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G’nie does rap magic, takes NE by storm

Updated: Jun 8, 2020

By Prasanta Phukon

Zonunmawia Fanai is the ‘G’nie’ from Mizoram who has made a name for himself as one of the most talented rappers from the North East. The 33-year-old Hip Hop rapper, who goes by the stage name G’nie, started his journey in the regional music industry in 2015. Born and brought up in Aizawl, Fanai spent most of his childhood and young adolescence years listening to the Gangsta Rap of the nineties. “All I ever wanted to be was a rapper and you can say that in some ways, I am living my dream,” says the young rapper.

G’nie’s last single UNI exceeded his expectations because “it received fantastic reception from my fans though it was a non-Mizo song”. “The trend in my state is that Mizo songs get better views and more fanfare. But UNI was in English and yet it got an overwhelming response,” said Fanai. His single, Dawt, was the fastest to reach a million views as well on YouTube. But according to the artiste, his biggest achievements are still ahead of him. He is a hardcore rapper at heart but he composes what the target audience demands.

One of his recent hit music videos, Thinlung a sernung, is also a hit. “My brother Joexx (who is a professional music composer and is well-known by his stage name Joexx) produced the beat and I wrote the melody after feeling the beat to create the final music composition. The music video took almost a year to be completed. At present, I am working on a mixtape (an alternatively mix-tape or mix tape is a compilation of music, typically from multiple sources, recorded onto a medium. With its origin in the 1980s, the term usually describes a homemade compilation of music onto a cassette tape, CD, or digital playlist),” Fanai informed.