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Birth name: Steve Mvula
Field: Rap/ Trap artist
Record label: WHO (When Hip-Hop Overcomes)
X-Ray is another youngster out of When Hip Hop Overcomes (WHO) record label from L-City. He is just 18; but if given proper guidance, and support, he could be a lyrical bomb in a few years to come.
The Phwezi Boys Secondary school graduate, X-Ray has some punchlines that not only contain rich info that suprasses his age, but also can force one to jump onto the dance floor.
He grew up being inspired by the likes of Big Sean. However, being a Malawian, he always cherishes that fact. As a result, most of his songs have some mixture of English and Chichewa.
Come five years from now, if all go per plan, the youngster dreams of becoming an internationally acclaimed urban artist.
EM’s Gibson C Kamanga brings you a Q & A with this budding Malawian rapper.
Meaning of the stage name, X RAY
I feel that I can bring change to the music not just by looking outside but even looking deep into the music. So X-Ray is like something which helps to see inside so that I can help in bringing change.
Origin of the passion in music
When I was young, I just had that inner feeling that I had the potential to sing. Then, I just started scribbling some amateurish lyrics, but I never recorded them. in 2015, that’s when I managed to record my first single.
Childhood role models
I used to listen to the likes of Big Sean et al; not necessarily that I aspired to be like them…not really for I knew I’m a Malawian artist hence needed to do something that Malawian people can easily relate to hence my decision to be mixing Chichewa, and English in most of my songs.
I want to be an internationally revered artist. I want my musical message to spread to all corners of the world.
How to promote up and coming urban music artists
For me, I think the best way is for all and sundry to assists me expose myself by giving me the podium so people can appreciate my talent.