Pro. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

This is Why TS Records is Only Now Handing The Masters of Pro’s Albums to His Family

Great, but it still doesn't explain why this is only happening now.

During the rapper Pro's funeral on Sunday, it was announced that TS Records handed the masters of the albums Pro released under the label over to his family. This means the late rapper's family owns all the rights to the albums. TS Records, which is co-owned by DJ Sbu and TK Nciza, released Pro's third and fourth albums Dankie San (2008) and Snakes & Ladders (2011).


While a lot of fans agreed that handing the masters of the albums to his family was a great gesture, a lot of us questioned why it had to be only done after his death. DJ Sbu recently told TshisaLIVE that him handing over the masters was ubuntu.

"More than anything Pro was like a younger brother to me," he was quoted by the website as saying, "Even though I hadn't seen him face to face in a while, we still communicated a lot over the phone. We had a great relationship. Even when he moved on to start his own company and I went on to start Mofaya, we still had a great relationship. From the time that we've spent together, especially when we were working together, Pro was a wonderful human being. I only have nice things to say about him. So, I feel like this is the best thing I can do for him, for his family because his music is his children's legacy."

When asked why the label only handed the masters over now, his answer wasn't so clear. The website quoted him saying:

"The old way of doing things (in the industry is changing). For me (this move) is a game-changing move because it has never been done before. Once you and I enter into a contract, the standard practice in any business is that if I die while we are in that contract, the contract still stands."

Which still doesn't necessarily answer the question as to why he is only doing that now. He could have done it while the rapper was still alive, and it could have still been a "game-changing move."

Read: The Story of How Pro Gave AKA & IV League Their Biggest Break

the same Pro albums were also not available on any streaming sites and online stores until about a week after his passing. This, after fans had been asking why the hip-hop legend's albums weren't online while he was still alive. A lot doesn't add up here.

Pro is succeeded by his wife, Ayanda; his daughter, Nonkanyezi; his mother, Fikile; and his father, Zwelakhe Kheswa.

A tribute concert for Pro will be hosted at Zone 6 Venue, in Diepkloof, Soweto. On the line-up is the cream of the crop of South African hip-hop—the likes of AKA, Cassper Nyovest, Nadia Nakai, Stogie T, Amu, Solo, and a whole lot more will perform during the show, and all proceeds will go towards Pro's daughter's trust fund.

Listen to a 2005 Rap Battle Between Pro and Kaydo

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Influential Louis Vuitton And Off-White Designer Virgin Abloh, Dies at 41

The popular American designer had been battling a rare form of cancer in private for several years.

The fashion industry has lost a talented, unique, and boundary-pushing influence this weekend.

41-year-old designer Virgil Abloh has died after a 2 year battle with a rare form of cancer, a statement from his associates LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton said on Sunday. Abloh, founder of luxury streetwear brand Off-White, and artistic director of men's wear at French fashion house Louis Vuitton leaves his wife Shannon, and 2 children - Lowe and Grey. Chairman and CEO of LVMH Bernard Arnault said in a statement, "We are all shocked after this terrible news. Virgil was not only a genius designer, a visionary, he was also a man with a beautiful soul and great wisdom." "The LVMH family joins me in this moment of great sorrow, and we are all thinking of his loved ones after the passing of their husband, their father, their brother, or their friend," he added.

After the news broke on Sunday, Abloh started trending on Twitter, with fans of the designer remembering his influence on music, art, and fashion. The 1990s saw Abloh DJ and the creative director once told The Guardian in a 2016 interview, "When the phone is off, I play my favorite songs really loud for myself, and I'm not talking to anyone. I'm not managing anything. It's just like a time when I can listen to music… I'll be DJing after I'm done designing or doing anything else." Virgil got his hands into designing album artworks after strumming up a friendship with American rapper Kanye West before becoming the creative director of West's DONDA Creative House. More recently known for his creative streetwear brand 'Off-White' the designer became popular among fashion-conscious youngsters and will forever be immortalized.

A statement posted to Abloh's Instagram explained that "Virgil chose to endure his battle privately since his diagnosis in 2019, undergoing numerous challenging treatments, all while helming several significant institutions that span fashion, art, and culture"

Friends, fans, and colleagues took to social media to share their well-wishes for Virgil as he transitions to his next destination.



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