The Twitter feud between Black Isco and Third Eye has shut down the internet. Since the beef erupted, social media users have been confused, asking for Black Isco’s identity.
Born Francis Chanthunya, formerly known as Frankie The One, Black Isco a writer, rapper, singer and producer.
He started music in 2010 learning how to make music under the name Frankie The One.
Commenting on the change of names, he says, “Well, on one part there were too many copycats coming out, it seemed like there were a few artists just attaching “The One” to their names.
“The other thing is my music was becoming less egocentric and more about culture so Black made more sense. Frankie and Isco are both just variations of my name Francisco.
In 2012, he released a mixtape called “The Illumination”, and then an album in 2018 called “Lingua Franca” which is available on Spotify, iTunes, Deezer and all other streaming services.
According to the rapper, Lingua Franca is based on the cultural experience of Sub Saharan Africans.
“The title itself refers to a language which is the common tongue in a region, not necessarily the native language. So it’s largely about how language plays a part in the shaping of history and culture. Many of us don’t know traditional ideas because the language has been diluted by colonial influences. Songs like Police State, Lingua Franca part 1 and 2, and Ukunama look into this,” he explains.
Black Isco is one of the few rappers who represented Malawian Hip Hop industry at this year’s Lake Of Stars.
“It was a really great experience. I was the opening act for the whole show so it was really just me getting people warmed up to the stage but it was really fun. The King’s Rifles also put on a great show as hip hop acts,” he recalls.
Commenting on the current beef with Third Eye, Black Isco says, “He insulted my skills as a rapper, so I merely responded as a rapper. In my mind it’s already ended.”
Black Isco’s music is available on blackisco.com
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