If you've been wondering about where Aewon Wolf is or what he's up to, the Durban rapper has a word for you. In a statement released via his Twitter, Wolf made the announcement that he's working on his next album which would also be his last.
Making it clear that he's not making this announcement "lightly," Wolf went to explain where he's been and what he's been up to. "Most people might have not even noticed my pull back from the industry 2 years ago, choosing to foucs on building something special for the youth in my home city."
The motivation behind the hiatus? "I was tired of the fickleness of fame and the industry as a whole [...] I had grown tired of losing people I cared about to industry dynamics and politics, I hated having to be business minded when all I wanted was to make music and movies with friends. I hated having to navigate carefully around egos."
He stopped short of going into any specifics, only mentioning that he'd had enough of being "scrutinised by people who carry pain in their hearts and try to belittle others. There was plenty poison that came with success that had left me feeling dead inside resorting to drinking and partying just to feel alive."
The detail fans are after came in the final paragraph where explains that dilemma led him to calling it quits. "It is within this context [that] I have come to the decision to start work on my 2nd and final album as Aewon Wolf [...] This album will reflect my current values and lifestyle and will be strictly dedicated to making the world a better place through love and Art." [sic]
Of course, "as Aewon Wolf" is the punchline here. It's not the most unusual thing for an artist to change their artist name or have multiple ones at a time. It's not clear at this time what Aewon Wolf's plan is but clearly he wants are focus to remain on this upcoming album for now, and that's exactly what we'll do.
Read the full statement below.
Rifumo Mdaka is a Johannesburg-based music writer who champions South African queer artists. When I'm bored, I watch iPhone keynotes and commercials. Read my website FDBQ Music and follow me on Twitter, @rifvmo