'On The Come Up' with Mtist

South African rapper/actor Athi Ntanjana, better known as Mtist recently released a 4 track EP titled "The Come Up".
Officially released on the 7th of September, Mtist describes the EP as a true representation of where he is right now as an artist and where he intends to go.
"I am still on the come up and I strongly feel that a lot of people and artists as well can relate to my music and connect with the message. After all, we all have at one time or another been on that 'come up', irrespective of out career path", he said.

The 4 tracks that make up the EP and which the artist described as "perfect smooth turn up songs" include Niggas On The Chain, Thandaza, We In It and Bounce.
"On the CD I made use of different styles of rap in my mother language. I fused in a lot of trap but in a cultural way so as not to forget my roots", said Mtist, as he is known to his counterparts.
The 24-year old further went on to say that though it was still early days he was hopeful of a positive response from his community and fans.
"It still hasn't gotten the response that I had initially anticipated but I know it will give me the feedback I need at the end of the day so I am still pushing it and I know that in the longrun this EP will uplift the youth", said the Johannesburg native.

Known as the 'gentleman of rap' because of his clean lyrics and message, the artist said that music gave him the chance to not only share his story but also touch people's lives at the same time.
"The hustle still flows still inside my veins and producing good music, sharing messages of hope and my own life story with the fans, that is what keeps me going", he said.

Mtist actually started out as a vocalist before he discovered rap at the age of 17 and used to record songs on a laptop with his big brother (Siphesihle Chris).
They then formed a company called Soul Wave Productions where the duo dealt with kids from the street and whom they tried to give a platform from which to work and also express themselves through dance, poetry, drama and music.

From thereon, Ntanjana established himself as an actor and made his breakthrough on the television drama "Isithembiso". He has also featured in short films like 'Harvest', among others.