IT’S a double celebration for rapper Speedy (real name Harold Matlaku).
This because the talented artist is having a wonderful June.
This month, he scored an expensive diamond-and-platinum chain – and the hit single,Impumelelo.
The track was produced by newcomer Lawazi Kohlase/Kay Wiz Beatz Drops on iTunes.
And it’s available for downloads on all platforms.
Speedy shot the Impumelelo video a fortnight ago.
The pricey chain was presented to him by his old friend, well-known R&B artist Sisqo, real name Mark Althaven Andrews.
Speedy told Sunday Sun the chain, with a fire-breathing dragon pendant on it, is a stunning work of art.
This impressive piece of bling cost US$6 000 (R96 000).
It was a thank you gift to mark 18 years of friendship
between Speedy and Sisqo.
The top rapper told the People’s
Paper: “This beautiful chain with a dragon motif is a symbol of appreciation for our friendship.
“I was just one of his fans in the
beginning, but now I’m his best friend.
“It all started in 2008 when I was just a fan who
become a friend.
visited him in New York and met his entire family, including his mum and dad.
“I’ve travelled to the United States and spent almost half the year there, doing some research into the kind of modern music that can get people on the dance floor.
“While I was visiting Sisqo in New York I discovered that people over there really love the Nigerian Afro-Beat.
“That’s why my album is
influenced by Nigerian Afro-Beat.
“My music is international and I’m targeting mainly that market.”
Speedy told Sunday Sun his good friend Sisqo is featured on an album that he’s planning to release in August this year.
The album is titled The Gift, and has a Nigerian Afro-Beat flavour to it.
It’s a labour of love and Speedy brought in some heavyweights to make the tracks a marvel to listen to.
Other top artists who worked with Speedy on the upcoming album include award-winning artist Donald, the group Uhuru, as well as Bongo Maffin
member, Jah Seed.
Speedy told the People’s Paper he is also hoping to seal a deal for the upcoming album with the powerful
US-based R&B artist, Genuwine.