The multi-talented Tebogo Thekiso aka Proverb needs no introduction. He has been part and parcel of the entertainment fabric in South Africa for over a decade now.
Channel O threw some questions at him to find out more about the Kimberly born 33 year old. You know all the facts about his resume so we thought we should get into the personal, dig in:
Ten years into it now, what do you wish they had told you?
I wish they had told me to read the contract, to study the fine print, to own my work. All my earlier work is owned by the labels I was signed to at the time and I certainly wished I was in a better position to make better decisions back then. I’ve since learned and I know better and I own all my reset work.
How and when did you meet Hip Hop?
Hip Hop and I met up in school around 1994. I was intrigued by this style of music and only got to know it around 1995. By 1997 in High school my classmates and I had formed a crew and we used to enter talent shows and competitions. By the time I came up to Jo’burg in 1999 I had a style, which I’ve been riding ever since.
What’s your all-time favourite Hip Hop album and why?
It has to be Canibus with his “Can I Bus album.” This is when I was introduced to punch lines and metaphors on a track. Vicious delivery and intensity in flows, easily one of the emcees that had the most influence on me back in the day.
Whose chair would you like to sit on for a day?
Tough to answer because I love my own chair at the moment.
I wish I could speak the following languages:
French as my favorite language of all time and Xhosa so I can relate with my wife’s relatives better.
I’m really good at:
Writing, listening, freestyling, expressing myself, tennis and familyhood (if there’s such a thing).
If only I was better at:
Self discipline, healthy living, gym.
Everybody knows this about me:
I speak well but I’m socially awkward.
What have you learned from life so far?
That nothing is impossible and we set our own limits.
Extra hours in a day or more money in the bank?
Extra hours to spend with my family
Selfless, honest, committed, my family,
In my heart, I always carry…
My family, my desire for higher, some Hip Hop beats.
Whats is your observation on the state of Hip Hop in South Africa right now?
I love the current state of Hip Hop. Guys are achieving greater success, media can’t deny our existence and no show is complete without a Hip Hop act.
Describe 43-year-old Proverb’s life.
Family oriented, calmer, wiser, well read, educated, well spoken, gentleman, super husband, exquisite dad, still a mean lyricist, successful, diverse.
Proverb is a special guest on Turn Up this Friday at 19:30. Tune in to get the ins on what has surely been an incredible journey thus far.