Killing it with Top Shambole,Mr B-Blok Exclusive

            Music is dynamic, and of late it has been changing rapidly. We as fans follow the lead therefore, artists are forced to follow suit as well to keep up. Hip Hop music has always been dominating our airwaves and mostly catering to a certain niche and community.
            We hear new songs played on the regular from artists who come and go and form those who have been in the game for quite some time. One may wonder how some have managed to stay relevant and how the newbies managed to penetrate the market too.
            Like they always say, Rap is poetry, but how creative are rappers these days? Does it really translate to what we fans want? How do we respond to that? Well I guess we all have answers to most if not all of these questions. If a singer communicates well with us, of course we respond by pushing and jamming to their music in all sorts of ways.
Today on The Sopranist Blog we got a chance to Profile a young Rapper from the north of Botswana in Francistown. This is how it

For those who don’t know B-Blok, tell them who you are.
            My name is Baboloki B-blok Dambe, I was born on the 2nd of August 1989 and raised in Francistown. My home village is Nswazwi. I am from a family of 5, 4 boys and one girl. I did my primary at Mahube Primary School then proceeded to Donga Junior Secondary School followed by Francistown Senior School then Limkowing University and Institute of Development Management.
            I consider myself to be an open minded, friendly guy and naturally shy guy, but I make sure I don’t disclose that to people though LOL.

Without wasting any time, let’s get straight to it, your music, take us through your music career from inception to date?
            I started listening to hip hop at the age of 11 from my elder brothers. By the age of 14 I had started raping and I went by the name, Lil Rhyme a name I was given by my ghost writer (Rich). When I was 15, my crush gave me the name B-Blok, which was taken from my birth name Baboloki, I also started writing my own lyrics and by then I was only doing underground music. At 16, I put music aside and concentrated on my studies and it was later during my Senior School years that I continued with Music. I met other Rappers and we got to exchange music ideas.
            After completing my grade 12, I started working on producing my own beats and later on dropped a 24 track mixtape that featured people from my Hood (Somerset Extension) and still, we were underground.
In 2008 I meet my old school buddies Log Bone who recruited me to join a hip hop group by the name Gwap Goons, who I began producing beats for and then we started the F-Town we go hard movement. We did a couple of shows to promote our music with Gwap Goons, we even dropped mixtapes for our fan base, which they enjoyed a lot.
            During my last year of varsity I, met Touch through my brother, Touch released a single I produced titled “I want them all”. Expose was very vital to my music career so in 2011 I worked with a lot of BW artists.
            In 2012 I left Gwap Goons to push my own solo career, my vision was no longer in-line with Gwap Goons hence I departed. In that same year I released a single called Hotel Lafayette ft KEB then 2014 I dropped yet another single titled Patiently Waiting featuring Apollo D, ShaY and DXL and did well commercially on the local radio stations.
            In early 2015 I dropped a monster SINGLE Titled TOP SHAMBOL feat Touch x Klasick

Explain to us your musical sound.
            My sound and production is mostly influenced by the current trends. I like to vary in what I do. I do not like being predictable hence I try by all means to avoid a monotonous sound.

What and who are your musical Influences?
            As mentioned above my sound is influenced by the trends, emotions and mood at that moment.

Do you compose, write, produce and or arrange your own music?
            I produce beats, rap, I also mix and master songs.

How many albums or mixtapes have you released to date and how did Batswana respond to them?
            The only Commercial mixtapes I dropped was with Gwap Goons the feedback was satisfactory. Even the songs from the mixtape got a chance to be played on the local radios.

I understand you have a single on the Charts, how does that feel?
            The feeling is awesome, I mean when you have a song on the charts, it means it is that good hence listeners stay voting for it and all that. The single went to Number one on the Yarona Fm Official Top 40, the song is also on the Duma FM Mascom top 20.

What is your take on the music industry and how do you make yourself to stay relevant?
            I would say resources are a challenge at the moment to artist who do not reside in Gaborone. I keep my ears open for new trends internationally that’s how keep up to date.

Any memorable moments throughout your career?

How do you promote your music and brand?
            I do it via Social Media, Newspaper, word of mouth, music sites, events, radio, TV and any platform I’m given a chance to do so.

How important is image in the music industry and how do you maintain your image?
            Basically how one handles themselves in front of the people determines how much respect one will earn from the fans, so what people see is what they get. I try keeping up with the trends, making sure I communicate with my followers/fans at all times so that they stay updated with what I am up too.

Any new music coming our way anytime soon?
            From my side as a rapper we will wait until next year but from one of our signed artist Leo just dropped a single produced by me titled Catwalk ft Klasick.

Anyone locally or cross boarder you would love to collaborate with?
      Locally I would love to work with Licky, she’s got this new sound that caught my attention & Young Black, and Internationally it has to be Blaze (South Africa), Dream Team & AKA.

Besides music what else does Dambe Do?
     I am a Manager at one of Wal-Mart’’s giant retail Groups, and I am also Brand Ambassador for Go Hard Clothing.

It’s almost the end of the year, what are you most excited about 2016?

If I were to turn on your music player right now, what would be the top 3 most played songs?
  • Kevin Kossom - Anticipation,
  • Jerimiah feat Ty - Dolla Sign,
  • French Montana - Don’t tell em

What keeps motivated?
            The support I get from my family and fans

Where do you envision yourself in the next coming years?
            Invading the International Music Arena

Where and how can one get hold of you and your music?
Facebook: b-blok Exclusive
Reverbnation: b-blok exclusive
Instagram: @GoHard_Clothingbw

Your last words to our readers.
        Thank you for the opportunity to have a feature on your blog and to the readers, thank you for your time for reading my interview.

Signing out
Mr Orsen Pepe
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