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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.


READ: HHP, the Ultimate Bosso, Gave Me a Childhood Filled with Feel-Good Jams—Sizom'khumbula

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.

Listen to our 12 favorite HHP songs here.
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Kofi Jamar Switches Lanes In 'Appetite for Destruction'

The Ghanaian rapper and "Ekorso" hitmaker presents a different sound in his latest EP.

The drill scene in Ghana has been making waves across the continent for some time now. If you're hip to what a crop of young and hungry artists from the city of Kumasi in Ghana and beyond have been doing over the past year, then you already know about rapper Kofi Jamar.

Towards the end of November last year he dropped one of the biggest drill songs to emerge from Ghana's buzzing drill scene, the popular street anthem "Ekorso." In the December and January that followed, "Ekorso" was the song on everyone's lips, the hip-hop song that took over the season, with even the likes of Wizkid spotted vibing to the tune.

Currently sitting at over 10 million streams across digital streaming platforms, the song topped charts, even breaking records in the process. "Ekorso" maintained the number one spot on Apple Music's Hip-Hop/Rap: Ghana chart for two months uninterrupted, a first in the history of the chart. It also had a good stint at number one of the Ghana Top 100 chart as well, among several other accolades.

Even though he's the creator of what could be the biggest song of Ghana's drill movement till date, Kofi Jamar doesn't plan on replicating his past music or his past moves. He has just issued his second EP, a 6-track project titled Appetite for Destruction, and it would surprise you to know that there isn't a single drill song on it. Although drill played a huge role in his meteoric rise, he wants to be known as way more than just a drill rapper. He wants to be known as a complete and versatile artist, unafraid to engage in any genre — and he even looks forward to creating his own genre of music during the course of his career.

We spoke to Kofi Jamar about his latest EP, and he tells us about working with Teni, why he's gravitating away from drill to a new sound, and more. Check out our conversation below.

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