Who is Sim Dope, the inspiration behind AKA’s hit song?
AKA was one of the most influential and talented rappers in South Africa, who tragically passed away in February 2023. His music touched millions of fans across the continent and beyond, and one of his most popular songs was “Sim Dope”, a tribute to his best friend and son of business tycoon Robert Gumede.
But who is Sim Dope, and what is his story? In this article, we will explore the background and relationship of Sim Dope and AKA, and how they inspired each other to achieve their dreams.
The childhood friendship of Sim Dope and AKA
Sim Dope, whose real name is Simphiwe Gumede, met AKA when they were both in grade 8 at St John’s College in Johannesburg. They became inseparable friends, sharing a passion for music, sports, and video games. Sim Dope said that AKA was a “lover boy” who loved writing love letters to his crushes.
They also supported each other through difficult times, such as when AKA lost his mother at a young age, and when Sim Dope faced bullying at school for being overweight. AKA encouraged Sim Dope to lose weight and pursue his interests in photography and fashion. Sim Dope said that AKA was like a brother to him, and that they had a bond that was “unbreakable”.
The origin of the name Sim Dope
The name Sim Dope was given to Simphiwe by AKA, who was inspired by his friend’s transformation and achievements. AKA said that Sim Dope was “the coolest guy ever”, who had a great sense of style, a beautiful girlfriend, and a successful career as a photographer. AKA also admired Sim Dope’s humility and generosity, as he often helped out his less fortunate friends and family.
AKA decided to write a song about Sim Dope, as a way of celebrating their friendship and showing his appreciation. He told Sim Dope that his life was about to change after he released the song, and that he should change his name on Facebook to Sim Dope 11. The song became a hit, and many fans wondered who Sim Dope was and what he meant to AKA.
The legacy of Sim Dope and AKA
Sim Dope and AKA remained close friends until the rapper’s untimely death in 2023. Sim Dope was devastated by the loss of his best friend, but he also felt proud of what they had accomplished together. He said that AKA was a legend who changed the game of hip hop in South Africa, and that he would always be remembered for his music and his spirit.
Sim Dope also said that he hoped to continue AKA’s legacy by pursuing his own dreams and helping others. He said that AKA taught him to be confident, creative, and courageous, and that he wanted to inspire others with his story. He said that he was grateful for the song “Sim Dope”, which immortalized their friendship and made him famous.
“Sim Dope” is more than just a song. It is a testament to the power of friendship, loyalty, and love. It is a tribute to two young men who grew up together, faced challenges together, and achieved greatness together. It is a reminder that we all have someone who believes in us, supports us, and makes us feel dope.