Matodzi Maphiri is a venrap (venda rap) artist known professionally as Metro CMG and is known all over Venda and some parts of Gauteng. He is known for his hit singles such as Songo Mona, Unpredictable, BEER, including his series tracks entitled Real Talk (From Real Talk 1 to 7) and many more.
EARLY LIFE AND CAREER
Maphiri was born in 1994, in Tshino, Limpopo, South Africa and stayed there for a few years until he moved to Ha-Mashau Bodwe where he started his primary level of education at Tshivhade Primary School. He then moved to Mavhina Primary School. Metro has an elder brother named Takalani. Takalani moved from Tshino to Ha-Mashau where Metro was staying. He used to play a lot of Hip-Hop & R’n’B by the time so it influenced Metro into rapping that he had an urge to rap like international artists such as 2 Pac, Biggie, Jay Z and many more as they are always playing in the speakers at home.
In 2006, while he was doing his Grade 6, he started writing his own songs and would sing them to his classmates, hitting classroom desks to produce a rhythmic sound so that he can sing along his lyrics with the hand-made beat from desks. Fast forward, 2008, he started recording songs while he goes to Nwaridi Secondary School (Seems like his dream is coming true here). Well, by then, some other local musicians would make songs, failing to complete, they’d approach Metro. Through that, he met up with a producer, Lubza the Producer then he worked with him until Lubza left in 2010.
Metro CMG has a friend, Shucks. Shucks had computers so they decided to form a music group since Lubza left. The formed group was given a name CMG Caladempha Music Group. It consisted of artists namely Metro CMG, Shucks, Bannti, Bronze and Drive. This is were he (Metro) learnt how to produce beats and engineer a song. Later on, the studio “collapsed”, literally, then Bannti went to work with Bomo (Bomo Entertainment), Bronze got signed to Mulambo Media so only Metro CMG and Shucks were left out, unsigned and being nowhere. For some reasons, Metro got signed to Mulambo Media a little later until he left it to be an independent rapper.
I initially knew Metro few years back (2013 I think) when he Facebook in boxed me his song Vivho then Songo Mona after. He 'banger making' skill makes him release songs that are on point. I used to give him ideas & advices and he would send me his songs before releasing so I can give him feedback. Man, I feel like this dude is gifted and is really going far in life. Words to him: "Do it, represent your hood all over the country and show them you are really gifted".
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He is a raid to this venrappers, Metro CMG VenRap GOD. I discovered him back in 2012. Just like Cassidy, an international battle rapper, Metro CMG is familiar with getting around punch-lines. He's my Cassidy in this venrap sh**. He's got hundreds of rhymes, what a G.O.A.T. #RealTalk. He made me fall in-love with venrap. There's no venrapper not influenced by him. My favorite tracks include Mabulasini, On A Mission, Avhari Tsireledze and more. Moreover, his latest album (The Coming) has a way more incredible production.
IllestFan Rendani OG BigsFacebook
Flash-Back, 2013, when my nigga Zwivhuya "Gareth" Sphamela sent me one of Metro CMG’s tracks, I then looked forward into listening to more of his songs. His lyrics, punch-lines, wordplay and style has been so entertaining and his voice is golden. There I went, followed him on Facebook. I didn't even know the meaning of hip-hop that if anyone could ask me what hip-hop is I'd honestly say it's Metro CMG. Lol. Even though I'd asked him how he got his content perfect, he just laughed. I concluded "The big man that rules the earth is responsible for his talent.
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Although, when Metro CMG was still under Mulambo Media, he constantly worked along with Die Hard (an event manager). In every gig that Die Hard would host, Metro CMG would automatically be in the line-up. Die Hard used to notify Metro whenever he’s planning on something and also used to help him there-and-there. So as Metro CMG was no longer signed under Mulambo Media, him and Die Hard decided to officially work together. By so, they formed an entertainment industry, focusing mainly in creating gigs, under Die Hard’s name (Die Hard Entertainment). On the other hand, Promatick of Pro Hustlers would help him in in radio air plays since he felt Metro CMG is the dopest ven-rapper alive and not being played on radio (That was when he was still under Mulambo Media).
