Zunaid Lombard (born 9th September 1994) known professionally as Lil Trix, is a South African recording artist and music producer.
“It is a rare discovery to find one who is so calculated with the art.”
– HYPE Magazine, The Freshman Edition 2017
Lil Trix was born and raised in the south of Johannesburg, South Africa and established an interest in arts at an early age, experimenting in various creative departments including filmmaking, video game development, graphic design, poetry, and music. Growing up, Trix became more dedicated and involved in music, eventually forming a duo with his older cousin Iezy at the age of 11, dubbing themselves as Illuzion. Trix would eventually continue to record music as a solo artist using only a Nintendo Wii microphone. Trix would often record on free downloadable instrumentals until finally practicing his own production with his younger sister’s old keyboard after nearly being scrapped.
Lil Trix later recorded 8 mixtapes between ages 14 and 18 in his high school years. The mixtapes were produced and mixed entirely by Trix, and were sold solely to his peers. Trix’s seventh mixtape Trixtape III was released online for free in October 2011. Shortly after its release, Trix signed onto Blayze’s independent label Blayze Entertainment, where he remained an artist and producer on the label until mid-2013.
Lil Trix made his radio debut in April/May 2011 after appearing on YFM’s Hot 99 hip-hop chart with his friend Moos for their song “How Many MC’s”, in which Trix featured and produced. The song managed to hit the number 1 spot for 3 consecutive weeks. Trix and Moos would later appear on 5FM’s Power Nights chart with C-Live in March 2012, as well as an interview, for their song “Trouble”, also produced by Trix. “Trouble” made it to the number 1 spot. Trix’s debut single under Blayze Entertainment “Red, Black & White” would later also appear on YFM's Hot 99 hip-hop chart.
In 2012, Lil Trix made appearances on Good Morning Africa on AfricaMagic, YoTV on SABC1, and ShizNiz on eTV, where he was a finalist in the ShizNiz Mixtape Competition.
Lil Trix began his tertiary education at the Academy of Sound Engineering at the SABC in 2013 to help advance his understanding in the technical department of music.
In March 2013, Lil Trix released his eighth mixtape, and first under Blayze Entertainment, Colour Me Bad. The self-produced mixtape featured the singles “Red, Black & White”, “OULIK”, “Promises” and “Dreams Do Come True” with notable guest appearances from Blayze, Gigi LaMayne, Hydro, BYLWANSTA and Jamali's Mariechan. Trix released a documentary contained footage of the making of the mixtape, which was included on a DVD packaged with a limited number of hard copies.
In 2014, Lil Trix appeared alongside Slikour, one of the founding members of the record breaking South African hip-hop group Skwatta Kamp, on LiveAmp and SkyRoomLive on SABC1. Trix also starred in and released a short film in collaboration with the street-wear brand The Uniconz later that year.
In September 2015, Lil Trix officially signed with African Star Communications for public relations and released his debut music video for his single "HARD" which premiered on Channel O. Trix has since appeared in the Sunday World paper in 2015 for his single “HARD”, and the Woza Weekend paper in 2016 for his single “Wonderful”, which featured Rouge, Slikour and 2012 Idols’ runner-up Melissa Allison.
Lil Trix was announced as one of the 7 freshman for HYPE Magazine’s first freshman issue in 2017. He made an appearance on the cover of the February/March/April issue as well as a full page article.
Lil Trix released his debut EP in 2017 titled ZULO, combining the first two letters of his full name and surname, featuring notable guest appearances from fellow HYPE freshman J.S.K XXVI and BYLWANSTA, as well as award-winning rapper Solo. Trix appeared on VUZU's V-Entertainment highlighting his EP's release and appeared on Morning Live on SABC2 for an interview and performance. The music video for the lead single on the EP "Fun" was playlisted on Channel O.
Lil Trix was also recognized as one of the 25 up-and-coming rappers under 25 you need to stop sleeping on by OkayAfrica in 2017, and appeared on MTV Base’s 2017 cyphers leading up to the annual Hottest MCs list.
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