Amsterdam-born rapper, Laszlo van Leeuwen AKA Cicatrixx (pronounced sick-uh-tricks), has yet another single to add to his music collection since breaking onto the music scene in 2006. His latest track, So Bad features local sensation, Chad Saaiman and is freely available for a limited time Here
Cicatrixx is the eldest son to a third world project manager and a social worker, and spent most of his childhood travelling through Europe, Asia and Africa; he currently resides in the lively suburb of Somerset West in Cape Town. Always looking for opportunities to broaden his knowledge of the world and the way in which it functions; Cicatrixx delves into many topics which are sure to bore the average 21-year old such as cultures, religious beliefs, philosophy and quantum physics. With his music, Cicatrixx aims to impart this knowledge in order to inspire and motivate anyone willing to listen.
Says Cicatrixx: “South African music has huge potential. We just need to realise this and make sure we as artists focus on relaying meaningful messages. Producing music about ‘bling’, ‘cash’, ‘hoes’, weapons and violent acts glorifies intolerance and justifies disrespect and violence. Artists need to take full advantage of the platforms we’re given. We’re able to express, yet we share things that will set us back. Africa is my lady, and just as I do with any lady that’s not treated properly, I stand up for her. This is me standing up for Africa.”
So Bad was initially inspired by the industry’s infamous reference to beautiful females and the usual love connection. The first verse incorporates these elements but it became apparent that the track needed an unexpected flavour – the story needed a twist and it quickly changed direction. In the following verse, a pole dancer takes centre stage and Cicatrixx expresses how she is not respected and appreciated for whom she is, and that he is able to introduce her to a better life.