THELMA BWALYA, Lusaka
IN line with his tradition of releasing albums on August 10, hip-hop musician Jay Rox did just that last week Thursday when he released his latest EP.
“My albums come out on the 10th of August, that’s the only date that’s selected for my album, so if it doesn’t come out on the 10th of August, then it’s not an album,” Jay Rox says. “The EP has two videos.”
He says he released the EP as a way of repositioning his brand, a way of jump-starting his journey to his third album as well as getting his fans ready for the album which he will be calling Outside the Rox II.
“I’m doing the EP because I feel like I’m repositioning my brand and what better way to start everything than dropping an EP,” he says. “So the EP is going to set the tone for the type of music and also get my fans ready for the album because these songs are actually going to be free.”
Originally, the EP was meant to have one song with different extended versions of it but he has decided to come up with different songs for the project.
“For an EP, it’s supposed to have one song and then you have like different versions, like extended versions of that actual song, but then, I decided to break the rules and decided to come up with different songs that I put together,” he says.
The EP has eight songs with one titled Emukwai already on the charts. Other songs are All Facts featuring Mampi, Confusion and Machiki featuring Dimpo Williams.
He has produced most of the songs while the others are by Shinko Beats and Church.
But work on his next full album is on.
“For me, the album is not a noisy project. If you listen to Outside the Rox I, then you get to understand the type of music that will be on Outside the Rox II, it will be a continuation of Outside the Rox I which won the Best Album of the Year award at the last Zambian Music Awards,” he says.