He is one of the best Motswako rap artists to come out of this country. So, get to know Botswana’s beloved national rap treasure
Born Thuto Ricardo Ramphaleng, he grew up in a shaky environment. In a household with an absent father, Thuto moved across seven schools in primary school, which birthed the stage name, Dramaboi.
Dramaboi was exposed to American Hip Hop (commercial hip hop) when he was twelve years old and a learner at one of his longer staying primary school.
While he was a scholar at another school in Gaborone, (Gaborone Senior Secondary School) he took to the stage and rapped his lungs out when there was an opportunity to do so, like at school talent shows and during lunch breaks.
Those in his circle did not expect that those lunch breaks would turn fellow scholar Thuto in thee Dramaboi of Botswana
Dramaboi started and completed his first album Godzilla, where he experimented with Jazz beats and other smooth tempo-ed beats at the tender age of sixteen. However, the album wasn’t released until two years later.
We can’t say that he didn’t take that literally. The boy is out of control (lyrically and with his flow) and it is a sight to see as a fan.
Although Dramaboi hasn’t been awarded any yet (he has been robbed, we agree), it doesn’t mean he hasn’t gotten any recognition.
He was nominated for an award in the 2017 YAMAS in the category Best Social Media category.