ItsYangaChief On Working On “Popstar,” Confidence Issues & Rapping In IsiXhosa First Before Anatii

Jimmy came to Joburg and walked away with a South Africa Music Award for the Best Rap Album category. That’s definitely a story you can take back home with you. Just after dropping his debut album, Popstar, which followed the award winning EP, Becoming A Popstar, Slikour sat down with one of the most prominent musicians in the South African music scene.

With a come up that’s been bare, which everyone got the opportunity to witness, Yanga Chief’s journey to self discovery is one notable one worth a share. He does this not only in this interview, but in his music album too. Once an introvert, and not seeing that as a weakness anymore, Yanga Chief has succeeded in making his personality cool and fashionable – going forth to pioneer a whole culture of Xhosa rap. Yanga Chief speaks on knowing very well how to be number 2, as that’s the role he’s played for the longest time. “Number 2 can make mistakes. I’ve been writing music for number 1’s, but I now look at Yanga Chief as number 1,” the musician proclaims as he further engages on not being afraid to share his truth anymore and taking up space.

There has been a constant debate on who it was that first started rapping in IsiXhosa between Yanga Chief and Anatii, to this Yanga Chief sets the record straight. Don’t miss out on this exclusive interview.

Updated: January 21, 2021 — 10:50 am

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