Priddy Ugly Biography
Priddy Ugly whose real name is Ricardo Moloi was born on 2nd April 1992 in Luanda, Angola but was raised in Meadowlands, later Kempton Park, South Africa. He is a south African rapper.
Priddy Ugly was an accomplished sportsman during his teen years. He attended the Moroko Swallows Academy and later competed for South Africa’s National Athletics youth team.
At the age of 15, he competed in the St. Peter’s National Dance Tournament. He won the award for Best Male Dancer. Afterwards he proceeded to join other dance groups and won other awards.
He joined Krunk Era, a boy group, which was later enamed Blaque. In 2007 the group was signed by H.U.G.E Entertainment by Vusi Leeuw.
In 2010 he was signed to Aviator Management as a solo artist. Some of his first releases featured on The Take Off, a compilation album by Aviator Management artists, in 2012. In 2012 Priddy Ugly released “The Ugly Truth”. The mixtape was his debut as a solo artists.
Priddy Ugly Ambassador
He is the first ever African ambassador for international lifestyle company, Diesel.
He is also the ambassodor for premium flavoured beer with tequila flavouring, Liberado.
Priddy Ugly Family
His mother, Santa Maria Dumingez is from Angola and his father Lebone Moloi is South African
Priddy Ugly Girlfriend
His girlfriend is Bontle Modiselle with whom they have dated for 9 years (as at 2016)
Priddy Ugly Marriage
In July 2017 they pulled a stunt by posting photos of their engagement and thereafter photos of their traditional wedding and white wedding surfaced. They later revealed that all the snaps were to promote a new music video the song I Do by musician LaSauce.
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In an instagram post Modiselle posted
“More than genuinely loving the song, we loved being the representation of what it advocates – a young, black love that have the intention of solidifying their lifetime commitment to each other, represented here as marriage. We understood the implications of deciding on how to best go about making the greatest impact in encouraging a conversation of love, something that doesn’t make the headlines, and so we were bold in our approach.Everything that we posted were all images leading up to the video, we just hadn’t announced that yet. Those who know us personally, who were all notified and prepared prior to the video dropping, know that we are not the type of folk to let out the details of our personal lives like that. People know of us being together but do not know anything beyond that, particularly the state of our relationship. That privacy remains true for our engagement and marriage which will remain our private matter. Those who need to know, will know.”
Priddy Ugly Album
- 2016: You Don’t Know Me Yet (Deluxe)
Priddy Ugly Songs
- Come to My Kasi
- Cocaine Ghost
- Bula Boot
- You Don’t Know Me yet
- Thula Mama
- My Swing
- Pillow Talk
- Beneficial Friends
- Alter Ego
Priddy Ugly interview with BlackLight Magazine
Source: BlackLight Magazine
You just came out of a public controversy with the “I Do” music video. What do you do when your integrity is being questioned by the public?
Priddy Ugly: Crazy Time!! We get misunderstood at times and people say things that hurt us. Sometimes you must defend yourself as best you can then let it go. I am someone who doesn’t like to go online and be dragged into negativity. I will defend myself but I never want to belittle anyone. Also, I don’t like addressing things on social media, If I know you, then I would rather speak to you directly. That all comes from learning to have restraint because I never came into this business to be a role model but now I know that people are watching me, and some aspire to be like me, and with my actions I am representing those people as well. So, I need to try and conduct myself in a respectful manner, at all times.
What did you learn from all of this?
Priddy Ugly: I learned that people are very emotionally involved in the people that they follow, irrespective of whether they are fans or not – because most of the people who got hurt were not particularly my fans but they were disappointed because they were so moved by the gesture and it inspired them in some way. Now I see that people take everything we put out there very seriously. They really want to be part of it, especially if it’s something beautiful. And with social media, I got to reach my fans directly and I expressed what my intentions were. I am all about the art and irrespective of the aftermath, I have no regrets because what we created is art. It’s cool that many find my personal life interesting, but it’s still my personal life.
How would you define this moment in your career?
Priddy Ugly: I would define it by using the phrase: “Everything Godly Yearns Patience and Time” (Laughs). It took a lot of work, perseverance and growth to get to this point. I can’t really even define this moment because there is a lot that’s happening, but most of all I would say I am happy.
Hip hop has become quite a competitive genre in SA. How does one rate success in the hip hop world?
Priddy Ugly: For me, success is relative. It differs according to how you define it for yourself. I would say right now I am successful because there was a point when I didn’t have anything in my bank account. I had to prove to people that one day I am going to be somebody because when I started my career people didn’t care. Now I wake up and I get to be what I dreamed I would be; I am surrounded by people who care about me and the music I am making is the kind that I want to make. I am successful because every day I get to wake up and live my purpose.
What sort of story would you say, you are narrating as an artist?
Priddy Ugly: It may sound corny, but my art is about life. I am conscious of the fact that every day I get to live, someone else dies. When I thrive, someone else fails.
Life is a circle and everything that we go through is part of a bigger story. Sometimes we go through similar things at the same time. That’s why music is universal because it reminds people that we are somehow all connected. I always say to young rappers who want to be mentored by me, ‘listen to the music, watch the videos and follow me on social media’ because I am communicating my life in its entirety in all I do. I am an author but my book comes in the form of my music.
How do you maintain your well-being in a career that can sometimes be disruptive in one’s life?
Priddy Ugly: I surround myself with people who have good energy. I keep people who are able to be honest with me so that I stay grounded. In order for me to be creative, I have to be in a happy space, I am not like those artist who are more creative when they are in a sad space. When I am in a bad space I know that I have to find a way to motivate myself in order to be productive. Also, because this is my livelihood, I am forced to adopt a healthier lifestyle, so that I can perform at my highest level. I have to rest but I really don’t (laughs). I have to eat healthy but I am not eating as healthy as I used to, but I am conscious of it. It’s very important that I take care of myself because I also suffer from mild migraines. As soon as things get hectic, they start, but that’s when I know I have to rest.
Everyone is watching you right now. What can those people expect from Priddy Ugly?
Priddy Ugly: I am releasing my debut album later this year, titled EGYPT (Everything Godly Yearns Patience and Time). Apart from that meaning, I love Gold and everyone who has known me all my life, knows that. Egyptians represented gold (with their accessories) and also triumph because they achieved a lot of things that may have seemed impossible. I also want to show people with this album that it’s possible.
This is the moment man; I have waited for 12 years. I feel like I have grown with this project and I am more daring. I am so excited. Judgement is coming but I am ready for it.