HHP chats about his upbringing & the politically motivated track titled ‘Pasopa’

Hip-hop heavyweight Jabulani Tsambo‚ popularly known as HHP or Jabba began his musical journey with his school friends in a group called Verbal Assassins. HHP worked closely with producer Tebogo Rameetse, and met with producer Chicco Twala to produce their debut album, 'Party'.

The band split soon after the release of the track, and HHP decided to pursue a solo career which saw the release of his next album Introduction, which was produced by singer and producer Isaac Mthethwa.

HHP says that the name Jabba came from High School because he was a big guy that had pimples.

Because I was a big guy with pimples all the black model C kids use to call me Jabba the Hutt and I didn’t know who, or what that was.

HHP, rapper

One day, we were watching TV and they pointed out who Jabba the Hutt was says HHP, he adds that Jabba was in fact some hideous creature.

HHP says that Star Wars watchers would tell him that he should take the name as a compliment. He adds that at first it was offensive, but after a while, he grew to love the name.

HHP frequently uses the phrase ‘Maf-town’ in his music to refer to his hometown, Mafikeng, which is located in the North West province.

In 2004, HHP released the album ‘O Mang’, which saw him reunite with his old school friend, Tebogo Rameetse. The remix of the track that was produced by Beatmaker earned him critical acclaim, and he was honoured in September 2007 at the inaugural Mafikeng Golden Stars Awards held at the Mmabana Convention Centre.

HHP has spoken out about attempting to commit suicide, and says that he would join online suicide assist websites to get information on the different ways to end his life.

HHP opened up about his personal struggles to Gareth Cliff as they discussed his new music video ‘Pasopa’. The radio host commented that HHP seemed like a changed man to which HHP agreed‚ explaining that 2015 was a dark year which saw him attempt to take his life three times.

I’ve always felt that as musicians, we have to be careful of not always trying to jump on the bandwagon of what’s popular.

HHP, rapper

Talking on his politically motivated track called ‘Pasopa’, HHP says that he wasn’t actively involved in the student movement. He adds that he left the movement to the students to sort out.

I was an ex Wits student myself, and I know the feeling of leaving school says HHP, he adds that he understands how it feels like leaving school, and not paying school fees.

HHP says that things changed when he was working in the studio and received a call from his little cousin. He adds that she informed me that the cops were shooting at their school.

She gave me a recollection of everything that was happening during the protest says HHP. What made we angry was that students were burning the Science labs.

HHP says that historically, the University of the North West was built by the community.

I told them that guys, this is a song that is not going to play on radio, we are deliberately making this for the people’s ears to let them know that we understand what’s going on.

HHP, rapper

We did the song and a week later I rallied the students at the University of the North West in an attempt to unite them says HHP.

Click on the link below to hear the full interview…


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