Tanzania Bongo Flava star Diamond Platnumz visited American rapper Snoop Dogg at his studio in Inglewood, California for a few music tips.
Diamond caused quite a stir recently when he hit Los Angeles donning Maasai attire during the BET awards ceremony.
Some fans even crowned him Africa’s ‘Michael Jackson’ and East Africa’s “King of Pop”.
At his studio, Snoop told Diamond: “I used to watch the numbers, and then I blinked and fell off. You should not fall off, ‘cause there is somebody else who will come, like you came…Where you are from, you a real inspiration, Tanzania, Africa, you are blessed.”
Days after hitting the studio with Wiz Khalifa, who will feature in his fourth album, Diamond visited the veteran US rapper according to photos shared on Monday July 12.
“You gonna work hard because there are other people who are after you, they want to be like you right now. That is what you should know. When you see a ni**a sounding like you, looking like you, it’s because you are correct,” Snoop told Diamond.
“In my hood, there were real gangs and drug dealers but when I started rapping they slowly put down their drugs and said they want to be Managers, producers, or be like me. I changed the perspective, now in my hood niggas are living good. Rapping was cool but was not for everybody, it was Snoop Dogg’s game.”
Diamond, who is gearing up for his fourth album, already hooked up with American stars like Swae Lee, Akon, Wiz Khalifa, Swizz Beatz, Busta Rhymes, and Indian singer Diljit Dosanjh.
Before, he has worked with Alicia Keys, Omarion, Rick Ross, and Ne-Yo.
“Artistes in Africa would shine for like five years, and then they’d get lost. I figured out that if there’s a back-up plan, then it’s easier to sustain in the music industry. I never wanted to do music just to get money,” he is quoted as saying.
Also recently, Diamond penned a deal with a global music publishing company “Warner Music Group” which has opened his music doors wide.