South African Rapper Prokid dies after ‘severe seizure’

The 37-year-old legendary rapper was confirmed dead in the early hours of Thursday morning. Before the news about Linda ‘ProKid,’ Mkhize’s death broke, rumors were circulating about how he died from a fatal gunshot wound but his family debunked the speculations in a statement saying that the legendary artist died on Wednesday night while visiting friends. The news was immediately followed by an outpouring of tributes from fans and high-profile personalities on social media in the early hours of the day.

Hip-hop artists including Slikour of Skwatta Kamp, JR, and AKA, all paid tribute to the “Number One Soweto Boy” – as he usually referred to himself – saying that he had inspired their music journeys and had always remained humble. He is survived by his parents, wife – Ayanda, his three-year-old daughter Nonkanyezi, brothers and extended family.

ProKid was a 37-year-old musical genius from Soweto. His tongue-twisting lyrical delivery and his punchlines were a staple of his brand. In the early-to-mid 2000s, Hip-Hop music was still in its infancy. More than anything, musicians were emulating American artists and for some, it worked, however for most, it was just… cringe. ProKid brought a different type of freshness that had never been seen before. A kid from Soweto that went against the grain and rapped in vernacular. His dialect was fresh, his lyricism was on point, and he had a relatable kasi look. His first hit single, that catapulted him at the helm of the rap industry was Wozobona (Let me show you). The texture and feel of the song gave people a look into the life of an ambitious kid from Soweto. The world rotated in his palms from then onwards. He released hit albums under Gallo Music and won many awards – The South African

Richard Ogundiya

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