I wrote this fresh off a long inner debate between I and I. “They don’t support”, “you aren’t making enough noise” and “they don’t owe you sh*t, hommie.” were amongst the statements said in that mental room. Three seconds later, I was composing a Facebook post as if “f**k it!” was all I heard.
The name is Von Intellekt AKA I Am Banksy Fused With Langston Hughes. I have entered Jägermeister’s Back the Artist and the aim is to win. “Y’all don’t hear me doe!” still banging hard on the back of my mind too. Reached a milestone of 500 followers on my Facebook page (thank you so much) and I said I’d release something if that happened. I felt the time couldn’t have been any better (and worse at the same time but we won’t get into that). Why should you back me? Because I’m from the same hood as you? Support Local or Die? Local is Lekker? Nah. Because…quality. I come to you with nothing but the makings of creating something iconic. Something that can live forever. If you are reading this right now then please have complete faith in me when I say it is no coincidence. I create. I am busy creating a project that will be produced, endorsed and owned by our beautiful African people. That is my wish. So many products have been popping up on the scene and I am very proud of the movement of this generation. Why are we so hesitant to buy those? Same way you “tried out” so and so or such and such. I come with my own sound in this music. I believe in purpose. I believe in meaning. Leaving something on this Earth that can change lives through altering mindsets.
I am an artist worth being on this journey with through the process of creating something. I call it something because it’s interchangeable with whatever it is YOU want to pursue. I can only hope that my project becomes successful enough so I can inspire more.
With that said, I challenge every show promoter, radio DJ and music listeners to give their hometown artists a chance. Pay them for performances, put them on and buy their music. BACK THE ARTIST.
I make music from the heart and soul. I put strength in my pen. I paint pictures. I have fun doing it and I love it. BACK THIS ARTIST!!!
– Von Intellekt