Ixa vs S-Man: It's a rap!

24 February 2019 | Columns

Otis Finck

I am following a social media spat involving two rappers, Ixa and S-Man, with great disdain and wonder what's actually to gain?

The insults being thrown around and splashed left, right and centre across electronic walls are an utter disgrace and have all the elements of a catfight.

The industry really does not need this negativity and your animosity.

It pains my senses that both artists regard themselves as industry pace setters, yet go about discrediting one another with such passion.

Your fans made you, not the other way around. The “outies” have a saying that respect really goes a long way. It is something earned and cannot be bought.

For the sake of the industry and your fans I suggest that you stop this nonsense between you two. Let it go and rather focus on your passion and talent which we all know is making music.

The sooner you grasp that you need each other in this ever evolving industry, the better. Why not channel all this energy towards producing quality entertainment as well as expanding your fan base and keeping them satisfied?

Get together and collaborate for the sake of the Afrikaans rap industry you two so eagerly profess to represent!

Your behaviour actually makes me wonder if you realise or are even aware that you are role models.

What message are you two sending to your fans of whom many are youngsters?

Am I wrong in presuming that both of you are so ego-centred that you are not even aware of the division you are sowing?

I do not like the fact that you are dividing Namibians instead of uniting communities and fans under the banner of music and entertainment.

I am also a fan and really don't need this. I suggest that you rather complement each other and focus on adding value to entertainment instead of beefing with, breaking and trying to destroy one other.

For the sake of the industry and your fans I suggest that you stop this nonsense between you two.

Lastly, we live in Africa and not in the USA where similar narrow minded feuds between the late Tupac and Notorious B.I.G. already robbed us of two of the greatest rappers to ever grace this planet.

The sooner you realise that art is more than just self-expression and self-communication and that artists have an important role to play within society, the better.

It allows us to escape into the refuge of our fantasy and to leave behind the stress of the modern day world for a little while.

Art also has a major importance in modern society because it defines us as individuals and makes us better people.