A year and a half after releasing his first studio album, award winning hip hop producer and rapper McKnife has been behind the mic...
A year and a half after releasing his first studio album, award winning hip hop producer and rapper McKnife has been behind the microphone for his new forthcoming single titled “Basa Rangu” which features his label mate Zim Dancehall artist Drum Dada.
Basa Rangu is a very up tempo club banger record which talks about a subject every listener can relate to. The record is very motivational with lyrics that are filled with ambition, drive, passion emphasizing how no matter how many obstacles, discouragement and hate in one’s way, the record encourages the listener to stay focused and keep on their grind and not let anyone discourage them from their dream.
McKnife is a seasoned producer /rapper and songwriter yet he is one of Zimbabwe’s most underrated musical brand. In 2012, McKnife was one of the first Zimbabwean Hip-Hop rappers to have his track "Party All Night" played on a United Kingdom national radio station NE1fm by Wayne C McDonald a highly respected international producer, disc jockey and songwriter who has worked with international artists such as Musiq SoulChild, Kelly Rowland, Ryan Leslie, Tarrus Riley just to mention a few.
At the moment McKnife is enjoying international airplay with radio stations in France, Nigeria, Ghana, Angola and Gambia and his first studio album “Let My Conscience Bleed is available on iTunes.
Stream Let My Conscience Bleed below
Born Tinashe Mubanga, Mcknife recorded his first single titled"Cant Stop" in 2009 which received positive feedback from local music critics in Zimbabwe. A lot of people do not know that he started music as a Rapper but explored beat production after taking music classes in high school. He merged up with Dj Xlay to form LTC Records which has now dissolved and he has since parted ways with Xlay.
In July 2011 he released his first compilation "IT IS WHAT IT IS” which he co-produced with DJ Xlay. The 12 track mixtape managed to get radio play for over a year which resulted in him being nominated "Best New Comer" at the 2011 Zim Hip -Hop Awards.
In April 2012, Mcknife collaborated with another upcoming Zimbabwean rapper Karizma (the Amvis one) to release a joint mixtape project titled "No Introductionz" which stamped them as influential rappers in the Zimbabwean hip-hop scene. The project managed to get national and regional radio play and also got a nomination at the 2012 Zimbabwe Hip-Hop Awards.
He is also in the final stages of launching his own clothing line which should be available to the masses at the end of October.
More of his music: http://www.noisetrade.com/mcknifemusic
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