11 Things The Big Hash Revealed In Our Interview! The Big Hash is one of the youngest rappers in the game who has a rather huge impact and has gained a huge fanbase.
At the age of 18, The Big Hash has collaborated with major artists like A-Reece & Riky Rick. He has two widely recognised projects on the market with “Life + Times Of A Teenage Influence” and “The Big Hash Theory”. Check outh 11 facts about The Big Hash you probably didn’t know below from our recent interview.
1. Personal life and background
His real name is Tshegetso Reabetswe Kungwane, he was born in Pretoria on April 8th 2000 he but briefly grew up in Soweto with his grandmother from 2004 to 2009 and moved back to Pretoria to live with his mother a few years later in 2010.
2. Musical Influences
The Big Hash’s musical influences are clearly from a wide scope. He grew up listening to Hip-Hop, RnB/Soul Ballads & mostly Pop.
3. Why He Started Making Music Seriously.
“I grew up very insecure of how I looked and that always made me isolate myself from other kids, especially because I used to get bullied a lot. So being anti-social brought me closer to music and it exposed to me to artists like Coldplay, Drake, Eminem & Childish Gambino in all the free time I had. I used to listen to their songs and pause to write the lyrics to understand what they were saying. Eventually when I got to High School, music was my only escape because I went through so much during that period, it was the only place I could go to express my anger because I was afraid of letting it out,” sai the rapper on why and when he started making music.
4. When He Decided To Take It As A Career.
“I only started taking it seriously when my mother could no longer afford my school fees and I had to downgrade from a Private boarding school to a public one. The system there was so flawed, I had too much time to do nothing and by the time my mother bounced back and sent me back to the private one, I already had a few songs recorded with homies and I was too in love with the process and I couldn’t focus in school anymore unless I was writing my own songs. So I flunked all my exams in the second term of my Grade 11 in 2017 and dropped out to work on music full time.”
5. How The Big Hash Scored His First Major Collaboration With Riky Rick
“I was chilling in the studio on a random day around Early/Mid-April, scrolling through IG stories, then I bump into my homie Brizzy Da Savage, who made the beat for one of my biggest songs at the time “Jimmy Choos” months earlier, and he was bumping a beat in the background that was for sale. That was the beat for “Dark Horse”. I replied and begged him for it. He came to my studio later that night and we kicked it, he left the separates with me and I cooked the snippet with the first verse only and it had an open space. A few weeks later, the night Riky brought me out to Back To The City, I bumped him the song in the car and kept asking for the song to be put on repeat while he freestyled on the open space,” said the rapper.
He then explained saying “I decided to drop the song the way it was and I got all the artwork handled a few weeks later. Soon after, I found myself in the Sumo Nightclub with him and my entire team getting lit, eventually he pulled me to the side and we talked about the song and he asked me if he could hop on a week before its release. A week later, we had his verse and the video was shot and everything was dropped in a period of another week between the end of May and the beginning of June. Since then, a lot of people can put the face to the music because it was my first official music video and every time it comes on, the whole room lights up wherever I perform it, so most event promoters want a piece of it for their shows.”
6. His Affiliations With The Wrecking Crew & If He’d Ever Join Them
“The Wrecking Crew were one of the first people in the game to show me love before Riky, Frank & everyone else who followed. They’ve shown nothing but love and support, so for that I’m grateful. They are like brothers to me and the realest people Hip-Hop has to offer both musically and personally but I don’t think I can join them because I’m fully Innanetwav. That’s been my team since I dropped out and that will be my team until the universe says otherwise, which I doubt. I’m not planning on going anywhere anytime soon without them.”
7. How “The Big Hash Theory” Changed His Experiences In Music.
“I’ve learnt a lot since the project hit the streets about actually paying attention to what the people want, the kind of vibes they’re into and what kind of vibes they haven’t been exposed to. It’s what makes an artist actually dive deeper than the surface of the regular consumer. You need to be able to sift out the people who are listening to your craft and try find a balance for the people who don’t so you can figure out your next move,” started The Big Hash.
He then said “SA Hip-Hop has moved with the times and people get younger and younger walking into the game so there’s a lot of modern music coming out, and for me to be able to be one of those younger people walking into the game, I’m very well aware of what it takes after testing out the waters with this project because it was just a learning curve, and ultimately a prototype to the type of music I make now. The people who are listening are a younger audience which will grow with me, so adapting to certain styles that appeal to them in songs like “Backyard” “8578” & “Hot Sauce” while maintaining relatability is something that can morph into longevity because the kids have a short memory span if they’re not intrigued whatsoever.”
8. The Big Hash’s Career Highlights So Far.
“That’s a pretty hard one for me to be honest. There’s so much I’ve done this year, I can barely decide. I’d be lying if I didn’t say working with all the artists I watched in high school. That for me is something I can never get over because at some point, I was just like everyone else around me. Desperate to get to where these people are. It’s been quite surreal to know that dreams really do come true, especially because these were my own.”
9. The Most Difficult Challenges He’s Faced
“People have a way with others, specifically the kids. Exploitation is real. It’s not just something you see in the movies. People in the game will use you for certain things and throw you away when they’re done like you’re a piece of gum. When that flavour isn’t there anymore, they spit you out. These a re guys who take you in and make you feel like you’re worth something for a while but they end up becoming distant when it’s not working out for them. That can hurt careers badly and sometimes it can even destroy them. Thankfully, my eyes are open and I avoid handouts.”
10. Where Does The Big Hash See Himself In A Couple Of Years?
The Big Hash’s sound is surely one that would resonate with an international audience but is one you wouldn’t find anywhere else in the world. The rapper says that he plans to take his music “worldwide”.
11. His Top 5 SA Rappers In 2018.
“Nasty C has to be at the top of my list. The guy’s had such an amazing year and he’s been repping us well. A-Reece gotta be on there too, this man’s music doesn’t belong on this side at all. We don’t deserve him. Shane Eagle is also a top contender because his album is still a must-listen a year later. Anatii’s also been one of my favourites in the last two years, the dude literally revamped his sound and just took off with his culture straight to the moon, that Thixo Onofefe joint sets me off all the time. AKA also had a crazy year, his hooks make me bounce big time, the ones he did on Fully In & No Favours really messed me up inside, maybe it’s because Tweezy was on both beats but either way, I loved them.”