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South Africans Remember Rap Legend HHP a Year After His Death
It's another summer without Jabba.
It's been a year since South Africa lost one of its biggest rap legends in Hip Hop Pantsula (HHP) or Jabba, as he was affectionately known. The 38-year-old, who made a name for himself in the South African hip-hop sub-genre of motswako alongside other heavyweights such as Khuli Chana, Fifi Cooper and Cassper Nyovest, reportedly committed suicide following a long battle with depression. With hits such as "Bosso" and "Music and Lights", HHP was credited with being one of the first artists to fuse kwaito and hip-hop and achieve mainstream success.
South Africans on social media are paying tribute to HHP and his incredible contribution to the music space. From the country's Minister of Sport, Nathi Mthethwa, his customary wife Lerato Sengadi to fellow musicians DJ Fresh, Solo and Ice Prince (who released the track "A Verse for Jabba"), messages remembering the musician's life have been pouring in.
Following the musician's death, his wife has been in a constant legal battle with his family as it pertains to his estate. It was later discovered, however, that HHP had left everything in his will to his 14-year-old son, Leano Khanye.