5 Minutes With The King of Kaapstad, YOUNGSTACPT

"It’s a dream come true really. I guess it’s how Americans feel knowing people in Africa can recite their music when they do concerts here for the 1st time, only this time it’s from a local perspective so my audience can relate easier..."

 

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We linked up with the King of Kaapstad, Riyadh Roberts, AKA YoungstaCPT. Representing Wynberg, the guardian of the city is pushing the limits of his music through his lyrics, fashion and personality. Having been hailed as the lyricist of year in 2017, he's on a mission to make a bigger impact on SA Hip/Hop. The 021’s favourite son dropped into our Braam store in Jozi to drop off some kicks and chat about his quest to represent the people’s side of his city, inspiration and new music.

SL: You represent the voice of hip/hop and youth culture coming out of Cape Town/ Kaap Stad - what's it like having every kid from Bo-Kaap to Sydney knowing your name and your music?

Y: It’s a dream come true really. I guess it’s how Americans feel knowing people in Africa can recite their music when they do concerts here for the 1st time, only this time it’s from a local perspective so my audience can relate easier. To represent a entire demographic is a big responsibility so I’m very careful with what I choose to put out but I’m also aggressive in my approach because we can’t be afraid to raise our voices and be heard.

 

SL: What does it feel like to be awarded Lyricist of Year at the 2017 SA HIP HOP Awards?

Y: Feels like I have to watch what I say now, but its good knowing I won and award for my writing abilities.

 

SL: How did you get into making music?

Y: It was always a desire of mine to be a musician but particularly a rapper. Hip hop always looked so colorful with the graffiti and the clothing, full of flavor. I also think because it spoke about the hood environment we could relate.

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SL: Where does your inspiration for your music come from?

Y: Inspiration can come from anything & anywhere at any time. If you are conscious enough to capture life as it’s happening you’ll be able to make a song from every situation.

 

SL: Local streetwear brands are now peaking the interest on international audiences - brands like 2Bop and Cornerstore represent the unrepresented youth - can you tell us about your personal style?

Y: My mother styled me most of my life so I just took what she taught me and modified it according to hip hop. Cape Townians generally have a signature style so by mixing all these elements together I formed my own unique identity.

SL:  Tell us about the new album coming soon?

Y: My album is called 3T (Things Take Time) and will basically be a culmination my life, ideas, thoughts hopes, nightmares and dreams. A true Kaapstad narrative told by the youth based on the past of our people, their present state and their future 
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SL: Finish the sentence:

"In 2020 YoungstaCPT will be..."

Y: Owning it 

SL: What kicks are on rotation at the moment?

Y: Jordan 1s, Air Pippens and Uptempo’s

SL: What was your first sneaker memory as a kid? 

Y: I remember going to Wynberg main road regularly because that’s where I grew up, going to stores like Speed Trainer, Zak & Miller & American Clothing just to look at the selection. I think window shopping was as thrilling as buying it.

SL: What can we expect from YoungstaCPT in 2018?

Y: A gold or platinum album called 3T

SL: Thank you so much for linking up with us.

Y: Salutas!
Put four fingers up and twist it in the middle! Keep your eyes locked to your local gig-guide and check out Y?Gen or connect with YoungstaCPT on Instagram.
 
Salutas!
Images by Neo Lebyane

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