Sihle Sithole (born 24 November 1999), known professionally as Blxckie, is a South African rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer from Sydenham Heights, Durban.[1] His debut studio album B4Now (2021) was certified gold in South Africa.

Blxckie
Born
Sihle Sithole

(1999-11-24) 24 November 1999 (age 24)
Sydenham Heights, Durban, South Africa
NationalitySouth African
Other namesSomnyama
Alma materUniversity of KwaZulu-Natal
Occupations
  • Rapper
  • songwriter
  • singer
  • record producer
Musical career
Also known assomnyama yena yedwa
Genres
Labels
  • M4 Entertainment
  • CCA
  • Taylor Records
Websiteblxckie.com

Biography and career edit

Sihle Sithole was born on 24 November 1999 in Sydenham Heights, Durban, South Africa.[2][3] His musical interest started at the age of 8 when he recorded music with his friends.[2] Sithole enrolled at the University of KwaZulu-Natal with a degree in Psychology, but failed to graduate due to the lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic.[2]

In an interview with Akho Mabandla, he commented that he felt there was a disconnect between South African artists and their fans, saying "It's almost like when an artist blows up or gets a little bit of fame, that goes straight to their head. But what they forget is that the fans will always be the thing that stands between you and greatness. As much as they love the music, we need them to keep listening if we want to stick around, and that's what I'm all about."[1][4]

In March 2020, Sithole visited Johannesburg as the country underwent a 21-day lockdown, as a result of COVID. Whilst in Johannesburg, his popularity soared as he released multiple songs on Soundcloud[5]

Early that same month, he was named Up Next artist by Apple Music.[6][7][8]

On 30 April 2021, his single "David" was released.[9] The song was certified gold in South Africa.[10]

On 10 May 2021, he announced a single "Ye ×4" featuring Nasty C and the release date via his Instagram account.[11][12] The song was released 14 May 2021.

"Ye×4" was certified double platinum with sales of over 40,000 units.[10]

His debut studio album B4Now was released on 21 May 2021. It features appearances from artists such as Nasty C, LucasRaps, FLVME, Rowlene, and LeoDaleo.[4][5][13] The album was certified gold in South Africa with sales of over 10,000 units.

Blxckie embarked on his B4Now Tour on 26 November, kicking off in his home city of Durban at The Warehouse; that included 10 dates that ran through to December 2021. The tour was supported by mainstream talents such as A-Reece, Nasty C, Zakes Bantwini, Nadia Nakai, Sjava, Focalistic, Okmalumkoolkat, Big Zulu, as well as upcoming talents such as Shizze, LeoDaLeo, 031Choppa, Clout Internet Boyz and itsbambino.[14][15]

He won Freshman of the Year and was nominated for Album of the Year (B4Now), Song of the Year ("Ye×4") and Best Collaboration at the South African Hip Hop Awards 2021.[16][17]

In December 2021, he ranked number 1 on MTV Base: SA's Hottest MCs.[18][19]

"Cold" was released as his new EP's lead single on 3 February 2022, at the time of release he also announced the release date of his EP via his Instagram account.[20]

On 18 February 2022, his EP 4LUV was released.[21] He later collaborated with fellow South African rapper A-Reece on the song "Sneaky".

He would then be nominated as the Best International Flow at the BET Hip Hop Awards in 2022.

Endorsement edit

In May 2022, he was announced as the ambassador of clothing brand Redbat x Sportscene.[22]

Discography edit

Studio albums edit

Title Type Album details Certification
B4Now
[23][24]
Studio album
Gold

Singles and EPs edit

Title Type Album details Certification
Eqnx II EP
It Feels Like a Dream
Blxck Panda (with Khumz)
4LUV • Release date: 18 February 2022

• Label: M4 Entertainment

• Formats: Digital Download

The 4Mula •Release date: 2022

•Label: Taylor Records •Formats: Digital download

As featured artist edit

List of singles as featured artist, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
ZA
"Sete"
(K.O featuring Blxckie and Young Stunna)
2022 1 2× Platinum[25][26] SR3
"Slow Down"( Holly Rey featuring Blxckie) 2023 Non–Album single
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Awards and nominations edit

BET UK Hip Hop Awards edit

Year Nominee / work Award Result Ref.
2022 Himself Best International Flow Nominated [27]

Clout Africa Awards edit

Year Nominee / work Award Result Ref.
2022 Himself Songwriter of the Year Won [28]

References edit

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  11. ^ "New Blxckie x Nasty C 'Ye X 4' Drops Friday | Hype Magazine". Hype Magazine. 11 May 2021. Archived from the original on 25 September 2021. Retrieved 27 May 2022.
  12. ^ "Blxckie and Nasty C Prove Durban Really Got The Juice in New Single 'Ye ×4' - OkayAfrica". OkayAfrica. Archived from the original on 27 May 2022. Retrieved 27 May 2022.
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  17. ^ "SOUTH AFRICAN HIP-HOP AWARDS: NOMINEES LIST:". thesouthafrican.com. 5 July 2021. Archived from the original on 2 January 2022. Retrieved 2 January 2022.
  18. ^ Shumba, Ano (7 December 2021). "SA: MTV Base announces Hottest MCs of 2021". Music In Africa. Archived from the original on 6 March 2022. Retrieved 6 March 2022.
  19. ^ Darangwa, Shingai (6 December 2021). "Blxckie rightfully crowned as SA's 'Hottest MC'". Independent Online. Archived from the original on 27 May 2022. Retrieved 27 May 2022.
  20. ^ "Blxckie Announces New '4LUV' EP Dropping 18th Feb | Hype Magazine". Hype Magazine. 9 February 2022. Archived from the original on 28 May 2022. Retrieved 28 May 2022.
  21. ^ Rasephei, Sekese (21 February 2022). "Blxckie releases his R&B rooted EP 4LUV to celebrate the month of love". theplugmag. Archived from the original on 29 June 2022. Retrieved 28 May 2022.
  22. ^ Jabulani, John (24 May 2022). "Blxckie Announces New Partnership With RedBat". Ubetoo. Archived from the original on 28 May 2022. Retrieved 28 May 2022.
  23. ^ "Blxckie Somnyama brings a fresh and unique sound to the local hip hop scene". sowetourban.co.za. Archived from the original on 4 January 2022. Retrieved 11 January 2022.
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  27. ^ "Nakai and Blxckie nominated for 2022 BET Hip Hop awards". Sunday World. 13 September 2022. Archived from the original on 13 September 2022. Retrieved 13 September 2022.
  28. ^ Hansen, Gabriel Myers (3 May 2022). "Clout Africa Awards 2022: All the winners | Music In Africa". Music In Africa. Archived from the original on 6 May 2022. Retrieved 6 May 2022.

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