HHP Is Dead At 38 – Reflecting On His Rise To The Top

The Motswako MC’s death was reportedly confirmed by wife and publicist Lerato Sengadi on Wednesday.



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.


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.


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.



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