In Conversation with: Hillzy

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Hillzy is an independent Zimbabwean artist specializing in mainly Hip Hop, Rnb & Trap soul. Check out his latest track – TV room ft Garry Mapanzure.

What do you hope people will take away from listening to your music?

My words! Forget the beat and the harmonies but the lyrics… I just don’t jump on a beat with no substance.

Where did your love for music come from?

I can say I always had it ever since I was young, but I had no idea. I would sing along to my mum’s gospel CD’s. It’s only when I attended St Faith’s Mission School in form one – that’s when I started my journey, aware of the passion/talent I had. I tried out for choir and I fell in love with music instantly. I joined several choral groups, played ngoma and in no time I was thinking of recording professionally during my form 4 break.

Where do you get the inspiration for your songs?

Personal experiences mostly. It might be something profound I said before or something I did/ went through.

What have been the highlights of your career so far?

– SABC 2 & SABC 3 performances on Hectic9ine & Morning Expresso

– A Hype Magazine feature 

– Adidas Streetwear Ambassadorship

– Best Diaspora Zim Hip Hop Award

– Working with various artists in the Industry

– Being selected by Mr Eazi as one of the #empawa100

Which one of your songs is your favourite?

Hold You Down, the intro to my last project Overdue. I really love the beat and the time I invested in it. I could feel I had just started entered a whole new level in terms of my art.

Where in the world do you wish to perform one day?

Nowhere specific to be honest. I do however wish to fill up a venue full of authentic Hillzy fans singing my songs word for word – those Tuku type of shows. 

What is the most important lesson that life has taught you?

Biggest life lesson – Consistency is key.

What song is the soundtrack to your life?

Drake – Mob Ties

Which artists have been your favourite to work with? 

Garry, Beatsmith & H3nry! They are more than blood to me, man the vibe is just amazing. The others I have worked with I either haven’t met them & just sent verses or it was for a short time.

Which artists would you like to work with?

Tamy Moyo & Dakari.

What can we expect from you for the rest of the year?

Two or three more features and an EP :).

Who are your top 3 artists right now and why them?

1. Chris Brown

2. Drake

3. Lil Wayne

Because I relate to their songs & I admire their style of writing.

If you weren’t an artist what would you be?

I would be a full time Software Engineer.

How would you like to be remembered?

A legend. A go getter. A dreamer.

What advice would you give to upcoming young artists?

Don’t give up. Consistency is key, take criticism constructively, strive to improve & always be better. Pray hard.

Social media

Twitter: @hillzy911

Instagram: hillzy911

YouTube: hillzy911

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