South African military rapper Bricka Iphanta has made a triumphant return with his highly-anticipated album, “Soldier On A Mission 2.0.” This album marks the next chapter in his musical journey, following his previous releases such as “Soldier On A Mission” (2014), “Dozen Tape” (2017), and “The Con032scious Mixtape” (2019). Bricka Iphanta, known for his exceptional lyrical skills and distinctive storytelling, embarked on his musical voyage in 2012.
“Soldier On A Mission 2.0” boasts an impressive tracklist of 20 songs, showcasing Bricka Iphanta’s growth and evolution as an artist. Each track has been thoughtfully curated to offer top-tier production, align with the album’s thematic essence, and resonate with a wide audience.
Bricka Iphanta’s unique genre, “Military Kasi Rap Hip Hop,” blends township-relevant lyrics with military terminology and sound effects, reflecting his life experiences and creative environment.
Bricka Iphanta’s musical journey began back in 2004 during his school years, inspired by the likes of KZN rapper Shon G. Over time, his passion for music intensified, culminating in his debut single’s release in 2012. His path took an intriguing twist when he joined the South African Military in 2008, momentarily stepping away from music to undergo basic military training. Nevertheless, his love for music never diminished, and he returned to the music scene with renewed vigor.
Throughout his career, Bricka Iphanta has shared stages with esteemed artists such as Pro Kid, T-Bo Touch, Busi, Beast RSA, Duncan, Zakwe, and Siya Shezi. His tracks have also graced the airwaves of renowned radio stations like Metro FM, YFM, Ukhozi FM, and Gagasi FM. Furthermore, his music videos have found a home on Channel O and MTV Base.
“Soldier On A Mission 2.0 LP” serves as a reflection of Bricka Iphanta’s life experiences in Tongaat township, where he grew up, as well as his time in the South African military since 2008. The album addresses a diverse range of topics, from personal perspectives and challenges to offering solutions and sharing wisdom with his audience.
The lead single from the album, “YES,” produced by 12 Gauge, provides a glimpse into Bricka Iphanta’s artistic growth and his dedication to delivering meaningful and impactful content. With a catchy, hook-driven sample, “YES” serves as a promising introduction to the album’s rich narrative.
In addition to “YES,” Bricka Iphanta has prepared six more singles for radio and social media promotions, including “BLESSED,” “PALESA,” “UNGRATEFUL,” “CELEBRATION OF A SOLDIER,” and “THE STREETS.” Collectively, these singles showcase his artistic evolution and the overarching message of the project.
Bricka Iphanta draws inspiration from a wide spectrum of musical influences, spanning from Kwaito legends like Zola and Mandoza to contemporary rap artists such as Beast RSA, Styles P, and Ab Soul. His sound is a fusion of hip-hop, Kwaito, and military-inspired elements, resulting in a unique blend that resonates with a diverse audience.
Despite the challenges of balancing a military career and music, Bricka Iphanta has found a way to harmonize both pursuits. He acknowledges the discipline and structure instilled by the military and applies it to his music career. The South African Military has been supportive, granting him the flexibility to pursue his dual passions.
“Soldier On A Mission 2.0” encapsulates Bricka Iphanta’s mission: “DEFEND & ENTERTAIN.” His aspiration is to become the most influential rapper in the SADC Region’s military, using his lyrics to educate, inspire, and motivate his audience.
Bricka Iphanta’s musical philosophy centers on discipline, maintaining the image of a soldier on a mission, and using his music as a positive societal force. His message to his fans revolves around learning from past mistakes, finding one’s purpose, and continually striving for self-improvement.
“Soldier On A Mission 2.0” is poised to revolutionize the South African music scene, solidifying Bricka Iphanta’s status as a prominent artist. His unwavering dedication to both his military and music careers is a testament to his resilience and commitment to his craft.