, she says: “I make music that I would want to listen to. My beats and my rhymes are always on fleek (a slang expression for perfectly put together, and the word on which her stage name is based).” She adds: “My favourite track is called look. It has the most plays on SoundCloud.”Fleeqy is confident her talent will push her in the direction she hopes to go and will allow her to pursue a career as a professional rapper but she knows it won’t be easy.“It’s not going to be a smooth ride but I feel like I’m willing to put in the work. “People should always go for their dreams, no matter what other people say. “You won’t start at the top – we all grow. I’m still growing and it’s going to take time.” V Listen to Fleeqy’s new album on SoundCloud at Fleeqy Official.