Fellow rappers should keep doing their thing and understand that this is not a game for sissy’s. You gotta be a man and learn to stand on your own.
Crisis aka Mr Swagger real name Chisenga Katongo has been in the hip hop industry for over a decade and for each year that goes by he builds his empire. He has held true to his fans, music and turned his music into a a business. He has been nominated and won several international awards and no doubt that he is one of the kings of Hip Hop that define it by success, fans and progress. We interviewed Mr Swagger to find out more about him and his hip hop throne.
“EZM” Crisis, you have been in the game for a long time, you are one of the pioneers of Zambian Hip Hop, what has kept you still on top of your game til today?
“CRISIS” What has kept me on top of my game is, in my opinion the fact that, what I do is not out of the fact that I want to be like another rapper or make a name. I believe it’s because, this is one of the many gifts that God’s given me.
“EZM” You have always rapped in English, why did you not to choose in Bemba or Nyanja?
“CRISIS” I rap in English because, first of all, that is Zambia’s first language. With that said, it simply means that you can use any Zambian language that you wish to but, you will always have to bear in mind that English is very instrumental in our society. There are also a few things that I discovered that I cannot discuss here.
“EZM” What has changed in the game since you started?
“CRISIS” The industry itself has changed in a major way. People seem to be taking music a little more serious and, we have more people in the game now. Although, the sad part is finding the Pot of Gold is only meant for a few so, you’ll find that people get in the game and then realize that they have to deal with real life once the lights go out. The music industry is a game of Chess and Puzzle Pieces.
“EZM” Whats the problem with the younger rappers today?
“CRISIS” I wouldn’t really say that younger rappers have a problem as such. I just think that, it takes a while and a lot of experience to learn the ropes. Some of them get to learn ways in which they can get ahead and some just don’t get it. I’ve had to cut certain rappers out of my circle because of failure to present themselves professionally at work. At the end of the day, we call it the rap game but this is ‘The Music Business.’ Structures that do not fit in, will have to be taken down.
“EZM” Who is running the Zambian Hip Hop?
“CRISIS” That question would be best answered by looking at track records, achievements and how that has impacted Zed Hip-Hop and the country as a whole.
“EZM” Who was your inspiration?
“CRISIS” I made a pact with God when I was young, and he has not failed me. Also, among the musicians, Dr. Dre has always been. This is because,of all musicians in the world, he’s the only one that I think has a mind like mine. He’s very unpredictable and loves to develop new talent while being in a position of power. His characteristics remind me of myself.
“EZM” You have performed in a lot of places, which one has been your memorable?
“CRISIS” My most memorable moment was when I shared the stage with Akon and Sean Paul. I was in front of about 48000 people and the crowd started booing me when I got on stage because the show started late. It was supposed to begin at 12 noon and only started about 21 HRS. They threw empty cans onto the stage as I was performing my first song and then, they suddenly seemed to get into the music. By the time I was performing ‘The Fire Inside’ which was my second song, the crowd went crazy and they started reaching out trying to get a hand shake from me. It was a great feeling being able to turn around an angry crowd. By the time I finished, the whole stadium was saying my name. It was a good example of the power of one. Also because, Soosh Matix was with me on stage. He was always very supportive of my activity and, I’ve felt a great loss that he is nolonger with us.
“EZM” You were “beefing” with XYZ, and Slapdee, how are things now?
“CRISIS” Things are good.
“EZM” Diamond chain? what does it represent in todays Hip Hop industry?
“CRISIS” Originality and a never dying Hunger.
“EZM” C Vin 2 Clothing line? true or false?
“CRIRIS” C Vin 2 is one of the brands owned by my company Diamond Chain Services
“EZM” Whats the future for Zambian Hip Hop?
“CRISIS” She’s got a great future and, she’s definitely going to be successful and good looking. (smiles)
“EZM” How does it feel being nominated for the best southern african video music award?
“CRISIS” Being placed in a category where I have to compete, representing the Southern region is no joke. It’s an honor in itself. It feels good and reflects the impact my music is making on the African continent.
“EZM” Who is running the Hip Hop industry now?
“CRISIS” The illuminati. Ha, ha!! Just Joking. I would say the American market continues to dominate this industry. It wont be long before Africa starts to get a piece of the pie. We all just need to be a little more informed about the key factors and players that matter most.
“EZM” What is CRISIS place in the industry?
“CRISIS” Hip-Hop is like a club or party that everybody wants to get into and, the VIP Room is reserved for me. That’s the best way I can define it.
“EZM” What should we expect from you?
“CRISIS” Only God knows. I never know what to expect of myself. I’ve surprised myself a lot and this has been happening for many years. All I know that greater things are yet to come while I appreciate and count all my current and past blessings.
“EZM” Last words to your fans and fellow rappers?
“CRISIS” Thanks to all my fans for the great support.Fellow rappers should keep doing their thing and understand that this is not a game for sissy’s. You gotta be a man and learn to stand on your own.
EZM Magazine would like to congratulate you on your Channel O nomination, hope you win
“CRISIS” Thank you