Based: Cape Town
In 2012, Port Elizabeth gave rise to one of its best solo rap artists yet. Early B, the 28 year old Ghoema Award winning rapper claimed his spot in the music industry as a solo artist with music that catapulted him onto national levels and created a demand for himself both nationally and internationally. Early B became the sort after name at music festivals across the country and a household name to hip-hop fans.
He has worked with prominent producers, including Grammy award winning producer, Darryl Torr and his dynamic, predominantly Afrikaans rap style has eased his way to working with different artists like Emo Adams, Hemel Besem, Pierre Rossouw and Afrikaans Pop Band Adam. His music entertains, socially educates and is played on national radio stations regularly with his song Cerebellum peaking at number 1 on the Goodhope FM hiphop charts for several weeks.
With self-filmed, self-produced and self-advertised music videos reaching more than 400 000 views on Youtube and downloads reaching over 400 000 within 3 weeks, it’s clear that Early B is here to stay. The rapper from Bloemendal, Port Elizabeth is on the rise and there is no stopping him. He has dominated the KKNK Rymklets stage for 4 consecutive years and is in high demand among corporates for different entertainment-run programmes.
True to the arts, Early B is also an actor and has graduated with his Film and Television Production diploma. He has starred in locally produced series Hotel Songololo, has performed at the Grahamstown Arts festival in stage productions and starred in locally produced films. He has created his own footprint in which many other aspiring artists follow and is still breaking barriers with his music.
Early B has systematically infiltrated the performing art scene and is not done yet. He dominates each platform he sets his foot on and his unique style is hard to duplicate. From mixtape, to independently produced music, he makes hit after hit.
Early B Music has become the movement of note.