Family and friends pay tribute to late hip-hop artist Linda 'Prokid' Mkhize at his funeral service at the UJ Soweto Campus. Picture: Itumeleng English/African News Agency (ANA)

Soweto - Hip-hop artist Siya “Slikour” Metane on Sunday hailed the late Linda “ProKid” Mkhize as a genius and rapper who made township people understand hip-hop in his own language.

Speaking at the hip-hop star's funeral service, held at the UJ Soweto Campus, Metane said Prokid came into the industry as a ‘genius’. 

“He took the battling/ cypher that was predominantly in English and he made it ghetto. As a vessel,” Slikour said.

He compared ProKid’s ingenuity to that of Elvis Presley's, saying ProKid was important because he was our story.

During his speech, he announced that TS Records would be handing over ProKid’s master records to his family. 

As a way to support the family, the hip-hop fraternity also vowed to host a ProKid Tribute concert on August 26. All funds are expected go towards a trust fund for ProKid’s 3-year-old daughter Nonkanyezi. 

Also speaking at the late rapper's funeral service was music executive Sipho Sithole, who said ProKid used his music to air the struggles of young people. 

“He used the mic to clearly articulate the cries of young people” said Sithole.

Also present at the service were Cassper Nyovest, Gigi Lamanye and L-Tido who came to bid the "genius" farewell. 

ProKid will be laid to rest at West Park Cemetery. 

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