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K.O. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

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.

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PatricKxxLee. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

PatricKxxLee’s Latest Album ‘Nowhere Child’ Is Depression Without the Glamor

OkayAfrica contributor Rofhiwa Maneta chats to Joburg-based rapper PatricKxxLee about his new album.

In October 2010, American writer Jay Kang penned "The High is Always the Pain and the Pain is Always the High"—an essay that chronicled his struggle with gambling and the toll it took on both him and his loved ones. He wrote: "In gambling narratives, the bottom is followed by the fantasy and the fantasy is followed by the bottom. To put it better, the high is always the pain and the pain is always the high. There is never any difference."

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