LOCAL rappers are showing Bongani Fassie the middle finger for his “diss” track.
After a two-year hiatus, the 30-year-old musician on Monday released his song Stretcher, in which he trashes local rappers including Siya Slikour Metane, Thabo JR Bogopa, Thato L-Tido Madonsela and Ntokozo KO Mdluli.
But no one is giving him the time of day.
Bogopa said he hadn’t heard the song despite Fassie rapping that “ungang’tsheli ngabo JR doti toti just rubbish (dont tell me about JR rubbish)”.
“I don’t want to give this guy something to talk about, I don’t want to make him relevant actually,” said Bogopa.
Fassie was last seen performing in March 2013 when he performed with a hologram of his late mother, the legendary Brenda Fassie, at a Hansa Legends concert in Johannesburg.
His comeback song, which features unknown rappers Pusher Beats and Shae Mix, also disses rappers AKA, Cassper Nyovest, AB Crazy and Maggz.
In the song, Fassie calls Maggz a style thief, says AKA and KO aren’t worth an applaud, and L-Tido is “making a noise”.
SAMA award-winning rapper Mdluli said he heard the song from one of his friends.
“It’s one of those situations when someone doesn’t have anything going for himself and want to use some sort of bait like using other people’s names to try create some attraction for themselves”.
“I feel nothing about the song. It’s really sad to see him punishing his surname like that but if anything I wish him the best of luck,” said KO.
Metane said: “I think he’s an amazing producer, I think if he could use that energy to get himself out there he would be the modern day [version] of what his mother was.”
Fassie told The Times said he was “happy” and had been in the studio “while everybody was out there in the club getting money, flashing and doing the Instagram and Twitter thing”.
“This is nothing personal, it’s business. Who cares what they feel? Who asked them?
“People can keep on thinking what they want to think, I’m going to make music. The torch was passed on from my late mother and I’m going pass it on to whoever I will be writing with.”
MORE ON WHAT BONGANI FASSIE HAD TO SAY:
GABIVILLE: Where have you been since March 2013 when you performed at the Hansa Legends Concert?
BONGANI: I’ve been in the Cave, its called the studio cave.
G: Why now? Why a diss track and nothing else?
B: You mean, yhy am I not holding hands and singing ringa ringa rosy? You know that doesn’t sell, that is not what we really thinking about or how we feeling. You can’t sing about happy tracks when you happy right? I’m coming out with me and the team I’ve been raising an army so I am stretcher track it is what it is. It’s self explanatory and Im glad its serving its purpose. Its not personal its business
G: Many though you and Maggz and Da Les are friends? Until now…
B: I also thought so for a long time, remember I was labeled irrelevant from all corners of the country, I was called names, been bashed down so I replied the best way I know how and thats through music. I am not saying I am not friends with them anymore, its just a song. If any of these guys want to come do a track with me I would do it because I don’t burn my bridges like that, only with music and that’s as far as it goes. When it comes to music I’m gonna do what I want and what I feel.
G: You may have disgruntled a few rappers while some feel there’s nothing to worry about? Do you worry about this?
B: Who cares what they feel? Who asked them? Whatever they have to say is obsolete, angithi bekumnandi bona (it was fun) when they were grabbing the number one spot basebakhohliwe ukuthi baqale kuphi (meanwhile they forgot where they started)? Bayakhohla (They forget) we are parents now we have children, I don’t mind if I don’t get paid for things and I mention on the track, mara mawubonga uthi (but when you thank people you say) Dankie for something. Its a righteous thing to do. Did I get my thank you? Nuh.
G: Do you care that people think you’re trying to resuscitate your career / gain relevance with this song?
B: People can keep on thinking what they want to think, Im gonna make this music. I never left for people to say that I fell off or anybody to say that – when did they ever get on. I’m a phoenix, I know what I am – The torch was passed on from my late mother and I’m gonna pass it on to whoever I will be writing with right now and they should do the same.
G: How are you really apart from this track?
B: I am happy, I’ve been happy, I am happy I can wake up in the morning kiss my babies and sit down and do work whether people have ditched me Im no longer there but I’ll tell you the game isn’t about making it but about maintaining. And I’ve maintained. I haven’t had to release a track for how many years? And I am still relevant. In the people I see on the day to day basis – the petrol attendance, regular 9-5 people, people who don’t get to make the money we make I am relevant. I still have the drive to thank people for making me who I am and carry out what they ask me from me.
G: Is this all you will be giving your fans or is there more we can expect from Bongani?
B: I have about 1000 hours of music that I have been working on, while everybody was out there in the club getting money, flashing and doing the Instagram and Twitter thing, I’ve been working and now this track was just the first track and I’ve just put it out for free, its not even a single. I am not yet ready to release an album, I’ll be releasing a few more singles before I can get to that – I want it to be perfect once its done.