Tehn Diamond Sheds More Light On #TFAF2



Article by: Keilloe
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By now most of us will be familiar with Tehn diamond as he has been one of the leading voices in as far as local hiphop is concerned. He has proven himself over the years as a force to reckon with and a hitmaker.
From my personal favourite, "Bhoo Tsano" to the whole of the "Son of the game" album, Tehn is no doubt a master of his craft!

The rapper is one third of the celebrated hiphop trio 'Few Kings', whom today are the focus of our article.
The group, which also includes swordsmith Jnr Brown and producer Take Fizzo, recently re-introduced themselves with a brand new album.

I caught up with Tehn to get the lo_down on the album and the work that has been going on behind the scenes these last four years. This is how our brief but enlightening chat went.


Keilloe > For the benefit of those who do not know yet, what is the Title, number of tracks and official release date for the Few Kings new album?

Tehn > The latest album is called "The Feeling Ain't Fear" or #TFAF2, it was released on the 1st of October. It's got 13 tracks, all hits or classics. Truly a labour of love and artistry.

Keilloe > A lot of people might be wondering what the album artwork signifies, would you mind shedding some light on that?

Tehn > It's a play on the The Three Wise Monkeys also known as The Mystic apes, There are various meanings ascribed to the monkeys and the proverb including associations with being of good mind, speech and action. In the Western world the phrase is often used to refer to those who deal with impropriety by turning a blind eye. We're basically making light of those who turn a blind eye to the realities of Zim. From underage marriage, rape, abuse, the plague of blessers, gold diggers, corrupt cops and just us really saying that we came to be real and honest.

Keilloe > Am sure most people were wondering whether we had seen the last of The Few Kings or not. What exactly has been going on behind the scenes since your last project as a trio?

Tehn > Behind the scenes we've been playing to the script that we laid out four years ago. To drop the first Few Kings album, and then divide and conquer before coming back together to lead this Zim Hip-Hop generation again. It took longer than expected because to be honest, we don't make music that follows trends, we're very strategic and intentional. The timing had to be right and the vibe between had to be right. We're brothers, we're family and we always work from a place of honesty. Balance was very important to us. But, we can safely say that you have not seen the last of us. Follow up projects are already in the works, so the Zim Hip-Hop is once again in very safe hands.

Keilloe > What do you think that this new project will offer, not only to the fans but the hiphop industry as a whole?

Tehn > Leadership. Courage. Perspective and above all else, realness. That's what we represent.

Keilloe > What are some of the main themes that your new project explores?

Tehn > Throughout the album, we lift the lid on what Zimbabwean society is truly about. We're fearless in our approach to every topic. On "Famba Famba" we out the pretenders to our thrones in their place, on "Bad Boy" we read the riot act to the older wealthy men preying on the girl child, on "Mamero" we fall in line with our president who said quite clearly "no to corruption within the police force", on tracks like "Stuck In The Clouds" and "Versace & Gucci" we let the women know we have hearts and aren't afraid you've vulnerable and on "The Remedy" we let our elders know that we are hungry, willing and waiting to finish the work they started. It's really just an album about standing for what is true and makes sense. Even on "15 Billion" we put dodgy promoters who take artists for granted in their place. It's hip-hop at its finest really.

Keilloe > What in your own words, do you think makes The Few Kings such a remarkable trio?

Tehn > We're a family. We're one of the few examples of both realness and unity, in a country filled with people lying to themselves and fighting each other. And above all else, we have a genuine respect for each other. Breezy can't do what Tehn does, Tehn can't do what Breezy does and nobody can do what Fizzo does. It's Zim Hip-Hop Voltron to put it best. We're authentic and at the top of our respective games.

Keilloe > Any special message for your hardcore fans who had been crying out for more musical projects from the 3 of you?

Tehn > I think the best way to convey how we feel would he to quote another classic hip-hop combination, Eric B. & Rakim, basically . . .

"It's been a long time, we shouldn't have left you, without a dope rhyme to step to...."

But we're home now and not leaving anytime soon, in fact, we've got the tattoos and the music to prove it.

Your kings are home. Long Live The Few.



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