Hip Hop artist Toast is bracing for the release of his new song April 30 titled '1.5.0' and in the run up he discusses being left off South African artist Emtee and Gwamba's song, school and COVID-19
The Hip Hop world went into a frenzy when a leaked verse which was meant to appear on Logan, Emtees album made it's way to the Internet.
The song 'Uzoyimela' came out without Toast being featured after he had sent his verse sparking speculations of bad blood between Gwamba and his fellow Malawian rapper.
Toast in all this said: "Strictly about music, am not with that gossip ting✊🏾 while Gwamba on the other hand maintained the same attitude. Silence.
In an interview with Kulinji.com entertainment desk Toast explained he was never informed of why he was taken off the song.
"I wish I knew the reason but nothing was communicated to me since I recorded the verse and nothing has been communicated to me since the song’s release so saying I know why the verse didn't make it would be a lie.
Addressing the leak, Toast did not leave anything to chance putting blame on everyone: "The verse had been entrusted with some of my friends since the day I recorded it, I had to tell them they’re all suspects in the leak but I actually don’t know how it leaked for sure."
That aside, Toast is focusing on his upcoming music: "My new song has nothing to do with gossip, it’s like any other rap song, provocative and entertaining.
He doesn't want to preempt but rather says: "I’ll let the people hear the song and decide for themselves, expectations bring mixed feelings."
When we asked the title of his song 1.5.0 sounds weird, he laughed it off: "airing that out will ruin the weirdness so I’ll allow my listeners to maintain their curiosity, its just a simple and self explanatory title once you listen to the song".
Toast is doing school in Kenya. He is currently pursuing a BSC Degree in Networking and is in his third year.
"Being in school hasn’t really been affecting me a lot only that the frequency of my releases has decreased which I think is good for now. Other than that I have no complaints, I mean I still managed to bag a few awards whilst in school so that’s a clear indication of me balancing school and my career".
On the issue of COVID-19 he acknowledges the pandemic has forced a lot more people to go digital: "So I guess the same tool I’ve always used to push my music - the internet- will keep me relevant and will help me share my work even across borders
Apart from the upcoming song 1.5.0 Toast says fans should expect more music from him and visuals as soon as he is back home in Malawi for the holidays