In 2014, when Emtee released his hit song “Roll Up”, detractors made sure to point out that the rapper’s flow, as well as the song itself, was quite similar to that of some prominent American rappers. Rapper Wiz Khalifa’s “We Dem Boyz” and O.T Genasis’ “Coco” were cited as songs that were somewhat identical to his own, sonically and flow-wise, respectively. But what his detractors could however not take away from him was the fact that he used mostly South African indigenous languages to rap the very catchy song which caught the attention of heavyweight African artists like Wizkid and AKA who were quick to line up for a remix that was arguably one of the biggest songs on the continent.
Since that time, Emtee has gone on to win a flurry of awards, however, his career trajectory has not quite turned out to be what many and the artist himself had hoped it would be. Read on to find out what happened to him as well as other details of his personal life.
Biography of Emtee
On the 15th of September 1992 in Matatiele, Eastern Cape, South Africa, Emtee was welcomed to the world as Mthembeni Ndevu. From a very young age, the young boy who was raised in Soweto wanted to be a musician. At around the age of nine, he was able to make his very first stage performance which was at the Yeoville primary school talent show.
In the years that followed, the aspiring musician continued to make strides towards making his dream a reality. He did so by becoming the youngest choir conductor at Barnato Park High School and also winning a number of musical competitions as a member of his school’s marimba band. By the time he turned 17, Emtee had reportedly begun making money from his music and thus stopped paying attention to his education.
In 2010, he collaborated with SA rapper Maraza on a song titled “In It To Win It” which saw them make a number of media appearances, giving Emtee the much-needed publicity he needed to take his music to the next level.
The game-changing moment of his career came in 2015 after the release of his single “Roll Up”. The track got major airplay within South Africa and outside its borders, further garnering Emtee his first award for the Song Of The Year at the 2015 South African Hip Hop Awards.
Other awards that he has since won include Best Music Video, Best Remix, Best Hip Hop Album, and Listeners’ Choice Award at the 2016 Metro FM Music Awards. At the 22nd South African Music Awards that year, he further took home the Best Rap Album and Amstel Record of the Year awards.
Who Is His Girlfriend?
Emtee has been in a long term relationship with the mother of his two sons, Nicole Kendall Chinsamy. While it is not exactly clear when they began dating, the two have reportedly been together long before the rapper achieved fame in 2015. In that same year, they had their first child Avery before going on to welcome their second child in 2018.
Despite the distractions that may occur due to Emtee’s fame, the couple look to be going strong in their relationship as rumors of possible nuptials have been going around in recent time. Neither party has however spoken on whether they intend to get married in the near future although they have repeatedly reiterated their commitment to one another.
It should not come as a surprise to hear that Emtee has been able to garner himself huge fortune thanks to the success of his music career. The rapper, whose debut album sold thousands of copies and spent a long time at the top of the South African Hip Hop / Rap iTunes Chart, is estimated to be worth about $300,000. With this, he has been able to afford himself a somewhat lavish lifestyle that has him owning a number of luxurious vehicles, including a Mercedes-AMG A45 and a mansion in a choice neighboorhood.
What Happened To Emtee
In 2016, reports of Emtee being killed from a knife stabbing in South Africa circulated the internet. As condolence messages from all corners of the SA music industry were being sent to the rapper, he took to his verified Twitter handle to debunk the reports, adding that he is very much alive and working on new music. The self-titled African Trap Music pioneer has however not been quite able to replicate the success he enjoyed in his debut year although he continues to release music frequently.