Budding rapper embraces humility




Mohalenyane Phakela

BUDDING rapper, Thabisang “Stiga” Mokoaleli, says his feet will remain firmly on the ground even if fame and fortune come knocking.

The Kolojane born and bred rapper is currently working on a debut extended project (EP), set for release next month, which he hopes will launch his musical career.

Stiga this week told the Weekender the six-track EP titled Ho Phethehile touched on the themes of thanksgiving and praise to God.

“Most of my songs can be described as gospel hip hop because my objective is to relay positive messages that also appeal to the youth,” he said.

“I often write songs based on life experiences, be it painful or joyous moments. My intention is to provide comfort and motivation to someone out there who may be going through difficult situations.”

Stiga said he encountered hardships at the formative stage of his career, adding that most people tended to forget their roots when they succeeded in life.

“In most cases, people tend to desert people who supported them from day one after they attain some modicum of success,” he said.

“Fame and fortune have that effect on people, yet they forget that they might need those people again because no one knows what tomorrow may bring.”

The 19-year-old said his values would not be changed by material success.

“I believe in God and pray every day that if this EP becomes my career breakthrough, I remain humble,” he said.

“I forayed into the rap game in 2013 and struggled to raise funds for my upcoming project. I thank God for the courage and motivation to keep pushing even when the going was tough.”

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