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Artiste Glory Majesty shares his journey to embracing hip hop

“I DIDN T CHOOSE HIP HOP; hip hop chose me. There s nothing else I know in this life like hip hop,” said Radjab Kagame, also known by his artist name as Glory Majesty. The 25-year-old rapper believes that he was destined to rap and declares that he would live and die with hip hop. Growing up, his father had a radio and used to play music around their house in Musanze. Glory said that it’s what made him love music too much. At the age of 5, his family moved to Kigali and at 9, he came across a crew called Heavy Gangs who introduced him to hip hop. Since then, he started writing some lyrics as well as listening to different rappers like Notorious BIG, Tupac, and 50cent among others. He shared that he grew up with a hip hop culture, adding that he was a strange kid whose gait, outfit and speech pattern reflected hip hop. He added that he was motivated by his neighbourhood and the friends he grew up with, since they took hip hop as a way of living, expressing themselves freely in the world full of lies as well as acquiring knowledge. “Hip is the movement and hop is knowledge. So, you can t become a good rapper if you are not smart or don t read books,” he said. “Hip hop is the first thing I am good at. One thing I like about it is that it changed my life and made me smart and curious about this world I am living in.” Talking about his artist name, he explained that Glory is an abbreviation of “Gangstar live once real young” and that Majesty means a king for he believes that he is a king in his own world. In 2016 when he was 20, Glory Majesty became more solemn about music. It was after his mother passed away. According to him, his rap songs reflect his past experiences. Some of his notable songs are Ghetto, Rap kung Fu, Isi yanjye, Impamvu and his latest, Deal. He shared that rap in Rwanda is getting better, detailing that rappers are making international standardised music that anybody across the world can listen to and love. Moreover, he is grateful that he does what he likes at a young age and that expressing himself in this world and inspiring young stars is his call. He believes that his future is bright. Tackling his challenge, he said that some people don t understand hip hop culture which results in judging the way he talks or dresses and call him a bandit. However, he said that he enjoys what he does and embraces the pain that comes with it, adding that the daily challenges he faces are part of the process. He added that he is working on his EP called Mood ya Street and is striving to put Rwandan Hip hop on another level hence leaving a strong legacy behind.


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