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Tracka de Day: HHP, Cassper, KG & Omar El "Past Time"

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MafTown (Mafikeng, South Africa) hometown hero Hip Hop Pantsula (a.k.a. Double-H-P) got his first break in 2007, and has since become a national star. His latest video for "Past Time" is our 'Tracka de Day' because of it's ultra smooth vibe, robust cast including Cassper, KG & Omar El, and and all around awesome video. Also included is the behind the scenes video (below) in which Static P shows off his braided rat tail (a sight to see) and we meet the the whole part crew.

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