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Neezy Israel.

Neezy-Israel, originally born Neo Israel Phetlho, is a South African Rap/Hip hop artist who was born 16th February 1992 whilst living in Dobsonville, Soweto.

Neezy-Israel started rapping at the young age of 10years old after a neighbourhood friend heard him rap and handed Neezy a Skwatta Kamp cassette as well as the lyric book to all the songs in their Khut en Joyn album, Neezy hasn’t looked back ever since.

In 2007, after having moved to the small Sowetan neighbourhood of Dube, Neezy linked up with two neighbourhood friends and fellow rappers Khanya “Kaz” Simelane and popular Touch Central and club DJ Molemo “LemiiLocco” to form rap trio called Dem Dub Boyz, the crew did quite well, releasing their only mix tape to date called P.U.S.H (Persist Until Something Happens).

The crew would decide to part ways and peruse individual interests in the year 2010, which is the year Neezy-Israel also reignited his solo career.

After working for 2 years and releasing free style singles, Neezy teamed up with talented young super producer Musa “Emamk” Nhlapo to produce Neezys’ debut mixtape ‘The Eviction Letter Mixtape” in 2012.

It was through this mix tape that Neezy would meet another young talented producer and engineer Simphiwe “Zeph Beats” Mhlongo who has worked with artists such as KidX, RickyRick, StogieT, AReece to name a few.

Neezy since worked on 5 single releases with Zeph Beats as an engineer on all and Emamk having produced a bulk of it.

Neezy-Israel is currently working on a sophomore project while having had one of his recent singles “Kwenzakalani” feature on the kfcsoundbite.com initiative which is aimed at promoting upcoming local talent.

Neezy-Israel expanded his brand to more than just the music side when he released his 3-limited edition printed T-shirts.

All of this has been the ongoing story of a young talent on the rise as an independent artist. Watch the space to see what the ‘Saudi West Born’ rapper has in store next.


Neezy Israel.


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