Since the early nineties, Metaphysics has boldly continued his meteoric rise through the music industry.
He is best known in the Southern Hemisphere for his work as a member of the award winning group called A Peace Of Ebony. Metaphysics has since, gone on to perform live on stage with luminaries such as Afrika Bambatta, A Tribe Called Quest, Common, Busta Rhymes, Wu Tang Clan, Wyclef, Mobb Deep and numerous other Hip-Hop heavyweights.
In South Africa, he is renowned for his work in television as the infamous presenter of the Shell Road To Fame talent show during the early nineties.
Currently based in Germany, the Zimbabwean born Metaphysics has established himself as one of the most dynamic rappers from the African continent. From New York to London, he can truly be said to be Africa’s foremost global hip-hop ambassador.
Metaphysics has a discography that spans more than ten albums and several singles. He has produced numerous projects, both for himself and international stars – the most recent of which includes the likes of Jamaican Reggae super stars, Buju Banton and Mr Vegas.
“The Jamaican scene is hot right now and I really wanted to tap in to it with the best of them !,” he enthuses. “Its a blessing that people like Buju came through to my home studio and did some magical, spiritual work. I really have done some ground breaking
projects for a guy who comes from a small town like Harare.”
Back in the year 2 000, Metaphysics astonished people in his hometown of Harare, when he appeared on a Mariah Carey music video. Not long afterwards, he featured in a Whitney Houston music video. It was then that local music fans realized that they had their own international star representing the continent on the global music industry circuit. From that moment,
Metaphysics has never looked back.
The Flop Dem Crew project hit number 12 on the German reggae charts. The LPs, Zion and Noiz he did with the group Söhne Mannheims, peaked at number one in Switzerland, Austria and Germany. The Zion and Noiz projects have sold millions of copies, collectively.
So how does he do it?
“I never hesitate when it comes to switching between musical styles,” he explains. “I encompass Hip Hop in all it’s forms – from old school and new school to future school,” he says.
The musical and lyrical form of Metaphysics’ work is a variation of styles and influences. From Ethnic African and Ambient Industrial Grunge to Mainstream & pure Underground Hip Hop.
“I try to stay focused on a socio political edge and combine spiritual metaphor and hard punching reality within my lyrics,” he reiterates. “It’s all about elevating people’s mind frames and having a good time while you are at it,” he explains.
His latest project is called Black Butterfly, which is available on his new record label called Acropolis Records Zimbabwe. Conceptualized, initially as a promotional album, Black Butterfly is designed to let people know more about Metaphysics.
“It is a collection of new ideas and demos that I was experimenting with, “ he explains. “It represents a metamorphosis in my production and delivery - basically from worm to Butterfly.”
The most unique aspect about this album is that it was available as a free download via his website. So how does he manage that? A completely free album with no strings attached. “I have full control over all the aspects of this album,” he says. “With this being the first installment on my new label, it’s a perfect opportunity to let people feel the butterfly effect.”
Metaphysics is on top form and is on the forefront of pushing the new generation of African born artists into the international music sphere. Catch him while you can.
Black Butterfly is out now on Apoc / Acropolis Records.
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