Ntsako Theo Mbulelo Jnr. Manentsa, better known by his stage name, King Jay, has been slowly and quietly building his music career and amassing legions of fans while at it.
King Jay was born and raised in the East Rand of Johannesburg – where he made his first beat, sung his first note, and wrote and spewed his first bars. The 25-year-old singer, producer, and rapper has never lost sight of his dream and kept the grind going until he burst onto the scene last year with his AB Crazy-assisted single Nobody Else.
From there, the story of the growth of King Jay’s career has been a commendable one. He has worked with local heavyweights including Oskido and Speedy, featuring on the latter’s track Forever featuring Donald. King Jay lent his song-writing skills and vocals to Uhuru’s debut offering on a track called Ungowami. The East Rand native also boasts a feature on DJ Shimza’s debut album Shimuzic on a song titled No Lie, an absolute heater that’s sure to dominate airplay. A string of other artists he has collaborated with include Nigerian rappers Emmy Gee and 2Faces’ prodigy Dammy Krane, Tanzanian rapper AY, Nokwazi from Oskido’s Kalawa stable, and local rapper Lection, Speedy, and Stoan.
The development of King Jay’s R&B-meet-hip hop style is a result of a lifetime of musical influences. Growing up, he drew major inspiration from a range of artists from the likes of Usher and Loyiso Bala. After realizing that music was his calling, he took singing lessons at the age of 12 and adopted rapping and producing four years later. The stage and studio has been King Jay’s habitat ever since.
Determined to take his bourgeoning career to greater heights, King Jay has a full clip chockfull with unreleased hit songs, and recently got sign to Emmy Gee’s Co – Owned label Teamtalkless Entertainment which is co-owned alongside Young Mogul Osaretin Ogbemudia (King Mudia) and Nigerian hit maker Shizzi real name Seyi Akerele who is currently Davido’s producer and has also created hits for the likes of Wizkid and Wande Coal just to name a few.
Emmy Gee recruited King Jay after the two did a collaborative track titled, Champagne Showers, Emmy Gee describes
King Jay as the future of African RnB and Afro Trap Soul.
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