Image courtesy of Ricky Tyler.

Interview: Ricky Tyler Is Def Jam Africa's New Kid On the Block

The 26-year-old singer, rapper, songwriter, is on the cusp of stardom.

Finding artists with pure and unique talents that set them miles apart from their peers is one of the joys of music journalism. Unearthing hidden gems right on the cusp of stardom rekindles our excitement for the future of music.

One of these new gems is 26-year-old singer, rapper, songwriter and Def Jam Africa signee, Bokamoso Kgomotso better known by his stage name Ricky Tyler. The South African artist has been on the rise since his breakout single "Deja Vu," a heartfelt pop song that introduced him to a mainstream audience. He also reached the final stages of Afropunk's Battle of the Bands.

Early last year, Ricky signed to Universal Music Group/Def Jam Africa and released his debut album, Small World. The 14-track project, which features Alpha P, M.I Abaga, Harvey and KLY, went on to be a major success with hit singles like "Thirty Ks" and "Peachnut."

We caught with Ricky Tyler and spoke to him about his musical journey from childhood, signing to Def Jam and his love for Donald Glover.

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