From the East with Flava


It’s been a while since we heard word play wittier than a samurai ninja, till we saw this dudes freestyle on social network.  We were flabbergasted, delivery  on point fusion of vernac and the queens tongue immaculate.  This is true S.A hip-hop we thought and we got an inside scoop with the lyrical slinger.

Best: Please introduce yourself?
My name is Itumeleng Mosadi aka shotgunflava from Johannesburg, born in Soweto and grew up in Thembisa . I’ve been rapping since a very early age and I love music.

BEST: What is your music background?
SGF: I grew up listening to a lot of different music because of my dad’s influence; my love for music led me to study sound engineering.

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BEST: Do you write your own songs?
SGF: Yes, I write my own music

BEST: Who are your musical influences?
SGF: Growing up my musical influences was vast especially when it came to hip-hop, my influence were the likes of Wu-tang Clan; Common and B.I.G, but the biggest influence was the resurgence of Kwaito music in SA with the likes of Mdu, Oskido and Arthur Mafokate influencing.

BEST: What are your fondest musical memories? In your house? In your Neighborhood or town?
SGF: My fondest musical memories at home was of my father always playing music from his LP collection which I still have to this day, and me stealing his tdk cassette tapes so I can record the music that I like on them. Later he would ask me where certain tapes had disappeared to and I would act like I knew nothing about it.

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BEST: What are your songs about?
SGF: My songs are mainly about how I see things from my perspective, as well as motivating young people and some tracks are about having fun and living life.

BEST: Have you recorded any previous CDs or posted any audio files on the Internet?
SGF: I have recorded an EP while with a group called RazorKutt but I have not released any music projects as Shotgunflava, I am currently working on my 1st solo album. I have a soundcloud https://soundcloud.com/itu-razorkutt-mosadi page where I upload my music.

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BEST: What are your immediate music career goals?
SGF: My immediate music career goal is to release an album (body of work) that will have a great impact on the SA music industry.

BEST: What are your long-term career goals?
SGF: My long term career goals are to venture out into other aspects of Media/ entertainment such as TV production as well as to help develop young musos/artists by giving them an opportunity.