Hip hop has fought for its way for a seat among the popular genres of Zimbabwean music and it seems it is just the beginning

More and more talent is relentlessly finding its way to the mainstream. One such creative is 9xne, a hip-hop artist that everyone should watch out for. Here is a brief look into the person of 9xne


What is your full name?

Masimba Zvobgo

What does 9xne give that is lacking in the industry?

9xne offers a unique blend of high-octane melodic delivery and hard hitting execution over a range of instrumentals so vast this could be the most diverse catalogue in the country that’s under construction.

When did you start make music and how was been your journey so far?

I started writing when I was 13 but recorded my first ever studio song in 2015.


I’d say the journey so far has been nothing short of a lesson. I realized it’s not as easy as its made to look, its actually very difficult to get any ground with a team or at least some funding. I’ve had to learn that the hard way haha.

How many albums do you have and when can we expect a new project?

So far, my discography consists of an EP and a mixtape both released on the 31st of December 2020 for free streaming on Audiomack. An elite collection of single releases makes up the majority of the current discography

Your music is different from the rest, what influences your unique hip hop style?

My style of hip hop is obviously heavily influenced by international standards set by mainly the West. I was able to incorporate that into my own storytelling and struck the right chord with a certain type of crowd. I’ve just b

Can you say you are receiving enough support as an artist?

I feel like support is earned from the people. There has never been a greater demand for Hip Hop music than there is now and that’s all the support I believe we need

Which of your songs are you most proud of?

“On My Mind” has really done well in the past few weeks and I believe it still has the potential to do even more. I’m very proud of this one though it’s opened some very vital doors for me

What inspires you to make music?

I started at an early age to be honest I don’t think I remember exactly what inspires me. From time to time you meet an artist that gives you that feeling of wanting to be better than you were before and that’s always inspirational but other than that its just a part of who I am.

If you were not a musician, what would you be?

If I wasn’t a musician I’d be a digital artist most likely. I’m good with drawing and so on and that makes it an option for me I guess

Which artist inspires you?

Across the continent, Nasty C and Rema are huge inspirations of mine

What does Zim hip hop need to go international?

As far as the genre and culture itself acceptance of a number of different styles of hip hop is what is needed to push the genre forward. Maybe if we stopped treating language as a barrier but as a bridge to other parts of Africa and the world ZimHipHop would finally approach the international stage.

Any words of inspiration to other young artists?

Words of inspiration to other upcoming artists : Do what you feel has to be done. Nobody has the formula yet. Not in Zimbabwe. Do what you feel you must to get to where you need to b


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