ZuzaNation caught up with self proclaimed Golden Boy, up and coming rapper Amilca Mezarati for an interview on growing up, his life and what’s more to come…
1. Who is Amilca Mezarati?
Amilca Mezarati is a Capetonian born and bred rapper who was born in the Langa Township (7455). He is a business man, a Bcom Law graduate and currently a LLB student (Law). Amilca is the Co-owner of West Wing Academy alongside Bruce “Showbiz” Langa! Amilca is one of the founding members of the Kaap Koalition Movement! Amilca Mezarati is a smart musician who paints vivid pictures about the realities affecting South Africa! Yanthola Yakuza?
2. How did the name come about?
Maaan my dad named me Amilca after a revolutionist from Guinea-Bissau who led the nationalist movement of Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde Islands and was in the fore-front in terms of fighting for the independents of Guinea-Bissau. He was assassinated on 20 January 1973, about eight months before Guinea-Bissau’s declaration of independence. He was influenced by Marxist ideologies; my dad is a Marxist admirer so he named me after him! Mezarati I got in the 7455 when we were just on the block! Meza AKA Mezarati Yanthola wena yakuza! Lebhari uMezarati iyaspeeda, ezawey yanthola wena yakuza! So I put those two names together it gives me a sense of “I’m changing the world as a young ghetto influenced musician.” Like a rap Robin Hood ezawey, yanthola wena yakuza!
3. What inspired or drove you towards Hip Hop?
My OG DMongz (Dadla) put me on a lot of rap music as a kid 2Pac, Eminem, Dre, Jay Z. I was amazed by how those guys were putting out their emotions and in a way that I could relate to.I related to their stories yanthola wena skhala saam. They evoked emotions within me and told stories that I thought that no one knew let alone a person who lived all the way in the States could identify with. It made me realise that black men all over the world are going through similar struggles in this life! So the voice that hip hop gives the youth is what drew me to the lifestyle! Not the Genre Outyam but the lifestyle Yakuza, ungasabi! Hahaha…
4. Growing up who were your biggest musical influences?
In terms of hip hop, Internationally its 2Pac, Biggie, Nas ,Jayz, Eminem! Locally HHP, Pro, Khuli, Amu, Skwatta!
Over All, Its Michael Jackson, Brenda Fassie, those are two artists that had the ultimate pop influence and were all-rounders in terms of being artists…
5. What is the inspiration behind your music?
The inspiration for my music is real life! To be more specific its South African stories, Capetonian Stories, Langa Township Stories! Everything I say is coming straight from my experiences, stories I was told by my OG’s stories I heard from my friends. I try to make my story more about the ghetto because that’s where the pain is outyam. Sometimes I be in the hood just chilling nama Yaku smoking drinking talking about regular street politics and right there I could hear something that inspires me and I would write something about it, net soe yakuza. I mean we live in a country with the highest crime rate, highest AIDS rate and one of the lowest literacy rate, all those stats that I’ve just given you are in the Township, so my heart is sold to telling those stories I mean the politicians aren’t tryna tell em, so why shouldn’t the MOST INNOVATIVE ARTIST tell em… That’s my whole attitude yanthola wena yakuza?
6. What is your personal take on local Hip Hop?
Man Local Hip Hop has grown so much, I started listening to local Hip Hop when Amu came out with attention, I started writing after I heard HHPs Omang and Pros Head and Tales, back than I had convince people to bump local hip hop! In Cape Town DriemaansKaap was doing their thing with Ill Skills! Now man hip hop has gone mainstream rappers are finally making money of this rap music with all kinds of deals. It’s great to see the genre flourish outyam. Cape Town on the other hand is still in the same position, I mean Ill Skills are still headlining shows but as soon as an artist outside from Cape Town comes down here they lose their relevance REAL QUICK! So I think that the gate keepers and the DJs who are in position of power should focus on the younger artists I mean they got the new slang the new swag the new way of making music! There is definitely a new energy bubbling in Cape Town which I think if packaged correctly can be the next era of great music. I mean here in Cape Town we speak that Capetionian Xhosa slang which can only be found in Cape Town slums, so why not use that to your advantage and base your music on the way that you talk daily! I mean that’s what made Bungatholi, Ungasabi and Haisho Bhowzey what they are! WE RAPPED THE SAME WAY THAT WE SPEAK! So yeah there is no better time to be in the Hip Hop Game than now.
