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Owen Kay and Louise Carver: Stakes are High

New Kid on the Block teams up with acclaimed SA Star for first Single!

Owen Kay released his debut radio single Stakes are High featuring Billboard #1 artist, Louise Carver earlier this year. The single is accompanied by the music video which was released as well.

Truthfulness, competence and exploration are three words to describe this powerful artist. Owen Kay met Louise Carver through a mutual friend. The friend gave her his music and she called him within minutes of hearing it.

“Owen’s beats, lyrics and raps hit you right in the pit of your stomach. It’s immediate, it’s powerful and I’ve never heard such raw talent.” Louise Carver signed him to her label, Carver Entertainment, and they went to work on his single Stakes are High.

When asked about the meaning of Stakes are High, Owen Kay explains that it is an amalgamation of the fears he had and that he felt the need to isolate himself to better understand who he is, but he was scared of that solitude. Kay also felt rage towards where he believed Hip-Hop was going and his complacency at the time.

The music video for Stakes are High was filmed by acclaimed video director, Matthew Marinus. Carver explains the concept behind the video, saying that the setting they shot the music video in, was very important, as it needed to show the grittiness of life for so many people in South Africa. They chose to shoot parts of the music video in a studio used by emerging African artists, called August House, which is situated in Doornfontein. They then went onto the roof, which has become an urban sculpture garden with a Mandela mural in the background.

25 year old Owen Kay grew up in Protea Glen, Soweto and started rapping at the age of fifteen after spending most of his teenage years battling depression following the loss of someone very special to him. Writing and performing was his escape to vent his pain and to understand who he was and what he wanted to become. He raps about society, his peers and reflects on how he could do better and be better as a person. Fiercely self-critical, his words resonate with not only the millennials, but with everyone who has the guts to step back and ask: “How can we do more?”

Why Hip-HopOwen Kay believes Hip-Hop can tackle some of the issues society faces in a way that connects with people who are going through similar things. What he doesn’t like is the misogyny that can come up in lyrics and music videos, whereby guys are glorified for treating woman as sex objects. Growing up with two sisters, Owen Kay knows how powerful women are and only wants his lyrics to reflect the values instilled in him.

In the future, if Owen gets his way, we can still look forward to collaborations with A.K.A, Zubz and Proverb, and maybe Eminem, Devlin and J.Cole…



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