Exit Bio: Career, Awards & Nominations, Controversy - Updated 2021

Exit is a celebrated musician known for Kwaito and Hip Hop

By  | Sep 17, 2021, 11:17 AM  | David "Exit" Shikalepo  | Top of The

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David Shikapelo popularly known as Exit is a multi-talented Kwaito musician who transitioned into Hip Hop and created an entirely new genre. He is a celebrated artist in the country yet he often rubs his fellow musicians the wrong way.

He always encourages his fellow artists, especially young artists to remain strong as the journey to the mainstream realm isn't usually the easiest one.

Here is the interesting journey of Exit’s life. 

Exit Age

Exit was born on the 9th of April in 1989. He is 32-years-old. 

Exit Education

Exit attended his primary and secondary education in  Oshakati and scored outstanding grades. He later moved to Windhoek where he joined University of Namibia to pursue a Media Arts degree.

Exit Family

Exitbibirth name is David Shikalepo. He was born in Oshakati , Namibia and was raised by both his parents.

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Exit Career

He met Mushe at the University of Namibia where he started working on his producing skills through a studio that was located in Katutura. They became close friends and started their musical journey together.  

Exit later joined Mushe's "2-tight" Hip-Hop crew and it was through combining his skills with the group that his career peaked. They started to do collaborative work on classics such as Exitn’ Mushe and this was the duo's stage name. 

They changed their traditional sense of music and pure form of Hip Hop to create a Kwaito infused sound with a unique element which gained them a huge fan base as they brought something new in the market. 

Performing together, they were first seen at the annual Ongwediva Trade Fair in the northern town of Ongwediva. Their partnership was signed under the management of Blend Productions. weeks after they were signed they were in high demand throughout the country. 

They shared a stage with established artists such as PDK, Gazza, King Tee Dee, Killa B, Max, D-naff, Gal level, Sunny Boy, and many more. Exit and Mushe performed at Max's and PDK's CD launches and Bernie's Entertainment Park in Ongwediva. 

They combined the music video for the singles Olye ekulonga Okwiimba and Let's Get Down to Business which received major air-play on Namibia's leading television station, the Namibia Broadcasting Channel (NBC). 

Exit showed yet again his talent when they released another single Oka-styla for which they received an enormous grown in the fan base both as a group and as individuals.

In 2012, Exit and Mushe both went solo and that was the time Exit started his record label and continued to make music and released 5 albums. 

In 2018, he released the album titled Kunta Kinte which he says was inspired by the black consciousness movement. Through this album, he wanted to convey the message that the time for black people to do great things was, now.

This year he has already released 2 new albums. The first was in collaboration with Samuele Ngodji and was released in January 2021. The album is called Die Hele Box. It topped the charts for a long time. However, Exit faced some backlash as he was accused of not paying the artists that designed the logo.

His most recent album was released in August 2021 and is titled #TheSilence. The album is another big hit, and has already been named the best hip hop album in Namibia

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Exit Children

Exit has 2 daughters whom he loves dearly despite not getting along with his baby mama.

Exit Controversy

Exit is a talented artist who is celebrated for his musical successes but as a parent, Magdalena Daves has given a different side to him that many were not aware of. Magdalena is the mother of Exit's child and shared that he isn't present in raising his child. Exit denied these allegations and claims to love and be there for his kids despite not getting along with his baby mama.

Exit has also been known to regularly cause drama and beef with other artists like King Tee Dee, Gazza and Fossy. King Tee responded by saying that he has no time to fight with artists that are addicted to drugs, claiming Exit is addicted to marijuana.

Exit Girlfriend

It is not clear whether Exit is dating or not. There were rumours that him and Top Cheri had something going on but Top Cheri put these to rest by stating that they are just friends.

5  Minutes Finesse

Exit disappointed his home country and in fact, many said he embarrassed his fans and Namibia as a whole.

This follows after he was featured and made an appearance on DJ Dreas #5MinFinesse show. The online show which was hosted by Namibian DJ Dreas on Instagram which has gained momentum in the country and it aired its third season.

The show hosted the likes of South African renowned artists Busiswa and Moonchild Sanelly since it returned back and Namibians hailed their performances which left them begging for more.

Exit opened himself up for scrutiny and fans shared their disappointment and some went as far as saying his raps weren't as good as he thinks. He only joined the show with his own motives, which was to promote new songs. 

Many went as far as saying that he is disrespectful to the culture of the show. The musician was using a lot of profanities and claimed he is the best artist in Namibia. Namibians dragged him for saying he is the best whilst he did not even deliver an impeccable verse.

Exit Philanthropy

Exit became an ambassador for the Monica Gender Violence Solution (MGVS) organisation and a sole funder of the organization. 

MGVS also helps with the implementation of projects and activities aimed at educating communities on relevant social issues, such as human rights, as well as teaching them to refrain from criminal and violent activities.

Exit also started the Rockaz School Scouting Talent Tour which is an edutainment project that aims at helping school kids that helps kids understand the power and importance of education.

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Exit Business

Exit is the owner of the Rockaz Productions a record label that is producing records of mainstream musicians in the country mostly those who are focused on Hip Hop and Kwaito. He is also the owner of the Rockaz Clothing. 

Exit is far from perfect, but he is forever grateful for what he has and all it took to get him to where he is today as an influential artist. He is not showing any signs of decelerating in his career.

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