The reigning queen of Zim hip-hop Natasha "Muz" Muromba says her shot at rapping was inspired by the absence of femcees in the country.
Muz, who, last year, became royalty in local hip-hop streets after scooping a bag of awards including the coveted Female Rapper of the Year at the Zim Hip-Hop Awards (ZHHA), says music is meant to inspire people and that is her mission.
"Locally, no female rapper has impressed me, that is why I ended up doing it myself. I am here to use my talent as a voice of inspiration to all girls so that they are able to do anything they want in life," Muz told The Standard Style recently.
However, the 22-year-old's journey has not been a stroll in the park since picking up the microphone in 2013.
She has had to brave the industry's gender imbalances, abuse and lack of family support among other problems female singers face in Zimbabwe.
"I have faced a couple of challenges on the way up, but you need to be focused like I am because if you are not you can be taken advantage of.
That is why sensitising the community against abuse is part of my mission," she said, reflecting on her early days.
"Music has been a part of me since I was young, but I have always done all the other things a young lady has to fulfil like going to school and attaining life skills among other things."
Known for her stinging lyrical flow and energetic stage performance, the Handisi Tsaga singer has also found it hard to convince her family.
"Without music, I would be stuck. Music is my life and although my family did not accept it at first, winning the accolades and bringing a bit of income from it has made them warm up to it although they have not yet completely accepted it," she said, adding that she is motivated to work hard now more than ever following last year's dominance.
"If I listen a bit and put myself in other people's shoes, seeing a lot of social issues something always comes up and that is how I come up with music to change lives for the better."
Interestingly, she also has encouraging words for her haters:
"Haters should keep coming, they bring the best out of me because when they start beef I will keep on bringing more and in the end I'll always be the best."
Muz turns a year older on Wednesday.