Nota discusses Focalistic’s rise in the game and why he deserves to be number 1 on the MTV Base’s Hottest MC’s
Last week saw the Hip hop community vigorously discuss MTV Base’s annual, Hottest MC’s list. While other rappers who made the list were undisputed, there were eyebrows raised with addition of people who were not considered to be custodians of the Hip Hop culture.
One of the people who didn’t make sense is Focalistic. This is primarily because the artist found his fame and success while rapping over Amapiano beats. What most people don’t realize, is that Focalistic started out making Trap music and gradually adapted his sound to the changing landscape of the music industry.
In the chat we had with Nota, he discusses Focalistic’s rise in the game and maps out the moves that he made to get to where he is. Nota also touches on why Focalistic is so well loved and why the music he makes resonates with so many South Africans. Stating that he is future of Motswako, dominating a space that Cassper Nyovest should have dominated when he came out with Remote Controller alongside DJ Sumbody.
“There’s too much of an Americazation of South African Hip Hop. So that the guys who are more inclined to like the American sounding stuff, are going to shit on the guys that are now gravitating twords Amapiano or gravitating towards Gqom when that was the hottest thing,” he explains. “Focalistic was able to say, oh this is what you like, this is what you’re dancing to, okay, let me incorporate my message onto what you guys are already vibing to so that I am one with you. And that’s what Focalistic has been able to do.”
Peep the rest of the video for more! Also check out part 1 and part 2 of this interview.