Sheppie artist goes international

2018-07-26 06:01
A-Litic is making waves in the hip-hop music industry.PHOTO: supplied

A-Litic is making waves in the hip-hop music industry.PHOTO: supplied

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A-LITIC, born Andile Shozi (21), is a breakthrough hip-hop recording artist based in South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal, Port Shepstone.

He is known for his international quality music, crowd-exciting performances and slow-paced flows.

He discovered his love and fascination for hip-hop music at the tender age of 10, after having been introduced to music by the likes of Mattitude (his older brother), and receiving inspiration from the likes of, Skwatta Kamp and Proverb.

“At the age of 13, I began to write and compose my own lyrics, focusing heavily on rhyme scheme and flow,” he said.

As time progressed, with the support and encouragement from his peers, he developed a whole new hip-hop enthused get up; he started designing artworks using programs he downloaded from the internet, focusing less on the actual writing of raps.

“The following year, 2014, I started writing raps, with no recording studio. I recorded raps on my cell phone,” he said.

In the same year, A-Litic, at the age of 14, was recruited by a small recording label based in Durban, Clique SS Entertainment, which offered to manage him because of the talent they saw in him.

He later began using softwares he had discovered over the internet, and was introduced to the music production software Fruity Loops.

After a short while, while learning to create electronically engineered instrumentals (beats), A-Litic was later introduced to Vision (aka Jaty Glow) who owned a recording studio known as Belly Jam in Durban.

He would frequently sit in the studio sessions writing and recording music until late and would watch Vision produce, mix and master his songs.

Towards mid-2014 A-Litic released his debut song titled Unstoppable.

“I grew incredibly fascinated with recording, but developed a distaste for my rap voice, as it sounded high pitched,” he said.

That didn’t stop him from releasing his debut mix tape titled The Audition EP, which featured songs like Put It Down and She Down For Me.

A-Litic later that same year officially released She Down For Me.

The song gained A-Litic major recognition among rappers and listeners in his school and went on to work on several more projects.

He began to make use of the internet to spread his music through the use of websites such as SoundCloud, Facebook and Twitter. He currently has an album out titled Good Kid, Bad Habits which was released on the 29th of September 2017 which he released because he believes rappers nowadays are more concerned about money and fame.

On his album he shows just how he cares about educating and how important it is to feel. The album mostly speaks about his experiences with love. It is a story book, sort of a diary of confessions, feelings and thoughts that are narrated in cohesiveness.

Specifically the album details his masculinity through love and heartache. The project is solely produced by him with instrumentals that contain melodies and samples which allowed him to paint thought-provoking pictures of his life. — Supplied.

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