For most rappers on the Cape Town music scene, it takes hard work and often quite a while to get their big break.
But for Parkwood barber Kyle Lincoln, aka Kro Barz, fame came overnight.
Nobody knew Kro Barz until he burst onto the scene on 21 March when his friend posted a video of him rapping on a couch, and he got 75 000 views on Facebook in two weeks.
The 25-year-old dad of one, who cuts hair for a living, says he was shocked by his sudden rap career which bloomed in a month.
His “debut” video, filled with punchlines and metaphors, is called The Hook, and he’s certainly hooked a lot of new fans.
“I’m completely overwhelmed by the reaction my video received. When my friend posted the video, I didn’t think that it would receive so many views, I like that people like it and are sharing it, it makes me want to do more,” he says.
Kyle wasted no time and quickly started working on a new video which was released last Friday and also became an instant hit.
“I want people to recognise my talent and request my songs to play on the radio one day, the name Kro Barz is perfect because a crowbar breaks into anything like I’m breaking onto the scene,” he says.
“I plan to sign a deal with Rebelution Music and Media soon.”
Kyle says life in Parkwood inspires his music: “This place gives me lyrics.
“The negative is that it’s tough; there’s gangsterism and substance abuse and the high crime rate, but there is a lot of good that comes from the Cape Flats.
“We are a breeding ground for talent. People are talented here, it’s a shame that most of them don’t make it out because they get caught up in these things.”
Check out Kro Barz on Facebook to view more of his videos.