New school rapper Mtembeni “Emtee” Ndevu recently released the video for his song We Up and in 57 670 people viewed the video within the day.
In the song Emtee talks about his struggles from poverty to success. In one of the verses he quotes late Kwaito musician Mandoza’s verse in song Umunt’omnyama by the group Chiskop “Umntu omnyama akafuni ubona umntu omnyama eya phambili”. Loosely translated, as “Africans don’t like to see other Africans succeed”.
“I represent the struggle. If I’m boring you with my life story then I’m sorry but it’s all I know, struggle. Stay down, stay positive, stay hopeful and always be thankful,” Emtee said.
Social media community had a lot to say.
Emtee's – We Up is another proper joint.— Thelonious (@Real_Nelson0) November 3, 2016
Emtee Roll up reminds me of last year's December vaycay and lekgowa wanting to qhosha us b/cs we were loudnayi ifosholo hamba uyosicwaba— Nomthandazo (@Mmamo_Nomthee) November 4, 2016
And underrated yaz. Emtee ne roll up yakhe nganele manje, can we just recognise the REAL talent that is @Nasty_CSA! https://t.co/6L6S5EGd7k— Nokwazi Mahaye (@Nokwazi30446026) October 22, 2016
Emtee’s response to the critics.
Whatever you can say … Ok'salayo the real niggas hear me. The trill minority knows whassup— WE UP (@EmteeSA) November 10, 2016
If I'm not working hard then how did I end up with so much!?— WE UP (@EmteeSA) November 10, 2016