Fresh Picks From eSwatini: R.K releases The Cool EP Vol.1
Born Ndzabaletimnandzi Mngomezulu, R.K is one of eSwatini’s underground rappers. The young wordsmith is not new to the industry with over 10 projects under his name. R.K mentions winning the Francophonie 2015 Rap Competition which led to him performing at the Bush Fire Festival in the same year and performing at numerous events in the city of Shenyang, China as well as some of the highlights of his career.
The Cool EP Vol.1 is more of alternative/chill hip hop with some really cool samples here and there, layered into a pretty solid offering, with R.K rapping like his life depends on it. “What motivated this release was where I was in my life, and musically. I felt inspired and energised to approach and create a body of work in a way I never have, which was exciting and liberating,” he explains what motivated the release of the EP.”I’m forever looking at ways to express myself and grow in my craft, so the desire to grow was also and still remains a major part of why I make new music”, he elaborates.
At the core The Cool EP is about finding yourself, loving yourself, and being yourself. Allowing yourself to be you and do you. It’s about honesty and growth. All of this presented into a vibe of a project.” I’ve been describing it to myself as “head in the clouds” type music. You kinda end up drifting when you listen to it”, he briefly shares about the EP.