Born in the Township of Umlazi in Durban that later moved to Newlands East, Cebolenkosi Minange has been a hiphop head from the very start. He got into hip hop late 2005 through his uncle who played tapes by Eminem, Dr Dre, Xzibit, 2 Pac just to mention a few. That’s when He at the age of 15 started penning his own lyrics and later joined a group called M.B.A which consisted of 3 members including him.
In 2008 when the group decided to part ways thats when He decided to stay as a solo artist. The young rapper went into the studio as a solo in 2008 and released an E.P titled which has 8 songs featuring the likes of Zakwe, Dilla, TCee and Simphiwe Mlambo, and sold over 600 units within the first 4 months.
But then in 2010 He dropped his Full Length mixtaped “The Anti Whack Tape” which should ring a bell to many heads. I mean, that tape is the one! That really paved a way for the dude on the Hiphop scene. With this tape He went on to increasing the sale to 1500 copies excluding the 500 copies that were given out for free at events sponsored by Abaphumeleli 702 cc. The mixtape featured the likes of Rez Proph, 4051, Zakwe, Ng, K Method, TCee, Rajah, Merel, Bantu Education and Ngqondongqondo (Da Nombika).
The rapper originally from Durban has an exceptional gift for language and his song are filled with clever puns, word plays, punchlines and educational message to it and very good story telling. Lacostaration is influenced by the likes of GP Gangsta, Xzibit, Chester, Ghetto Son, Eminem, J Cole and Coldplay.
With 2 Nominations on the OMAZ (Rocky of The Year & E.P Of the Year), being featured on Multiple magazines & Newspapers including eThekwini Times, Star Edition, ISolezwe, The SA Mark, Fashion EK Magazine, PHresh Magazine & Durban University Technology’s Blog Plus has been on ShizNiz twice for Mixtape Competition and Performance & Interview and also He has done a couple of radio interviews, including radio stations like Ukhozi FM, Gagasi 99.5FM, Jozi FM, Inanda FM, Durban Youth Radio, Imbokodo FM and Vibe FM – That should really tell how Lacostaration takes his music business very seriously! This dude is hungry for everything dawg.
Also not forgetting that he has performed as a guest artist at the Dirty All Star by Gp Gangstas and a guest at Ohza Water Launch, Emzinto, Enkandla, Maphumulo, Port Shepston, Escourt and all around Durban. He performed at 2 shows for the 2010 fifa shows at fan parks. A couple of his tracks were chosen to be sound tracks of 3 Durban local movies e.g. Umlazi Gangsta 4, Umuzi Wezinkinga, Khathazile & Gigitheka.
He has released his first ever studio album titled AS I ENTER, containing 18 smash hits. “Brand new me” is the single from the album, the song features one of the best Durban vocalist, Cphiwe Hadebe. Brand new me is about a person who has been living life the wrong way and now changed so he is telling his story and encouraging wrong dowers to change. It is a smooth radio friendly song with those RNB elements and kasi feel lyrics. The single is already getting recognition since he has performed on radio interviews and Etv. On this album he worked with the most known and experienced artists and producers. On the production side he worked Ma-C-ya, Kay Masta (known for producing for Zakwe), Saspekt, Select Play, Kali beats One-nder and the Malawian producer Gemini. The features are on another level, he featured the likes of Duncan( Signed under Afrotainment & Sphethu ent.), Ma-B (Driemanskap), Rajah, Nana Atta, Skye Wanda, Cphiwe Hadebe, TCee, MG, K Method Pinkie and Zion KaMkhono Vilakazi(Poet).
The album launch will take place at The Bat Centre, Durban date to be confirmed. He will go to different areas launching but then since charity begins at home he will start his campaign in Durban and there after consider other place like Port Shepston, Hammasdale, Pmb and Gauteng. CD available on iTunes, Simfy Africa, Amazon, Deezer Africa, junomusic, Kalahari, via post or by hand contact +2779 916 0044.
Like every up and coming artists dream to hit the mainstream, but this young man has been in the music scene for a while he knows the pros and cons of being signed, there for he chooses to wait for the right company to sign to. He will push his album till it reaches many people as possible. Getting the album in stores and selling big is the first goal and fortunately its will be available on iTunes too. Building his brand name and working with established musicians and also making good music that caters to all age groups, not only targeting a specific markets, and hosting on of the biggest hip hop radio show, all these are his future plans. He is also looking forward to being considered for award nominations, radio & TV interviews, tours and big events because of the hard work, time and energy invested to his debut album “AS I ENTER”.
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