The Shuffle: Remembering M.I’s “Super Human” featuring Late South African legend, HHP

In memory of Hip Hop Pantsula, HHP

As one of the few Nigerian artists to have worked with the late HHP, the legend of M.I’s second Illegal Music, instalment will perhaps be told as more stories like this unfold.

Earlier today, news of South African rapper, Jabulani Tsambo who was also known as Hip Hop Pantsula passing became public news. The details of his death are still unknown although there are speculations suggesting the rapper may have finally given up his long publicly-documentedΒ battle with depression.

On M.I’s “Super Human”, HHP takes the first verse following a spoken word sample intro by Malcolm X. Though the track flirts with spirituality, its central message borders around motivational musings for the black man to get up and chase his dreams. “I’m trying to make to make a promise/ to my conscience/ that as long as long as I live, I’ll be making music that gives you people the answers”, HHP raps on his verse.

In the light of the rapper’s recent passing, there has been an outpouring of support to his estate from famous South African rappers like AKA, Casper Nyovest and Nasty C amongst others who he has inspired. We hope more than anything that HHP found some of those answers for himself during his time on earth.

Stream “Super Human” here:

Correction: An earlier version of this story said M.I is the “only” artist to have worked with HHP. This is an updated version.