He pops in and out of the industry at will. He recently took a break from making music to focus more on his family.
It's been exactly a year since we had a conversation with rapper iFani, when he explained that he wasn't quitting music, his priorities had just changed.
He wanted time to play with his child and be there for all milestones.
Now he's back with new music and like anything he gets his hands on, it's an interesting one. No topic or feature is off limits to him.
Rapper iFani, real name Mzayifani Mzondeleli Boltina is shaking things up with a song that features controversial rapper Big Xhosa, who was on everyone’s lips after dissing big names in hip-hop such as Cassper Nyovest, Kwesta and Shane Eagle.
iFani says he sees so much of himself in 23-year-old rapper, Big Xhosa and he hopes that the industry starts taking him seriously.
“When Big Xhosa was starting in the industry, a lot of people were dissing him and they were calling him a whack rapper. They were pushing him down and that is exactly what happened to me when I started in music, the way that Big Xhosa raps reminds me of myself. When I saw how much he was determined to make it, I was motivated to be on his side instead of being in support of those who have been pushing him down,” iFani says.
“Before we did the song, I was tweeting about how good Big Xhosa is and how people should stop looking down on him. We bring a lot of humour to our music as rappers because we want to entertain people, we want people to laugh and not take life so seriously. It's all about entertainment, like the time when I dropped Ewe and Shake a few years ago the songs were about making people happy.”
The Ingoma ezimnandi rapper is excited to release his new song with Big Xhosa, which they have titled “Ik*k* endala”. The new song drops on Friday.
“To me, this song is about Big Xhosa and I want the focus to be on him. He doesn’t receive airplay on the radio the song can either blow up or die out. I am throwing myself in to say to him here’s another lifeline in the music industry, I love the work that he's doing.”
iFani says that he won't be mentoring Big Xhosa and prefers that he is as free as possible, but he will always avail himself to him should he need advice about the industry.
“I want him to be free, he can go to any artist for advice and if he feels comfortable with me, he can always seek my advice and I will be there for him.”
The video for the song will be released on Saturday and iFani promises that it will be filled with entertainment and it is something his fans can look forward to.