Born in Luanda, Angola on 2 April but bred in Meadowlands, Soweto and later in Kempton Park (South Africa) by a half Portuguese half South African father and an Brazilian mother, Richardo Moloi-Du’mingez, better known as Priddy Ugly is the epitome of hip hop artistry.
Priddy Ugly has quite a number of accomplishments under his belt, including those beyond the music industry. It all started at the age of 13 when he joined the Moroko Swallows Academy. At 14, he took up dancing and won best male dancer at the St. Peters National Dance Tournament. Soon after that, at 15, he joined Freeze Frame, a hip hop dance crew and won Strictly Hip Hop, became the Respect Krump Kings winner and was the Krump Fest winner all in one year. If that wasn’t enough, at 16 and 17, he made the SA National Athletics team, specialising in 100m, 200m and long jump events. Quite an impressive list, isn’t it?
At 15 he developed 2 knee tumors, which affected the cartilage percentage in his knee cap, this ended his sporting career.
In the midst of all of that, his rap career began at 15 and he formed part of a group alongside 5 other members called ‘Krunk Era’ which later changed to ‘Blaque’. In 2007, ‘Blaque’ was signed to H.U.G.E Ent by Vusi Leeuw (former EMI ANR but now founder and owner of H.U.G.E Ent) who also discovered well established acts such as Mandoza and HHP. During their time there, ‘Blaque’ worked with artists such as TXL, Clue, Stethoscope and Amunishn.
In 2010, Priddy Ugly pursued his solo career under the name ‘Priddy Ugly’ and released his first EP which moved 1267 units on the net. In the very same year, he featured on Amunishn’s album ‘The Principal’ on a track called ‘Prayer’ featuring Mr Selwyn (track 2 disk 2). The album went on to win ‘Best Hip Hop’ at the South African Music Awards (SAMAs) for 2011. Priddy Ugly then started working under Aviator Management and did 5 tracks on the 14 track compilation album titled “The Take Off”.
He released his first solo project titled “The Ugly Truth” which was highly anticipated, and received great reception from the public, with his first single ‘Love Hate’ having 5000+ downloads even before the he relesed his mixtape..
He releaesed his mixtape, and had a combined number of 32 000+ downloads on all his singles. 2012 has been a great year for the young man, having been on many internet blogs, countless interviews, and even a full page spread on ‘IspeakHipHop magazine’ and has since shot a video to his 1st single ‘Love Hate’ and the video is of international standards, the next video that will be shot will be to his second single, ‘Swag Demonstation.’
Currently Priddy Ugly is working on new material, and is working with the likes of X-Tatic, the new female hip hop sensation from Kenya, who recently signed a contract with Sony Music, and Priddy Ugly is working with LA based produced Tiago, who has worked the the likes of Rihanna and Chris Brown. The future looks bright for this young man, keep tuned to see his rapid progression.
The Ugly Truth Mixtape – http://tweetmymixtape.com/t666tm