Angolan-born South African rapper and lyricist Ricardo Moloi, commonly known by his pseudonym Priddy Ugly has finally put to bed one of the most asked questions that have popped up after the release of his ‘MUD’ EP on Friday, September 2, 2022.
The album which serves as a sequel to his 2021 Album ‘SOIL’ has received wide critical acclaim, with many fans even christening it an instant classic.
Apart from the superb lyricism, Zoocci Coke Dope, and Wichi 1080’s show of production Maestro, one other talking point was about the identity of a name mentioned multiple on several tracks on the ep.
On the first track ’30 Minutes to Soweto’ Priddy Ugly references a Lerato in the line ”Lerato passed away before she could step into stilettos.”
The name also pops up in the song ‘Heaven Gates’ ”When Lerato passed away I was dazed for hella days We would set our dates on Saturdays The day she passed away, as it may was an April Saturday I couldn’t grab a plate or salad taste In pain, my bladder ached Lord, I would pray she had a break 15 years later got an angel half my age It’s a shame in a grave she had to lay Memories on my brain is how I saved her database.”
After a tweep asked Priddy who Lerato was, the buff rapper who is preparing for his boxing match against Cassper Nyovest replied the Tweet saying
”She was my partner, was with her from grade 7-10.. she passed away in a car accident along with her parents back in ‘07. Reference Ambition on YDKMY”
As the tweet suggests, this is not the first time we are hearing about Lerato, apparently the deceased was also referenced in the song ‘Ambition‘ from Priddy’s debut Mixtape ‘You Don’t Know Me Yet’ back in 2017.
The song covers the backstory of how Lerato inspired him to chase his goals and start different endeavors before finally settling for a rap career. Then transitions to how he met and began dating his wife Bontle Modiselle Moloi a few years after Lerato passed.
You can listen to ‘Heaven Gates’ from the ‘MUD’ EP below.
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