Snotkop is a South African rapper who makes his music in different African languages like Sotho and Afrikaans. He is referred to as the king of Afrikaans’ rap. Snotkop has carved a niche for himself in the world of music, and in this niche, he is king. He has proven to the world that music can be made in any language and appeal to all.
From a very young age, he knew his passion and has followed it. Today, he has become a big name in the industry. But despite being so famous, Snotkop does not crave media attention. He tries as much as possible to keep his life under the wraps.
Snotkop Was Born In Zimbabwe and Raised In South Africa
Francois Henning, better known as Snotkop, has been in the entertainment industry since the late 1980s or early 1990s. But since then, he has managed to keep almost everything about his personal and early life private. The talented rapper was born in Zimbabwe but was raised around the Gauteng area in South Africa. The only information available about his parents is that they are South Africans.
His exact date of birth has remained a debate to the media and even Wikipedia. According to Wikipedia, Snotkop was born either in 1973 or 1974. There are also reports that he was born on the 22nd of December 1974. What is sure is that he was born in the 1970s. There is also nothing about his siblings and whether he was the only child of his parents.
There Are Reports That Snotkop Is A Graduate Of Tshwane University
Snotkop is yet to reveal the names of the elementary and high schools he attended and whether or not they played a role in igniting his passion for music. However, there are reports that he obtained his tertiary education at Tshwane University. Unfortunately, there are no details about the year he was a student at Tshwane University, the course he studied, and whether or not it contributed to making him the polished rapper he is today.
Snotkop truly needs some accolades for how well he has kept his private life away from the public. However, everything there is to know about his career and the hit songs he has released is available. So, let’s pay more attention to that because that is obviously what he wants the world to know about him.
Francois Henning Started Music At The Age Of 15
As early as the age of 15, Francois Henning started making demo CDs, and by the late 1990s, he had already started building his brand. He adopted the stage name ‘Lekgoa,’ which means ‘white guy.’ The initial genre of music he started with was ‘Kwaito,’ but he has diversified to other genres like pop, rap, and sokkie.
When his career was taking off, he was signed with Gallo record label. Under this record label, he released two albums titled ‘Basetsana’ and ‘Ngamla Yoba’ in 1999 and 2002, respectively.
He Changed His Stage Name To ‘Snotkop’ In 2005
In 2005, Francois Henning joined a 4-piece boy band, and he changed his stage name from ‘Lekgoa’ to ‘Snotkop.’ But he soon left the group to continue his career as a solo artist; however, he stuck with the name.
Still in 2005, after leaving the band, he continued his career with the Next Music record label, and that same year, he launched an album titled ‘Snotkop.’ Three years after the release of ‘Snotkop,’ he released another album titled ‘So Damn Sexy.’ In 2009, he released ‘Francois Henning Was Hier.’
2012 Turned Out To Be His Breakthrough Year
In 2012, Snotkop released ‘Ek Laaik Van Jol’. The release of this album was a big hit for him, and it saw him becoming one of the best-selling South African artists in Africa, especially for those who make music in the Afrikaan language.
He has also collaborated with other artists. For instance, he featured in Ramaja, a hit song by Shine4. He also featured in Kurt Darren’s song titled Stoomtrein and MoniQue’s song, Ek Val Vir Jou. Snotkop has also come up with cover in Afrikaans for some hit songs like Waldo’s People’s Lose Control, The Offspring’s Why Don’t You Get A Job?, Junior e Leonardo’s Rap das Armas.
So Far, Snotkop Has 10 Studio Albums
Since the start of his music career, Snotkop has released 10 studio albums and there include:
- Sous (2018)
- HKGK (2016)
- Soos ‘n boss (2014)
- Oppas (2012)
- Ek Laaik van jol! (2011)
- Francois Henning Was Hier (2009)
- So Damn Sexy (2008)
- Snotkop (2005)
In 2007, he released a live album and DVD titled ‘Spring Lewendig.’ In 2011, he dropped a compilation album titled ‘Die Beste Van Snotkop’ and then a DVD; ‘Wille Videos’ in 2013.
The Afrikaans Rapper Is Also A TV Personality
Besides music, Snotkop is also a TV personality and has appeared on a couple of shows on mostly Afrikaans channels. The rapper has once presented a program called Petrolkop on MK, an Afrikaans music channel. The show featured celebrities taking part in car racing competitions against each other.
Although he has taken a shot as being a TV personality, the major source of Snotkop’s fame and popularity is music. Aside from these two, there is no information about any other career or business path he has ventured into.
Snotkop Is An Award-Winning Rapper
Snotkop’s career spans three decades, in which he has entertained South Africa with his rap in Afrikaan and Sotho language. He has also become a role model to upcoming stars. With all of these achievements, it is only right that he has some awards for his name. In 2009, he was nominated for the “Best Afrikaans DVD” award at the South African Music Awards (SAMA).
He was also nominated for Vonk, 9 MK, and Tempo awards. After several nominations, he won the “Best Sokkie Dans Album” award at the 18th South African Music Awards for his hit album Ek Laaik Van Jol in 2012. Building a career in music that spans over three decades is an achievement. And Snotkop deserves an applaud for it. On YouTube, where he has over 65k subscribers, he is still dropping official audio and music videos.
He is also very active on Instagram. Any fan who loves to stay updated on the event he will be gracing should consider following him on IG because the bulk of the posts he makes are about upcoming events. On IG, he has over 100k followers. He keeps his life private, and nothing is known about a wife, girlfriend, or kids.