Poet, designer, psychologist and now musician - Sammie Heavens on her venture into rapping

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Sammie Heavens recently dropped her debut E.P titled July.
Sammie Heavens recently dropped her debut E.P titled July.

She's been known as Nasty C's girlfriend for most of the time she's been in the spotlight. 

But she's more than that. Poet turned rapper Sammie Heavens (24), is making a name for herself in the music industry. 

This year has been about taking a leap of faith to see where her talents take her.

She started posting videos of herself reciting her poetry on TikTok where she has 113K followers, and to her surprise, people loved her work and were clamoring for more. It wasn't long before her followers were asking her to release a body of work.

The KZN born and raised musician started writing poetry in grade 9 but was too skeptical to share it with the world. She has explored her talents in fashion design, painting, writing and now she is ready to share her music.

“I’ve always been creative, but it took me a while to believe that what I was creating was good enough to share. The poetry gave birth to Sam the rapper. After sharing my poetry on TikTok and seeing people’s reaction that’s when I thought I might have something.”

She says that she kept a diary where she wrote her thoughts that turned into beautiful poetry.

“When people started hearing my work, they were surprised that I could write. They were very impressed, and I started getting new followers. When I write I like to be still and I like to listen to what’s happening internally. With music, I like having the beat play while I freestyle.”

She released a four track E.P titled July and she fans are enjoying the sound and lyricism.

“I wrote all the songs earlier in the year and I was scared to put it out. I will be dropping new songs and I am excited for everyone to hear them. I am transitioning as a person. I often go through phases where I am obsessed with a medium of art and I pursue it with all that is in me. I went from making clothes to painting, and I started writing songs in private and now I make music for people.”

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She is closely linked to rapper Nasty C but she says that she is carving her own path and she hopes that people receive her work and see her as an individual artist.

“I was scared to tell him that I wanted to rap, I was scared he would think I’m not taking it seriously. I didn’t want him to think I am mocking the arts or that I’m just doing it because I saw him become successful off it. He inspired the passion and he pushed me to be unapologetic about me pursuing music. He made me fearless, after I told him I wasn’t scared of anything.”

She may be pursuing music currently, but she also has a degree in psychology and she graduated at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN). She plans to go into practice soon.

She designs clothes as a hobby, and she believes that one day she will drop her own clothing line.

“I was supposed to drop a clothing line in 2020 but I doubted myself but now I am grown, and I think I will be putting it out there.”

She tells Drum that she will releasing a poetry book titled ‘Looking Into Me’ that she wrote on her journey of becoming an artist. The book will be available for pre-orders end of August and she hopes to launch within the next few months.

Sammie has been vulnerable in her work and she is quite nervous about what people are going to think of her openness.

“I am very excited. In the book I was doing a lot of introspection and self-healing, I would like for people to look into themselves while reading the book. I hope it's triggering so that people can heal. Healing includes accepting the past and learning to love yourself regardless of where you come from. We are taught to reject ourselves and we need to heal from those things.”

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