OPEN SPACE: WifisFuneral

When Isaiah Rivera, better known to rap lovers as WifisFuneral, was eight or nine years old he saw the “Mo Money Mo Problems” music video on TV and had a revelation. The young lad looked at his mother and said: “This is what I want to do, like, for the rest of my life.” His father, who wasn’t in his life, had been a freestyle battle rapper in the Bronx. “I used to be mad when he used to call my mom,” Wifi recalls, “cause we wouldn’t have shit to talk about.” He wrote his first sixteen as a kid and rapped it to his father over the phone. “I tried to use it as a gateway to get closer to him,” Wifi says. “But it didn’t work.” Fast forward a few years—Rivera and his mom relocated to Palm Beach, Florida. He chose the name WifisFuneral after his DJ’s best friend committed suicide. The Wifi part represented his global ambition: “I want the music to be worldwide. I just want people everywhere to listen to it.” After some close calls with drugs—”I went to the emergency like four times in like a year,” he reveals—Wifi locked in on music, releasing his When Hell Falls project in late January to great acclaim. But please don’t call him a “Soundcloud rapper.” Wifi finds the term disrespectful. “How the fuck you gon’ put me in this fuckin’ category?” Wifi asks. The artists who inspired him to rap include MF Doom, Lil Wayne, and Eminem. In this raw, uncensored Open Space interview Wifi reveals the name of his next project, 27 Club. “I’ve been contemplating this project for like two years,” he says. “Being big enough as if I died at 27. As big as Jimi Hendrix, as big as Kurt Cobain.”

 

Related Articles

Video
Video

Open Space with Kodie Shane

Music
Music

Open Space with 24hrs

Music
Music

Best Music Videos of the Week: Gorillaz, Ta’East, Boogie and More

Music
Music

Open Space With SiR

Music
Music

Open Space with Jay IDK

Music
Music

WifisFuneral: “I Didn’t Want To Keep Turning Up No More”

Ad

Latest News

tyler-the-creator, scum fuck flower boy Music

Tyler, The Creator’s ‘Flower Boy’ is Here and It’s Excellent

T is four for four
brad pitt showed up to frank ocean's fyf fest News

Yes, Brad Pitt Really Did Show Up During Frank Ocean’s Set at FYF Fest

No, you weren't tripping
Hey, You're Cool

Hey, You’re Cool! Bobby Konders

A special father and daughter interview
Sports

Watch This Incredible Impersonation of LeBron Dissing Kyrie Irving

"Hit 'Em Up" style.
drake cracks on jay-z's "story of o.j." lyrics at HAW News

Drake Isn’t a Fan of Jay-Z’s Money Phone Message

“Don’t put money to your ear? Oh, I didn’t hear that”
madame tussauds pulls white beyonce wax figure indefinitely News

Madame Tussauds is Adjusting the “Lighting” on White Beyoncé

Yes, the lighting was the strangest part of the wax exhibit
Jonathan Mannion talks about shooting with DMX. Art

An Exclusive Look Inside DMX’s Recent Photo Shoot with Jonathan Mannion

How the legendary MC's recent jail stint led to one powerful session
kyrie irving wants out of cleveland Sports

Kyrie Irving is Done Playing with LeBron James

Seriously, can this NBA offseason get any wilder?
unkle scooty alone backstage in hoodie Hey, You're Cool

Hey, You’re Cool! Unkle Scooty of Diet Starts Monday

Representing D.C. culture to the fullest
asap-twelvyy Music

New Music by A$AP Twelvyy; Tyler, the Creator; Meek Mill and more

The Listening Room (July 21, 2017)
george-romero Film

George A. Romero Was the Kool Herc of Zombie Films

The Rugged Guide to a horror legend
havoc-remembering-prodigy Video

Havoc Speaks on Meeting Prodigy, Creating “Shook Ones,” and Mobb Deep’s Legacy

"To be honest, the outpouring of support due to this event felt bittersweet"
Redeyes Music

PREMIERE: Redeyes, “100 Porsches To The Stars” Video f/ Hus Kingpin

"I'm just trying to get you on my wave, mama, nothin' extra"
damn-hoodies Events

Kendrick Lamar’s ‘DAMN.’ Pop-Up Experience

Rule 1: If you ain't one of the homies, don't be Instagramming
kendrick-damn-tour In Concert

Kendrick Lamar’s ‘DAMN.’ Tour Takes Over Brooklyn

He made it look sexy
nav-metro-boomin-perfect-timing-new-video Music Video

Watch NAV and Metro Boomin’s New NSFW “Perfect Timing (Intro)” Video

Diving down a wormhole of subconscious desire