Mthembeni Ndevu (born September 15, 1992) is a South African rapper professionally known as Emtee. He is a rapper, singer, songwriter, and music producer born in a small town in South Africa called ‘Matatiele’ but grew up in Rockville, Soweto.
He came to the limelight after the release of his successful studio work, Avery, released in 2015.
The 30years old South African rapper was born in a small town situated in Matatiele and had his formative years in Rockville, Soweto.
Emtee announced in an interview that growing up, He had always had the ambition of becoming a musician.
He grew up with this ambition and had his first ever performance on stage at the age of 9. This was when he performed on stage for the first time during a talent show at his primary school.
Emtee attended Yeoville primary school and furthered in one of the secondary schools in his locality.
With a Pass in his Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination, he couldn’t get into a major college in South Africa, so he decided to focus more on his musical career.
He spent his early teenage life practicing and writing songs after he had opted out of school.
In 2010, He collaborated with Maraza, a South African rapper on a song, “In it to Win it.”
He also featured along some other South African artists like rappers Sjava, Saudi, and their producer Ruff on a song titled ‘African Trap Movement,’ a rap trio.
Fortunately, they were all signed up by Ambitiouz Entertainment.
In 2015, Emtee released his debut solo song, Roll Up. The song received a warm welcome from fans and was massively streamed and airplay. The song blew him to prominence, making him one of the sought South African artist.
He made a re-released of the song ‘Roll Up’ which he titled ‘Roll Up Re-Up’ featuring Wizkid and AKA, a South African rapper.
He released his debut album on December 4, 2015, titled ‘Avery.’ The album became of the top ten most played albums in South Africa.
In 2019, Emtee shocked his fans by tweeting on his page about leaving his Record Label, Ambitiouz Entertainment.
He established his newly created record label, Emtee Records, under Africa Trap Movement shortly after.
After multiple albums and singles were released, Emtee dropped his fourth studio album, Logan, released on August 9, 2021. The album was nominated for the 2021 south African hip-hop awards.
Awards & Nominations
* ‘Roll Up’ won the song of the year award at the South African hip-hop awards 2015
* Best New international artist at 2016 BET Awards viewers’ choice.
* Best Male artiste in South Africa at 2017 AFRIMA Awards.
* Zen Dojo
Emtee is engaged to his long-time girlfriend, Nicole Kendall Chinsamy, who is also his baby mama.
Emtee has previously stated that He would love to make her his wife soon.
Currently, there’s no news about their relationship yet.
He loves tattoos and has several drawings all over his body.
Emtee is a father of two sons named after his debut albums. His first son, Avery, was born in 2015, and Logan was born in 2018.
Emtee is currently one of the top earning artists in South Africa, with an estimated net worth of US$1 million -US$2 million.