For all those who don’t know this guy, he is Mr “HYPE Freshman 2017”, Mr “The Radio Asks For My Songs”, Mr “I Never Lied On A Song”, Mr “Go Ahead And Make Some Money”. While most people know him as JSK X.X.V.I(26), I know him as Thokozani Mkhwanazi, the Mpumalanga kid doing big things.
I first heard of this 23 year old through the Twitter streets, and the noise was unbearable. So I naturally decided to listen and from that point, I had been introduced to a brother. JSK’s music has been a reference point for most of my life’s woes and celebrations. With sharp lyricism, passion driven storytelling and banging beats, JSK slowly sneaked into my life as a therapist through his music. With every project, I feel like he secretly hid a piece of encouragement or a sense reassurance that I’m not alone.
Things really started popping for this man when his Nostalgia EP started picking up with lead single, “Lighters” started getting airplay and things started looking a little different for the boy. 6 clean songs which were well written, well produced and very well placed together were surely going to score him 5000+ streams but he didn’t stop there. The year of the Frequencies took place and presented JSK with his best year yet. 3 weeks at the peak of UJFM’s charts, 2 songs at the peak of YFM’s “The Bomb Chart”and still, he was not done.
JSK ended the year very well with Frequencies 2 dropping, which turned out to be my favorite of all because of my mind state at that point and obviously the great quality in the EP. So many things in that EP that were placed to encourage, to comfort and to give hope to it’s listeners which, in my opinion is the main reason why he has never lost a listener. With that done, “Sober” happened and I knew he was up to no good. Listen to “Frequencies 2” here:
His latest accolade comes with him beginning the year on the cover of HYPE Magazine among some of the most promising rappers for 2017. This was just another sign that this Mpumalanga storyteller is not here to play any games and that he’s only going to make it one way and that’s the most powerful route for any musician; Pure emotion.
Listen to his latest single, “Sober”:
Facebook: JSK X.X.V.I
May the Frequencies be with you.