7.What are some of the challenges you face as an upcoming artist and how do you overcome those challenges?
Where do I start with this question man, Soooo many challenges that we go through man! I mean if it isn’t the DJs giving us a hard time in terms of playing the music and breaking it out to the public. Then it’s the promoters calling us to do gigs and not paying us after we kill the show! If it’s not that than it’s the artists management talking in the artists ears making guys act out of their character. If it isn’t that than it’s the music video channels telling us that the music that we making is not TV friendly while they playing all that other trash! I can go on and on and on, Qha uzonxapha yakuza so lemma say it like this, the struggle is part of the story we going to tell when we get there so we got to keep knocking on these doors and believe that you can never keep a good man down man! As long as we consistent and keep hitting them with better product and we keep talking to our people with the music! I mean how long can they deny us right?
8.You have been in the game for quite some time now, what has been the highlight of your career so far?
Man my highlight was definitely was starting West Wing Academy with Showbiz. And Forming Kaap Koalition with the DCT clan and IWISHUWUD Ent. Another one was Dropping Haisho Bhowzey with Blaq Slim, That certified to me that the direction and the vision we had was exactly what our city needs. I mean I can’t even remember how many encores we got because of that single. Another high light was learning how the game operates, how to execute a full product I mean that kind of education is priceless. Yeah man another High Light is obviously starting out with my solo project the Modern Day Lacostra Nostra EP! I mean I’ve had this idea for a while so starting with it is definitely a highlight
9. Which local artists would you like to collaborate/ work with?
Man lemmi keep it CapeTonian I wana get in the studio with Phresh Clique, that one might be coming soon! I Wana put in work with Boolz, I’m tryna put that one together! SimultationRaps is another energy I wana capture in a song, Youngsta is definitely a guy I wana sit down with in a stu! Fonzo is killing stuff right now! Dilaska one of the artists I been tryna work with and that has just happened! I would like to Collaborate with Jimmy Nevis he got nice stuff coming out. I been trying to get IMK in the studio they got a reat energy too look out for them. Another guy I wana work with is Chinga Time he been putting out some heat. In Gugs im messing with that 9 Ether and that KYD connec I would like to work those guys too. I just wana work with any young artist coming out of CPT at the moment outyam. That’s where I’m at the moment! Next interview we can talk about Collabos outside of CPT yanthola hahaha.
10. What new projects do you have on the horizon?
I’m working with artists from West Wing Academy called Hype on the Al Pacino Meets De Niro series. We going to be dropping a series of singles through the winter, keep the streets warm ezawey yanthola yakuza! Most of the Production is going to be handled by Touch (Did Boolz Apha Ekapa) and Sharlie Beanero (Did Dunny Dunza and Ungasabi). I also got my Solo tape im dropping the Modern Day Lacostra Nostra that is going to be the best tape to ever come out of CAPE TOWN! I’m working with all the best producers that Ive met along the way and creating a master piece! On production I’ve worked with Sharlie and Touch ofcourse! I have worked with Dilaska the ones we got together are next level, I’ve worked with Khosh who did a lot of production for Driemaansaap, and I’ve worked with Blues he gave me something special. I got Babylon Beats on some production that’s sounding nice! I got Magnito on production he helped me out with some dope music! I got Jay Tip he just won the Back to the City challenge he did some production on the tape. Yeah ma anyone who got production should hit me up on twitter Facebook, we can talk and work something out.
11. Thank you with sitting down with us and letting us know more about you!
Thank you for having me, I appreciate the support. On twitter its @Amilca_Mezarati on Facebook its Amilca Mezarati on Instagram its @Amilca_Mezarati hit me up sizoyiringa lenulukuzana hahaha PEACE!