Back in early 2015, one of his friend's, Ruff produced the beat for the song that would eventually become his debut single "Roll Up". The entire track was recorded and finalized in two hours, EMTee claims. Peaking at the top of DJ Speedsta's hip hop chart on YFM ,"Roll Up" received major radio play in Southern Africa. On the official re-release of his single, Wizkid and South African rapper AKA were featured, which eMTee called Roll Up Re-Up". Because he and team were finalizing his debut album, he said that "Roll Up" was recorded within a tight schedule.
Winning his first award and nomination for the Song Of The Year award at the 2015 South African Hip Hop Awards, due to the single "Roll Up". "Roll Up" competed in a category where two South African gold selling artists as well as Khuli Chana each made at least two appearances.
The following day December 4, 2015, eMTee's debut album Avery was released on iTunes and to domestic music retailers. Currently eMtee is the third most played South African hip hop artist in the latter part of 2015 (10th most played artist overall).
Born in the mid-sized town Matatiele, Mthembeni Ndevu was situated in the Eastern Cape, a coastal province in South Africa. Growing up in Rockville, Soweto, a major township in the Gauteng Province. In a past interview on South African channel ANN7, eMTee claims that he wanted to be a musician from first grade in primary school. At a Yeoville primary school talent show,he performed on stage for the first time at the age of 9.
At 17, eMTee started making money from his musical efforts. He became the youngest choir conductor at Barnato Park High School, and won many provincial competitions as a member of his school's marimba band.
eMTee kept working on his music throughout his late teen years, opting to not repeat his final year although his pass was not good enough to enter him into the major universities in South Africa.
In 2010, emTee collaborated with South African rapper Maraza on a song titled "In It To Win It". They appeared on Channel O's show "HeadRush".
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