K.O has proven to have massive entrepreneurial zest since his Teargas days. The rapper is at the forefront of some of the biggest hip hop independent labels in South Africa. The Skhanda Boss oversaw the release of some of the countries biggest hip hop acts under music labels he launched. He also has one of the best clothing lines in SA hip hop, his ranges reflect effort, commitment and investment. Below is a list of 5 Business Owned By K.O.
Cashtime Life Records
In 2013, K.O joined forces with Teargas bandmate, Ma-E, and music and marketing executive Thabiso Khati to form an entertainment company, Cashtime Life, which he (K.O) became its first artist. This was followed by the release of the first official single of K.O’s debut solo album, “Mission Statement”, which became a critical success and enjoyed massive airplay across South Africa. The label had artists such as AB Crazy, Ntukza, Zingah, Moozlie, Michamelo, KiD X, BLURG_SA and Masandi
Skhanda World Clothing Line
KO’s imprint & clothing line launched in 2014. The Skhanda World clothing range represents and leads the way for streetwear style in South Africa. Not only does the brand incorporate the heritage and culture of the South African people, but it also boasts cutting edge designs, bold colours, in-your-face compositions, and top of the line quality.Staying true to his patriotic roots, K.O’s designs often feature the South African flag in a re-adaptive street approach as seen in the logo and on most garments. The successful South African artist works hard to ensure everything he does is of top-notch quality, be it his music or his clothing line. K.O has the magic touch when it comes to taking his brands to the next level. He broke boundaries once again when he became the very first artist and designer to have his clothing line sold in a major South African Retail store, alongside international brands. Skhanda World Clothing is in a league of its own, featuring multi-functional and easy to mix pieces in bold, bright colours. The clothing line is available online and at Studio 88.
KO owns Skhanda Republic where his albums such as PTY UnLTD and SR2 were released under. Skhanda Republic currently is in partnership with Sony Music Entertainment Africa.
Skhanda World Records
In February 2020, K.O announced Skhanda World Records with a caption that read “One of the dopest moves we’ve pulled is this! @SKHANDAWORLD as an entity releasing its own records! You are in for a treat! #expansion #2020 . Artists on the labels roaster are Loki, Tellaman, Mariechan, Zingah and ROIII.”
Cashtime Life Merchandise
To close off 5 Business Owned By K.O, Cashtime Life Merchandise was merchandise released at the peak of Cashtime Life success. The oversized hip hop t-shirts were very popular and even bootlegged across Southern Africa.