Meet Big Mike Beeinjy, a rapper with a hidden talent
Hip hop talent in Cosmo City hides in the underground where a flourishing rap and hip hop scene goes unnoticed.
Within this hidden world, experimental artists, especially in local communities, strive to showcase their musical talent. Michael Zibusiso Ndlhovu, known as Big Mike Beeinjy, is one of these artists who deserve the spotlight.
The 28-year-old started his musical journey while he was still at high school. He said 50 cent’s music inspired him and his friend Prince to venture into the music industry. Becoming a music artist, let alone a rapper, was something Beeinjy considered a dream. He is one of those artists who decided to create his own line, forming an image that is blended with contemporary hip-hop beats.
In an interview with the Chronicle, Beeinjy said it is hard for underground artists to be noticed and they are always looked down upon.
“This has a lot to do with the music industry,” Beeinjy said, “where better known artists are held to high standards and get their music played in local radio stations. Some of us, who operate underground, always remain at the same level.”
Due to his musical talent, Beeinjy has been invited to different events to do live performances throughout Johannesburg.
“I think I have had some wonderful experiences,” he said. “When I did my first performance at The Base in Hillbrow, I got lots of love and support from my fans, friends and family who encouraged me not to give up.”
While performing on the stage, Beeinjy said, Mr. Collen, the founder of Khalination productions, spotted his talent and approached him after his performance.
“He then invited me to perform at his music launch in Braamfontein,” Beeinjy said. “I was much honored to see other people appreciating my talent. I would love to see myself in a better place when it comes to my music.”
Despite being a full time worker, Beeinjy said, he puts a lot of time into his music to maintain his skills whenever he gets a break from work.
“I write more lyrics and work on instruments just to make sure I do better because there is always room for improvement,” he said.
Beeinjy has released one single titled ‘Ambitions’, and is currently planning to release his single Deep In The Game, which he said will help him grow as an artist.