NEW comer Pee Kay has been nominated for a staggering five awards at the forthcoming Hip Hop music awards.
The musician was nominated in the Best Male musician, Best Collaboration, Best Newcomer, Song of the Year and the People’s Choice awards.
He, in most of the categories, will be battling it out with artistes like Stunner and Maskiri who are regarded the heavyweights of Zimbabwean Hip Hop at the awards scheduled for December 17 at Wing Wa Restaurant.
The musician locks horns with equally versatile Black Bird who is up for four awards.
Black Bird will be crossing her fingers for Best Female, Best Promoter, Video of the Year and Best Hip Hop Journalist Awards.
The artiste may easily have set trends difficult to maintain this year with his track Ma1 which has topped charts for several months, while he has collaborated with South African Speedy and Jamaican Busy Signal on tracks Letting Go and Show Me Love.
But the musician feels the nominations are only recognition of the hard work he has put into his work and there is more coming.
“It has to be. I have worked hard enough. A lot of ground work was done and I am glad people have finally decided to reward me,” he said yesterday.
“It definitely means a lot.”
The musician hinted there would be bigger collaborations in the coming year that he has already started working on.
“Of course, I cannot start talking about it now, but next year is going to be even bigger,” he said.
Founder of the Hip Hop Awards Aldrian Harrison said they had managed to take care of the transparency issues that rocked the awards last year.
“People had issues with the nomination process that they felt was not transparent, but I think this year we have managed to deal with that. There are a few complaints, of course, but not as much as last year,” he said.
Meanwhile, Pee Kay’s long-awaited collaboration video with Busy Signal will finally be released in two weeks’ time.
The musician said they were working on the modalities to make an international release.
“Busy Signal is a big artiste and there are standards that his work have to attain internationally. That is what we are doing because that is the only way we can learn by being exposed,” he said.
“Some international channels like Trace already have the material and the trailer of the track is in circulation.”