May 17, 2023

Univen Student and Rapper - Yung tj SA on how his Varsity mates reacted to his Album “Reality Brings Pain”

Tshifhiwa Munalisi aka Yung tj SA; born in 2001/3rd/August is a young venda rapper from Hamutsha in Limpopo. The rapper grew up with interest for music from a young age, He claim that he was inspired by the likes of Eminem, Juice WRLD, XxxTentacion, Nasty C, Cassper Nyovest and many more. The rapper releasd his first studio album on the 3rd of August 2022. The album focuses more on his personal life like dealing with depression, losing his Aunt who raised him from birth and many more. The rapper takes this project as his diary as it reveals a lot of inner pains and his plans for the future with songs like if I had a billion

Who Got you into hip hop?

It’s gotta be my dad, my big man has always been a fan of hip hop and played a lot of 50 Cent, Eminem, Dre etc but I was drawn more to the Eminem music from his catalog and I would dream of rapping as fast as him, that’s how I started trying rapping.


What is the Good and the Bad thing about hip hop around your hood?

I think the bad thing is that the hood got “gate owners” you know, like they limit who gets a shot in this music thing, we’ve got plenty of talents especially here in Venda but if you know Mizo Phyll your chances are guaranteed and you just a chancer you know, you gotta be verified by “the kings” in order to get big which honestly sucks. But the good thing is that the music… well it keeps fighting for us to get up there.


Your Album - Reality brings Pain; How did the whole project come about?

RBP was my first studio. Album and my most anticipated project, it was all about Tshifhiwa in particular I was talking about my mental health and everything of my surrounding you know, Anxiety and depression, as an artist I believe you have to paint every pain and joy in your art and make the best of it and yea that’s what I did there.

How is the response from your fellow Univen Mates towards your Music Journey?

First time shot on this album I got to perform two of its songs on stage last year and honestly the crowd went crazy, the following day my Spotify streams were boosted, people reacted well to *If I Had A Billion*, after that performance I made like 1.6k streams so I can say the response was super awesome and I appreciate it

Yung tj ; What’s the Story behind this Stage Name?

Well my name is Tshifhiwa Junior; so I took my initials to make the name, then the “Yung” came from my highschoool biggest fan, I wanted to honour him for being so real with me you know, so I called myself Yung tj SA from Killervibe


How Do You Balance Your Music and Your Studies?

Well personally, my degree is time consuming already. Because of that, I merely get studio time, so I steal recesses, holidays and less packed weekend to make music, that way it doesn’t disturb my school work you know.


Few Years to Come, Where will Yung tj be?

I give myself 2 years and ONLY 2 years to make an impact, take over Venda music industry then go bully the whole SA industry you know, step by step

Follow Yung tj On:

Facebook - Yung tj SA

Twitter - @YungtjSA

Instagram - @yung_tj_sa


Shout Outs

I’d love to send a S/O to my sis, dad, mom, my brother inlaw and all my friends but most importantly my late aunt for always believing in me

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