Reports coming out of South Africa say that rapper HHP believed to be one of the pioneers of the genre in that country has passed away.
Known by his moniker Hip Hop Pantsula, (real name Jabulani Tsambo) started his career in the 90’s and became one of the continent’s biggest stars, using a fusion of English and local languages to create a niche. During his career, he had eight studio albums and was working on recording a new one before his untimely death- he was only 38 years old.
At the height of his career, he recorded songs with American R&B singer Amerie, Nigerian rappers Naeto C and MI as well as many others. In recent years, however, he had struggled with depression, saying in a 2016 interview that he had attempted to commit suicide three times in the previous year.
News of his death has been received with shock by several fans and peers. Rappers AKA and Da LES have tweeted their despair to learn of his passing.
Just heard the most terrible news … another icon gone too soon. 💔
— AKA (@akaworldwide) October 24, 2018
Bad News for HIP HOP TODAY.
— Da L.E.S (@2freshLES) October 24, 2018
HHP’s death comes six months after another South African hip-hop practitioner, ProKid died as a result of seizures.