Hip Hop Pantsula has reportedly died.
The sad news was confirmed on Wednesday by his wife and publicist, Lerato Sengadi, to TshisaLive. Real name Jabulani Tsambo, the 38-year-old award winning rapper became one of the best selling South African Hip Hop artists.
Spanning over two decades, his music career has spawned a bevvy of timeless classics and chart-topping commercial anthems, a few which have been applauded for their role in shaping and elevating the landscape of Hip Hop in South Africa.
THE ACCEPTANCE SPEECH
He shot to fame and amassed much street influence following the triumphant release of his sophomore album, Maf Town. Though, it wasn’t really until Acceptance Speech was released that HHP – also affectionately known as Jabba – really stamped his place as one of the country’s biggest MCs of all time. .
The third album was a beautiful showcase of Jabba’s rare musical technique, and he applauded for being able to engineer a unique touch of Motswako with a live feel. Perhaps “elegant music”, as he describes it on Chic Music, pays the most accurate tribute to the album.
The 2009 project solidified Jabba as the country’s originator of the Motswako sound, which found him articulating the deliveries of the most personal stories and ideas in his native language, Setswana.
It is because of this reason that he gained prominence as one of the greatest acts to have ever influenced the landscape of Hip Hop in South Africa.
Acceptance Speech produced a slew of chart-topping hits, a few which would go on to become timeless classics. Amongst these are Music N Lights (Remix), Mpitse, as well as an acoustic, a live themed instrumental version of an older anthem, Tswaka.
HIP HOP PANTSUAL’S INFLUENCE
Jabba is often named by some of the country’s biggest Hip Hop artists as being instrumental in inspiring their own artistic pursuits.
That inexhaustible list includes the likes of Cassper Nyovest and Khuli Chana, whose careers have their genesis in Motswako – the sound HHP had introduced and popularized to the mass market. Nyovest has continued paying respect to HHP and the role he played in shaping his career.
The Hip Hop artist has been open about his battle with clinical Depression, which has been linked to three highly publicized suicide attempts. In 2016, he went to rehab to “clear his system of anti-depressants”, reported Daily Sun.
The cause of his death is not yet known.
K.O Reveals Third Album Details – Everything We Know
K.O has announced his third solo project.
On Monday, K.O delighted fans when he not only announced his long awaited third solo studio album, but also revealed the album artwork, along with the title.
Slated for release on September 27th, K.O’s third solo project is called PTY UnLTD.
Perfectly synchronised to launch along with the looming summer, the album will premiere during the commercial peak of his latest hit, Say U Will, the simmering collaborative joint that saw him team up with the beautiful Nandi Madida.
The songbird has been celebrating her first ever number one, which also marks KO’s successful revival.
PTY UnLTD will also come just months after the Cashtime catalogue was availed across digital streaming platforms earlier this year. “It’s a piece of history we wanted to preserve”, he told QuenchSA in an exclusive interview, in which he also began laying out the elements which will define his next sonic ecosystem.
The sound will not adhere to the trappings of Skhanda, the Hip Hop and Kwaito fusion he masterfully pioneered and popularised with his previous works. It’s a fresh start for K.O, who sees the successes of his recent releases – which includes Supa Dupa – as keys unlocking his next chapter.
“What I have coming up is gonna be appreciated on a large scale, just based on where I am. I think I found my feet again. I can’t wait for people to hear”, he told QuenchSA.
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Black Coffee and Usher Team Up On ‘Lalala’
Usher’s smooth vocals luxuriate catchy hooks over Black Coffee’s distinct productions in fresh collaborative number.
On Tuesday, Black Coffee and Usher Lalala, a catchy dance number maximising on the creative potential of Coffee’s superior production skills and Usher’s powerful vocals.
The rhythmic joint, which comes nearly a year after the two first wet the musical appetites of their fans with snaps showcasing their budding friendship when Usher touched down in South Africa for his performance at the Global Citizen Festival, finds Usher luxuriating Coffee’s lush and summer calling instrumentals.
Lalala, which marks the globally celebrated DJ’s triumphant return to the charts since the debut of last year’s Drive, also solidifies Black Coffee’s pursuit to enter the American market.
Recently, Black Coffee has executed high powered collaborations with a slew of top international acts, a list which includes Drake, Jorja Smith and Alicia Keys.
Tshego Performs ‘No Lies’ At Pink Panther Album Listening Session
Tshego delivered some smooth vocals on the lush performance of No Ties, the first single from his looming Pink Panther album, which will premiere on Friday, August 30th. The singer took us through a few songs as he invited us into the soundscape of the long await project.