"She's a rapper now?" That phrase, sometimes in those exact words, sometimes not, was uttered and tweeted many times when news got out that Boitumelo "Boity" Thulo was about to release her debut rap single.
Although, to those who had been paying attention, Boity's foray into music wasn't that much of a surprise, not to her fans (she had performed onstage when US rap stars Migos were in the country last year) and it certainly wasn't to those who know her best. "They weren't even surprised. They were like, 'finally'. It's only people who don't know me personally who asked, 'What the f*** are you doing?'."
Music, she says, has been "a passion" for years. "Maybe the universe has been eavesdropping and it's saying, 'Here, we're giving you the opportunity'. I would kill myself if I didn't take it and use it. Maybe it's a path that God wants me to be on. I did it because the opportunity is there, there's a team and a whole Nasty C backing me. There's no reason why I shouldn't do it. Even if it fails, I really would be very angry at myself if I didn't even wait to see whether it would fail or go well."