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K.O. Says He Was in a Dark Place When He Made His Second Album ‘SR2’

"And listening to that album now, I can actually hear that guy was in a dark place," says K.O.

Going into his second solo album, 2017's SR2, veteran South African rapper K.O. was plagued by his label Cashtime Life falling apart. His artists left, and fans blamed him for prioritizing his music over that of the artists signed under the label at the time.

Recently, Mr Cashtime opened up about all that driving him to a state of depression. He shared it in a video clip he posted on Instagram towards the end of last week.


"Nothing ever works out if your heart is not in a happy place," he said. "Let me tell you why; looking at the Cashtime debacle for instance and me being subjected to public opinion, those are all the things that influenced me when I was working on my second album, and it unfortunately diverted me into a space of depression. And listening to that album now, I can actually hear that guy was in a dark place,"

SR2, his sophomore album, was however not so dark that it pointed towards a depressed artist. Of course, lines like "Riding solo now, I don't need a squad or crew/ it was hard to move with the weight on my shoulder/ the streets are harsh and cruel, the people target you/ they pray every day for the Skhanda Gawd to lose" from the song "7even Up" reveal an artist who had been dealt several cards, but was moving on and choosing to tread carefully moving forth.

The rapper says in the clip that his remedy to his depression was "choosing happiness."

"In 2019, comparing myself now to that guy," he says, "the difference is I made a conscious decision to choose happiness—making certain business moves, choosing to be around people that make me happy, doing things that I love. I literally am a reflection of how I feel on the inside."

Watch the full clip below, and revisit our interview with K.O. about feeling disillusioned when SR2 received an unsatisfactory response, here.

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Bobi Wine's Release Detailed in Latest Episode of 'The Messenger'

Trauma is the topic on the podcast's latest episode: "The Ballot or The Bullet."

The latest episode of The Messenger is something to behold.

Created by Sudanese-American rapper Bas, The Messenger throws the spotlight on the thunderous circumstances many African countries face, with a close focus on Ugandan politician Bobi Wine.

In his most recent traumatic experience, Wine and his wife Barbara Itungo Kyagulanyi were released from a nearly two-week military house arrest following the ruling of a Ugandan court. Keeping up with current events and circumstances that Wine finds himself in, the latest episode of the podcast recounts the traumatic events that led to Wine's very public abuse and eventual house arrest.

Upon his release, Wine spoke with The Messenger and had this to say, "I want to remind the world that we went in this election knowing how corrupt the staff of the electoral commission is. We saw this through the campaign and the world saw how much was oppressed, how biased and one sided the electoral commission was, and how much it was in the full grip of General Museveni. And therefore we are going to test every legal test, we shall take every legal test. We shall take every legal step. And indeed we shall take every moral and morally proactive, nonviolent, but legal and peaceful step to see that we liberate ourselves. The struggle has not ended. It is just beginning."

Listen to Episode 7 of The Messenger here.

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