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Ice Prince Pays Homage to HHP in New Track ‘A Verse for Jabba,’ Calls Him the Father of African Rap

Listen to Ice Prince's tribute to late South African hip-hop legend.

Almost a year after HHP's death, Ice Prince releases "A Verse for Jabba," a one-verse song in which he pays tribute to the South African hip-hop legend.

He raps over the instrumental to HHP's song "Thank You Note," one of the late SA rapper's most loved deep cuts from his 2007 album Acceptance Speech.


The Nigerian emcee starts by singing praises to Jabba, rapping:

"I had to write a verse for Jabba/ A lot of young'ns never met the father/ Of African rap, a triple OG swagga/ A pantsula, a punchline Dracula"

Then he remembers Jabba as a caring human being, who was always there for him and those he loved:

"The HH, mentioned among a couple greats/ God with the flow, MC Hip Hop conglomerate/ Never did the regular shit
And when you down/ He be down to call your cellular quick
I'm six hours far away/ But he'll be down to drop you a text
And talk about my success"

Ice Prince goes on to remember a 2013 show in Lagos in which Jabba impressed the Nigerian crowd:

"2013 back in Lagos/ We had a concert for the fans and the neighbours/ Jabba came through smooth with the flavours/ Standing ovation from the ballers and players/ 'Cause you know what he gave us, real energy/ Man, I see Legende like a medley/ Lagos boys they gon' order for more Hennesy/ I hear the whispers through the crowds/ My people be looking proud/ Like, 'the South African fat nigga is a dope and a bad, nigga/ Flows on the stands, nigga'"

Towards the end of the short song, Ice Prince interpolates HHP's song "Legende" from the rapper's 2011 album Motswafrika. "Legende" is a song in which Jabba was chronicling his journey in the game, looking back at how far he had come.

With Motswafrika, HHP was advocating for Pan-Africanism in hip-hop and music at large. This was after HHP had released the album Dumela (2009), in which he gathered some of the best rappers from the continent in a double disc that is one of his strongest releases, and Jabba's discography has no single misstep.

Ice Prince's relationship with South African hip-hop goes back several years. From performing at Maftown Heights to working with the likes of AKA and Cassper Nyovest.

Listen to "A Verse for Jabba" below and download it here.

Ice Prince – A Verse For Jabba www.youtube.com


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Watch the First Episode of Flame’s Documentary Series ‘Welcome To My Life’

Flame takes fans behind the scenes in his new documentary series.

From interviews to smoking sessions, performances, studio sessions and a visit to the hair salon, Flame gives fans a glimpse into his life and adventures.

The South African hip-hop artist and producer shared the first episode of an ongoing documentary series titled Welcome To My Life. The first episode, which he shared today, shows Flame and his affiliates—the likes of Ecco, Mellow and others—going about their business.

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uSanele Releases a New Project ‘uMvelase’ Featuring ASAP Shembe, Windows 2000, Manelisi and Others

Listen to uSanele's new project 'uMvelase.'

South African hip-hop artist uSanele's recently released project is titled uMvelase. "This project," says the artist, "is in honor of my father and family, abakwa Mthembu; all my siblings, extended family and my roots in the heart of KZN, kwaNongoma. It is a calling—if you will—a completion of my journey and all things coming full circle."

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In Conversation with Congolese NBA Player Emmanuel Mudiay: 'I want more African players in the NBA.'

The Utah Jazz player talks about being African in the NBA, supporting basketball in the DRC and how 'everybody knows about Burna Boy'.

Inspired by his basketball-playing older brothers, by second grade, Emmanuel Mudiay already knew that he wanted to play in the American National Basketball Association. Then in 2001 his family, fleeing the war in Democratic Republic of Congo, sought asylum in the United States.

In America, Mudiay saw basketball as a way for him to improve his situation. After impressive high school and college careers, he moved to China to play pro ball. Picked 7th overall in the 2015 NBA draft, the now 23-year-old guard has made a name for himself this season coming off the bench for the Utah Jazz.

Mudiay attests to the sport having changed not only his life but that of his siblings. Basketball gave them all a chance at a good education and the opportunity to dream without conditions. Now he wants to see other talented African players make it too.

We caught up with him to talk about his experience as an African player in the NBA, his hopes for basketball on the African continent and who he and his teammates jam out to in their locker rooms.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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University lecturer and activist Doctor Stella Nyanzi (L) reacts in court as she attends a trial to face charges for cyber-harassment and offensives communication, in Kampala, on April 10, 2017. (Photo by GAEL GRILHOT/AFP via Getty Images)

Jailed Ugandan Activist, Stella Nyanzi, Wins PEN Prize for Freedom of Expression

The outspoken activist, who is currently serving a prison sentence for a poem she wrote about the president's mother's vagina, won for her resistance "in front of a regime that is trying to suppress her."

Stella Nyanzi, the Ugandan academic, activist, and vocal critic of President Yoweri Museveni has been awarded the 2020 Oxfam Novib/PEN International award for freedom of expression, given to writers who "continue to work for freedom of expression in the face of persecution."

Nyanzi is currently serving a 15 month sentence for "cyber harassment" after she published a poem in which she wrote that she wished "the acidic pus flooding Esiteri's (the president's mother) vaginal canal had burn up your unborn fetus. Burn you up as badly as you have corroded all morality and professionalism out of our public institutions in Uganda."

According to the director of PEN International, Carles Torner, her unfiltered outspokenness around the issues facing her country is what earned her the award. "For her, writing is a permanent form of resistance in front of a regime that is trying to suppress her," said Torner at the award ceremony.

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