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In Memorandum: South African Hip Hop Legend Jabulani Tsambo

The pioneer of the South African Hip Hop sub-genre Motswako passed away this weekend.

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South African pioneering musician HHP (Hip Hop *Pantsula) privately known as Jabulani Tsambo passed away Wednesday afternoon at the age of 38 from unknown causes.

*Pantsula is a tradition and dance form that originated in the black townships of South Africa during the apartheid era. It developed into a form of social commentary for South Africans and has undergone several transformations with the country’s changing political tides.

HHP is one of the pioneering artists of the successful South African Hip Hop sub-genre, Motswako. Motswako is a sub-genre of hip-hop from Mafikeng in South Africa’s North West province. The sub-genre is one of the most successful hip-hop movements in the country.

HHP successfully mixed Hip Hop and Kwaito at a time when many artists were imitating American style of rap and was one of the first South African rappers to achieve mainstream success. He paved the way for many Motswako rappers such as Cassper Nyovest.

HHP collaborated with the likes of Nas, Talib Kweli, ProVerb, Solo, & many more.

“He will deservedly go down as one of the most influential and impactful South African hip hop artists of his generation,” the minister said, adding that he was saddened by his sudden and tragic passing.” South African Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa

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Jabulani Tsambo provides inspiration to many South African artists. For many, he provided a voice of inspiration that you could do anything you set your mind to doing regardless of your circumstances.

Rest In Motswako, Jabba.

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Why 2-Chainz Turned Down Jay-Z During “Watch The Throne” Era.

2-Chainz cites “Loyalty” as reason for declining an offer from Roc Nation.

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In 2 Chainz new YouTube series #CrateTalk, he revealed that he was at one point close to signing a deal with Jay-Z. In the inaugural episode, Host 2 Chainz explained to special guest Steve Stoute how it all happened. The conversation starts at the 5:45 mark.

“Hov told me that he wanted to do business with you and you turned him down,” Stoute says

“I was already speaking with Kanye on and off,” 2 Chainz said, “While they was in Paris working on Watch the Throne, Ye would hit me the whole time talking about my mixtapes and just was speaking to me where we just built a great relationship on the phone because we share some of the same similarities, right?”

It was at this point that Jay-Z asked 2-Chainz to get on a flight to New York. 2 Chainz wanted to bring along his friend and business partner, DJ Teknikz, but the request was denied. Because of this 2-Chainz felt it was only right to decline the business meeting out of respect and loyalty to his friend DJ Tek.

No love was lost however, as the pair have been seen together on multiple occasions including the Roc Nation Pre-Grammy Brunch. On 2 Chainz 5th studio album “Rap or Go To The League” he boasts a Jay-Z sample (Lucifer) on the opening track “Forgiven” ft. Marsha Ambrosius. 2 Chainz wanted Jay-Z as feature on his new album but the timing wasn’t right. Hopefully we can get a collaboration from the two artists sometime in the foreseeable future.

 

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Rick Ross Set To Release “Hurricanes” Memoir – September 3, 2019

The highly anticipated memoir from hip-hop icon Rick Ross chronicles his coming of age amid Miami’s crack epidemic, his star-studded controversies and his unstoppable rise to fame.

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Celebrities and public figures write memoirs that detail their life stories as well as  focus on issues they may or may not be as vocal about in public. For example, Michelle Obama’s latest literary achievement in “Becoming” is a memoir of her life’s journey as well as recording artist Gucci Mane’s book “The Autobiography of Gucci Mane.”

Recording artist and businessman, Rick Ross, is the latest celebrity involved in hip-hop music to publish a memoir titled Hurricanes and it’s set to be published in autumn (US).

In a statement, Rick said, “My story has always been deeper than rap. With this book I wanted to go deeper than I ever have. I wanted to tell people about the life of William Leonard Roberts.”

“Most people know Rick Ross as a global icon, but few are familiar with his origin story. Hurricanes transcends the conventions of celebrity memoir to offer an intimate and inspiring portrait of an artist who at every turn defied the odds and continues to change the game,” added Peter Joseph, editorial director of Hanover Square Press.

The book will not shy away from the recording artists fair deal of controversy including the rapper’s past as a drug dealer and correctional officer, as well as incidents such as his seizures, celebrity feuds, drive-by shootings, and his 2015 arrest on kidnapping and assault charges.

“From the making of ‘Hustlin” to his first major label deal with Def Jam, to the controversy surrounding his past as a correctional officer and the numerous health scares, arrests and feuds he had to transcend along the way, Hurricanes is a revealing portrait of one of the biggest stars in the rap game, and an intimate look at the birth of an artist,” reads the book synopsis.

Pre-order Rick Ross’s New Book Here.

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Stream Shaggy’s New Song: “Use Me”

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It’s been a while since we last heard from legendary reggae artist, Shaggy. Today, Shaggy has released a new single entitled “Use Me.” The track comes via Lyor Cohen’s, 300 Entertainment and Brooklyn Knights Entertainment

Check out Shaggy’s new single in the stream below:

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