After being in the music industry for over ten years Local rapper Slammer (Jeffrey Haoseb), finally released his debut album. The Hip Hop Is My Girlfriend hit-maker, released the album this week at a well-attended event at a restaurant in Wernhil Park in Windhoek.
The Slammer debut features local artists such as Sunny Boy, Dice, 3DB, Paul Da Prince, Mr Diamonds, Glo, KaniBal, MZ and Salvador.
Slammer said he decided to work with them because he believes in their talent and skills. He said “I really do vibe with all these artists. They all are like brothers to me and I love their music.”
Singles that the artist has released over the years are Dance 4 Me featuring Baby-G (2008), Fresh from the hood (2009), Boys In The Hood featuring D-Jay, M-Dwayne, and Shawty (2010), Hip Hop Is My Girlfriend featuring Bertholdt (2011) and I Like featuring Jaicee Cole (2012).
When questioned about releasing an album a decade after he hit the music scene, the rapper said, “I needed to put together a masterpiece and this album is my masterpiece. I have always told myself that good things come to those who persevere. It does not matter where and how you start, but rather where and how you end.”
The artist said songs this is favourite songs on the new album include Passion Killer, Week in, week out and Taxi driver.
Slammer said he released Passion Killer, with the main to create more awareness about the need to stop gender based violence (GBV) in Namibia and the world. “I feel that GBV is a huge global concern. I want to motivate people to love and care for each other instead of hurting one another,” the artist explained.
Week In Week Out is a feel good song with a Namibian flavour and content. The song was released as a single a few weeks ago, to give the public an idea of what they can expect from the album.
Slammer said the idea behind the song Taxi Driver, is to respect everyone’s everyday hustle.
The artist officially started working on this album in 2016. “The album is a sample of three years of hard work that I have put together. Working on the album was hard and very stressful for me. I had to constantly send song files back and forth for mixing and mastering. It was so frustrating for me, but things are done and my project is finally done. I am excited about the end project,” he said.
Now that the album is released Slammer said that he is already thinking about his second album, but for now he plans to take his new sound internationally. “I want to push this album for at least two years straight. I am doing this, because I believe that the songs are of quality and the album has 20 songs,” he said.
At the album launch, Slammer also released his autobiography. He said his sponsors suggested it. Jacob Amagulu from Kiano Investments CC said to release an autobiography is important because it is where people get know more about the artist. “Many people are often inspired and motivated when they read about an artist’s backstory. I would suggest that more Namibian artists start doing this, because it can help build their music career,” said Amagulu.