Well, after Promatick found out Metro was working independently with Die Hard, he organised a meeting and the three of them decided to work as partners (Die Hard Ent. and Pro Hustlers). Thats when stuff started to pay off. He’s now getting multiple radio air plays and his dream and/or their next plan, according to Metro CMG, is to boom nationally with plays on Channel O, MTV and Trace TV.
HOW THE STAGE-NAME METRO CMG CAME BY
By the time he was in Grade 8, on a casual day, he was wearing a t-shirt printed Metro on it. This other guy just repeatedly kept on calling him by that name. Therefore, ladies also started calling him Metro then automatically, BOOM!, he was assigned Metro CMG as his stage-name.
Metro CMG "The Best". That's what I call him. I initially came across his music in 2012/2013. I was actually introduced to venrap as a whole by my boys (Awesome Entertainment) in 2011 and they'd make me listen to other venrap artists as well. To be honest, I didn't feel any of these other guys so I ended up playing Awesome Entertainment only when it comes to venrap. One day my younger brother Hardcore, an Awesome Entertainment member, was listening to a diss track that got my attention. It was Metro CMG's "Songo Mona". That was it, I then invited Metro as a friend on Facebook. Very soon after, he started releasing "Real Talks" and I was like damn he's super dope. The Real Talk series made him king of diss. Venrappers were scared to respond until Coolfelo's "Game Over" It was such a killer that I thought Metro wouldn't recover from, but the nig** surprised me. Coming back with Real Talk 6, strong as hell, that confirmed Metro is really gifted. I initialized a communication between him and I and he'd send me he's tracks before releasing. This guy is not only good in diss tracks. He also murders commercial songs such as Awesome God, Nthlukgeleng, Avha Ntsireledze, Push, Songo Njaja and many-many more. He's a powerful lyricist, raw, straight off the street and will make you feel his music with urgency that speaks to your livelihood. He released his album (The Coming), of which at first, I had doubts if he was ready to make an album, but to my surprised as usual he pulled it off with it's content well prepared, tight production from intro to outro. This album has all ingredients of hip hop music. I can really say a lot about guy but let me just end here.
Edgar 'Pro-matick' MulaudziManager/Promoter Facebook
I've been a venrap fan for years before Metro CMG knocked on the venrap's door. I listened to the like of Bomo Unlimited, CoolFelo, Mizo Phyll and Killah Gee since they were the ones doing it big for me in venrap by the time. When Mizo Phyll and CoolFelo dissed Killah Gee from Mulambo Media where Metro was signed, apparently Metro replied with the sickest lines like "Avhana formula/Asi Uri vhakhoto zwifuna u fhumula/Hutouvha husina zwine vha nga fhindula/Cause vha rapper same thing vha bvafha u humbula" I went nuts. By then I knew he was the Venrap God. I then linked with with and that was when I was about to host my first show "DIEHARD THE BLACK BULL' SHOW". When CoolFelo released "Game Over", I thought it was gonna be the end of Metro's undefeatable streak. I phoned him to check if he was ok, lol. He told me to relax he's the Venrap God and busy with track to the album "The Coming". He released a powerful "Real Talk", 6, replying to CoolFelo's diss and it made the whole venda go crazy, praising the God, Metro CMG. This is where Coolfelo died, literally, just musically. See, I didn't like team work but I couldn't resist working with Metro since I could see this guy has hunger for success and a strong hustling spirit. That's why I really felt the need to work with him, and later, together with Pro-Matick and now my industry, Die Hard Entertainment, is powered by Pro Hustler. I wish Metro great things within the music industry and I can assure you that this guy is kind, respectful and has great listening skills.