The rapper declared he has finished with his forthcoming sophomore album and he isn’t shy about it going for greatness as well following “Skhanda Republic”
He wrote: “#SkhandaRepublic was a classic. Facts! My sophomore is shaping up to be a whole ‘nother problem. Facts! Let the games begin… #Greatness #GoatTalk #iHaveNothingToProve #ButIWill4TheFOfIt #RIPHumbleKO #SuperCockyKOIsLowkeyDaRealMe #Chuckle #IPayMe #NoBlesser #SAhiphop #IamNotHacked #FreshOuttaFsToGive #PrettyYoungThingVidThisThur #IMadeAMovie”
After nine years of developing as a member of the renowned music group Teargas – where he helped the trio amass a gold album & countless international award nominations – K.O decided to pursue a solo rap career in 2013. Since then, he has seen his career reach new heights. K.O’s morphed into a jack-of-all-trades: managing artists under his label, Cashtime Life, and penetrating global retail with a branded clothing line.
Where he’s experienced most of his solo success, though, is in the booth.
The Johannesburg native is one of the highest selling artists in South Africa, of late. His studio album, Skhanda Republic, debuted at #1 on the South Africa charts and has (to-date) surpassed the platinum sales status. His biggest single from the album, “Caracara” featuring Kid X, became the first South African music video to surpass 1 million views on YouTube.
The edgy track also helped net K.O awards victories (Best Collaboration, Best Rap Album) at the 2015 South African Music Awards – adding to a long list of co-signs that also includes MTV and BBC Radio.
We had a chance to chop it up with the industry vet, and discuss entrepreneurship, his personal success and his plans to scale South African sound beyond the confines of his country.