Veteran South African rapper Ma-E who just released a new album has opened up on his former label, his relationship with former business partner K.O and more. Read excerpts from the interview below.
On getting abuse after Cashtime’s demise
“I got alot of negativity from social media and the people involved. I took a knock. I was part of the business and the fact that I had released an album while things were happening and people were leaving. People were saying that I couldn’t run a company and that I could not be a businessman and artists at the same time,” he said.
On not being able to lead Cashtime
“You discuss about something and you suggest something but there are two other people going another direction so the company goes that way. At the end of the day when everything falls apart, everyone has to take the blame. I also had to take the blame because I was not strong enough. I wasn’t harsh enough as a leader. I didn’t fight for things I should have.”
On his new 212 album
“It was a surprise for fans because I have been promising them all year that I would be releasing music after what happened with Cashtime. For me, this album is about showing people that you can move on and look forward. That is me, I know that when things are bad, I just have to move on and pray to God that things will work out. And they have.”
On His relationship with K.O
“He is my brother. I call him all the time and we speak out our careers. In business, things didn’t go well but he will remain my brother. He knows what he did wrong and I know what I did wrong but I still rely on him and value his advice.”
On His relationship with his brother Ntukza
“We call each other all the time and he is my blood. People have moments (where they fight) but you have to speak if you are family, There were awkward moments but we had to speak because we are blood brothers. Now we have settled our differences and we are all good.”