Zimbabwe: Heatyy Wants to Leave a Mark Through Hip-Hop

Budding Bulawayo-based rapper Mark “Heatyy” Mabwe has dropped his debut six-track extended play (EP) titled Finally, a project he says is aimed at simultaneously inspiring the youth and chastise those smearing the name of hip-hop.

The 21-year-old artiste, who started writing lyrics at primary school before entering the studio in 2019 to release his first track titled Drunk Truth, has proved to be consistent by churning out lots of singles in the recent past.

In an interview with Standard Style, Heatyy said the positive reaction to his profound work so far has stimulated him to continue using music as an artistic expression to inspire young people across the country.

“My general inspiration was the power of influence that music has and the fact that I could inspire a generation with words and a beat really spoke to me. Also, hearing my musical inspirations, like Lil Wayne, Drake and Nicki Minaj,” he said.

“I would like to be able to construct my verses and wordplay with depth of message in a way that resembles my inspirations but has a distinct original style of my own.”

Rap Music, the established fitness and commercial model added, should be relatable and that is why his work largely explores messages of modern hustle, hope and purpose.

“I mainly push current affairs, things that happen in society like how young people are in pursuit of a fast-paced life and chase money (because) basically the gist of my music is to promote and, in a sense, bring back real rap skills with a message behind,” added Heatyy.

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