When Tebogo Thekiso, aka ProVerb started rapping in 1999 all he wanted to do was sound cool and be better than the next rapper on the scene, little did he know that he had sparked the flame to a fire that would engulf the whole of SA and other parts of the mother continent. 9 years and 3 albums later, ProVerb has built himself a career in the world of entertainment with his ability to craft pictures, dreams and emotions with words as the driving force. His tenacious attitude and not believing in being second best has helped place his name in the hearts and minds of South Africans of all ages and walks of life.
Born in Kimberly in the Northern Cape, or ‘Dime City Rhyme City’ as it’s now commonly known, Verb’s humility, socially-conscious and clean content have earned himself tens of thousands of fans in SA and abroad. One of the very few rappers who don’t use vulgar language in their rhymes, Verb has that widespread appeal to audiences old and young. In 2004 he released his official debut album, The Book of ProVerb, through independent record label Outrageous Records. This album marked the birth of a flourishing career for the Kimberley MC – a true diamond in the rough that would shine like no other. This album featured the massive singles ‘I have a dream’, ‘Microphone Sweet Home’ and ‘Heart Beat’.
After being quiet for sometime to focus on different entertainment avenues in entertainment, Verb has finally dropped his much anticipated third album Write of Passage, his second major release through Gallo. This album boasts Verb’s largest amounts of collaborations to date including HHP, Maggz, Mode9, Morale, Ferdy (Urban Reign), Tamarsha, TeePee, Clu and others. Notable producers include Ameen, IV League, Leo Large, Top Shayela, Don Juan (Octave Couplet) and introduces hot new beat-maker Raven MC – who will blow you away with his DJ Premier style of beats on the songs ‘Tryna Get It’, ‘Hip Hop’ and ‘ProMode’.
ProVerb is a true African star that has shown his potential as an artist and a brand that manages to appeal to a wide audience. His work ethic and creativity will see him grow to new heights where he can set the standard on how local and even international artists handle their careers as entertainers and as socially responsible citizens. With right resources made available to him he will become the poster boy for South African musicians and youth to look up to.
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