Hip-hop artist Blaklez on life, love, music & making peace with ex, Dineo Ranaka

He was propelled to fame in 2012 when he appeared on his then-girlfriend, Dineo Ranaka’s reality show.

But five years later, Blaklez has successfully carved out a career for himself as a performer in his own right, proving that he's riding on no-one's coattails.

With three albums under his belt, including the latest, 'Baby Brother', the rap artist, known affectionally by his fans as 'Steve Biko with a mic' is fast establishing himself as one of the country’s most important hip-hop artists.

He caught up with Cape Talk's Sara-Jayne King, to talk music, life and love and fatherhood.

The album [Baby Brother] is very positive, I'm in a very positive space.

Blaklez

What people may not know about the rapper - born Legeso Moiloa - is that in the early days he had his sights set on being a professional soccer player.

But his late mother, Josephine, wasn't too keen.

I was scouted [for a football scholarship] and my mother said, no deal. I was very upset, but she said you have more to offer the world than just being a football player.

Blaklez

In addition to the music, Blaklez is also father to 5-year-old Kopano, who he shares with media personality Dineo Ranaka.

The pair had a very public break-up, but have managed to put the past behind them.

I think she's one of the misunderstood people, but I think people are starting to see her character. She's one human being who cares so much about human beings.

Blaklez

Time is the most precious commodity. We came to the realisation, we have a daughter and time is so precious.

Blaklez

The latest album, Baby Brother, features collaborations with the likes of Cassper Nyovest and Youngsta CPT and is available to download on digital platforms. A CD will be released in November.

Listen as Blaklez plays 'quickfire questions' with Sara-Jayne King:


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
[SA EXCLUSIVE] Singer Sparkle opens up about R Kelly sex abuse claims

[SA EXCLUSIVE] Singer Sparkle opens up about R Kelly sex abuse claims

CapeTalk presenter Sara-Jayne King talks to Sparkle about the R Kelly documentary and her relationship with the R&B star.

Predators in pink - local artist draws inspiration from the Big Five

Predators in pink - local artist draws inspiration from the Big Five

Last year Sabrina Rupprecht sold her entire collection to a single buyer in the United States.

[LISTEN] SA expat living in Chicago describes the big freeze

[LISTEN] SA expat living in Chicago describes the big freeze

A CapeTalk listener and SA expat in Chicago chats to Sara-Jayne King about the extreme cold they are experiencing.

[LISTEN] 'Voice SA' star launches second album (and it's a family affair)

[LISTEN] 'Voice SA' star launches second album (and it's a family affair)

Cape Town singer Jeremy Olivier was a runner-up on the first season of the reality talent show in 2016.

[LISTEN] Pearl Thusi:  'As Africans we have AMAZING stories of our own to tell'

[LISTEN] Pearl Thusi: 'As Africans we have AMAZING stories of our own to tell'

CapeTalk's Sara-Jayne King sits down with actress Pearl Thusi to talk Hollywood, hair and the SA film industry.

DJ Zinhle: 'This is the time for women to do AMAZING things for themselves!'

DJ Zinhle: 'This is the time for women to do AMAZING things for themselves!'

The DJ, businesswoman and mother of one shared some of the secrets of her success with Sara-Jayne King.

Popular articles
[BREAKING NEWS] Johnny Clegg (66) has passed away

[BREAKING NEWS] Johnny Clegg (66) has passed away

Specialists diagnosed the singer with pancreatic cancer in 2015.

[LISTEN] Voice of the underworld - a 'retired' Cape Flats gangster speaks out

[LISTEN] Voice of the underworld - a 'retired' Cape Flats gangster speaks out

Jason is a 50-year-old former member of The Americans, the largest street gang operating in Cape Town.

Shark attack: 'I saw a cloud of blood in the water'

Shark attack: 'I saw a cloud of blood in the water'

Joao Felizardo helped rescue his surfer buddy Dusty Phelan after a shark bit him across both his legs in Port Alfred.

'Batchelor was once close to Mikey Schultz and self-confessed Kebble killers'

'Batchelor was once close to Mikey Schultz and self-confessed Kebble killers'

Journalist and author Mandy Wiener describes former footballer Marc Batchelor's links to alleged underworld figures.

How Christo Wiese became the richest in SA, and how it all came crashing down

How Christo Wiese became the richest in SA, and how it all came crashing down

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews TJ Strydom, author of “Christo Wiese - Risk And Riches”.

'We find connections between gangs in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban'

'We find connections between gangs in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban'

Global Initiative against Transnational Organised Crime's Simone Haysom says gangs operate far broader than the Western Cape.

'I should have told the Sunday Times the pot smoking was irrelevant'

'I should have told the Sunday Times the pot smoking was irrelevant'

Investigative journalist Jacques Pauw says he's sorry for any harm caused in his article on Mkhwebane and her principal witness.

I decided to make this Rihanna song with my maskandi vision - Mbuzeni Mkhize

I decided to make this Rihanna song with my maskandi vision - Mbuzeni Mkhize

After South African star Mbuzeni Mkhize performed a remix of Rihanna's track 'Diamonds' she contacted him to collaborate with her.

[WATCH] Over 50 artists record special version of Johnny Clegg’s  “The Crossing”

[WATCH] Over 50 artists record special version of Johnny Clegg’s “The Crossing”

For this week's #GoodNewsThursdays, we find out the inspiration behind the production.