The young and versatile upcoming hip hop artist from Ehrlich Park in Bloemfontein, Omphemetse Mohantlane (16), affectionately known as WXLF SA, is set to dazzle the hip hop world through his sassy and hard-hitting lyrics.
The young rapper, who was raised by his single mother, told Bloemfontein Courant he started writing lyrics at the age of 12 and officially started recording at 13. “I come from a family where everyone loves music. My grandfather also used to play the piano,” Mohantlane said. Music has always been a huge part of his family’s lives and what inspired him most was the fact that his sister played the flute in a choir with his mother the choir teacher.
“The family has always been an inspiration for my journey in hip hop music. My cousin used to have rap battles with his friends, but I’m the only one who actually pursued hip hop,” he said.
“I just genuinely love making music and I have passion for what I do. I don’t see myself doing anything else.” Mothantlane said he has never tried to emulate, copy or even compare himself to anyone, neither does he worry about what everybody else is doing. “I ride my own wave and like rapping about things that are happening in my life and things that are relevant and that I can relate to.”
The versatile young rapper said his favourite artist is the multi-talented Jacques Berman Webster II, also known as Travis Scott. The 16-year- old Mothantlane is doing grade 11 at Brebner High School and said he has big plans after school. He aspires to pursue music and study film and television. – Lucky Nkuyane