Focalistic and Shebeshxt. Images via Instagram @Focalistic, @official.shebeshxt

Focalistic responds to Shebeshxt following viral ‘Podcast and Chill’ interview

President Ya Straata, Focalistic, says he’s willing to pay controversial rapper Shebeshxt for his performance in September.


Focalistic and Shebeshxt. Images via Instagram @Focalistic, @official.shebeshxt

Award-winning musician Focalistic, real name Lethabo Sebetso, has responded to controversial rapper Lehlogonolo Katlego Chauke – popularly known as Shebeshxt.

During the much-loved Limpopo artist’s interview on MacG’s Podcast and Chill, he accused the Ke Star hitmaker of snubbing his performance at the Straata Nation Address – Focalistic’s first one-man show held at the Pretoria National Botanical Gardens on 16 September.

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Shebeshxt, whose interview hit 1 million views in two days, said that he thought he was cool with Focalistic and performed for free at the event.

“I don’t deny that the Straata Nation Address was packed, but do you think if I was not there it would be that packed? If you looked at what was trending on TikTok from the show, it was my performance, and he failed to post me. I went there for free. He didn’t pay me for it. Even the videos you saw of us at colleges and all, I never wanted a cent from him,” Shebeshxt said.

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Taking to Instagram Live while in Atlanta for Davido’s A.W.A.Y Festival, Focalistic said he did not think that Shebeshxt was offended by the way he posted the event. The Khekheleza hitmaker apologised to Shebeshxt and said he has love for him.

“That is my dawg. Maybe I didn’t post him the way he wanted me to post him. Before anything else, I have been posting him, he’s my dawg, and we will never fight, no matter what podcasts can do, we will never fight. Sorry dawg if you feel like you were disrespected. You know I will never disrespect the streets. At the end of the day, we are all hustling for the same thing. It will always be love from me,” he said.

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Focalistic also addressed the non-payment issue, saying he would pay the Dilo Tse Massive rapper if he wants him to.

“With regards to payments. I asked him how much he wanted. I wanted to pay. Those who know [me] know I pay for people to perform at my shows, so he wanted to do it out of love and I respect that, so I don’t know. The problem is that people love beef and I don’t have it. I love him a lot. Whatever he wants, I got it. If he wants money he must tell me, let’s fix it. I’ve never imagined myself fighting Shebe.”