HC4 makes debut with self-titled EP




What better way to begin the year than with the release of new music. A new EP, to be more specific, that is not only self-titled but also announces the coming together of four hugely talented young men.
This is the opening chapter to what one hopes will be a long and fruitful journey in the music and entertainment industry for local hiphop group HC4.
"The project was released on the 10th of January as an Extended Playlist (EP) and not a full-length project (album) just to launch The Hoover Clan 4 (HC4) as a brand.
"The project is self-titled with the name of the group HC4 as a way of really launching our unique brand of hip-hop into public perceptions", said 1/4 of the group, Leslie Mahembe aka 'Laylow'.
"The name Hoover Clan itself was inspired by something very sentimental to each member of the group and as a group we have agreed to keep the public guessing on the origins of our group name. So in short there isn't a story but rather a mystery behind the title", explained the rapper.
The group's debut EP is made up of six tracks, more specifically 'Fame', 'Few Changes', 'Life We Love', 'Mabelreign', 'Open Your Eyes' and 'State of Mind'. According to Laylow, "a digital tracklist will be provided soon".
"We explored quite a few themes in this project, some of them being the dream of making it big and showcasing our talents on the world stage (Fame), the political situation in Zimbabwe (Open Your Eyes), Sacrifices required to make it (Few Changes), Growing up in Mabelreign where we are based (Mabelreign), What motivates people in the modern world(Life We Love) and the small things that make us different as people (State of Mind).
"All the beats on the project were made by G-Code with the exception of Few Changes which was a made by Still_Wayne from Still Media. The mastering of the project was split between G-Code himself and Don Magician of Blaze Records in Mabelreign where the entirety of the project was recorded", he said.
The talented quartet seems determined enough to take their talents to the next level and that includes winning_over hearts and minds along the way.
"Looking at the bigger picture, this project was released with the aim of showcasing an "International" brand/Level of hip-hop which isn't very often heard from local artists because Vernacular hip-hop is more popular and too a larger extent more relatable to most Zimbabweans. We believe the EP will open local eyes to the fact that they can find Nasty C and AKA type hip-hop locally with relatable themes blended with our unique brand of rap and on a larger scale American type hip-hop also locally fused into this six track project", he said.
"We hope to achieve the goal of allowing other hip-hop artists with a similar brand of music to come out and express their art without the fear of being alienated for not using the vernacular language in their music", said Mahembe.
While they accede to the fact that the local hiphop is in dire need of financial investment, Laylow reckons that there's a lot more that needs to come from within the industry itself.
"We believe that the industry requires major investment and most importantly an economic recovery from the nation as a whole in order for it reach the heights of our South African counterparts and in the future our Western Collegues.
" For investors to be enticed by the prospect of Zimbabwe's hip-hop industry there has to be a diverse portfolio of artists who touch all the corners and principals of hip-hop which include the modern trap style, Local and Original styles ( vernacular rap) and also the original and more internationally relatable style of rap which we try touch on. In the near future we plan on engaging local artists who can bring the Vernacular feel to our music as well as branching out into it ourselves, and we hope this can open doorways for the acceptance of pure English hip-hop music from local artists", he said.

About The Group

HC4 is a hip-hop group born and raised in Mabelreign, Harare. It consists of four members, as implied by the name, with three of the four being rappers and one being the producer. The group members go by their stage names Brenzyn (rapper), Shey ( rapper and singer), Laylow (rapper) and G-Code ( Beat Maker/ Producer).
The group members first met at a local studio in their neighbourhood around 2015 and became acquainted, then when the studio closed each member went off to sharpen their skills individually before the group was formed in 2017 with their debut EP dropping in 2018.
The four are very close and can often be seen together in Mabelreign and at other hip-hop related functions around Harare.
"As a group and as individual artists we really haven't gotten very far in the music industry just as yet but we hope this EP helps create a fanbase with our next project sure to capture hearts", said Laylow.
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