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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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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video) www.youtube.com

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