It's been a long time coming for local artistry as well as South African hip hop's sub-genre, Motswako. Pioneered by legends such as Stoan and Baphixile, Motswako was later taken to greater heights by wordsmiths like Mo'lemi, Tuks, Morafe, as well as the man of the moment, HHP. These lyricists have seen the growth of hip hop from the times when rapping in vernac wasn't the "in thing" to them finally expressing themselves in their mother tongues and, as Jabba raps, "making Tswana fashionable." HHP has been in the industry for over 15 years, with 9 studio albums under his belt and accolades in his cabinet, one would come to wonder just how he keeps going after so many years of entertainment. How, you ask? Jesus is the answer.
Jabba has throughout the years evolved in his music, later taking a short hiatus to reflect on his life and art. He now celebrates his return to making music with the official release of his anticipated EP, FGTBB (Feels Good To Be Back). The 5-track project also serves as an introduction to Hugo Flash, a young producer Jabba came across recently who is also responsible for production on the EP's lead single. Also on the feature list of two is vocalist, Tribal, who appears in Boomtown and backs Jabba's effortless lyricism with an equally impressive delivery.
Some diehard fancestors may remember Jabba's Do Not Disturb project from over 5 years ago which featured a bunch of Gqom inspired tunes like Nkaofa. With Gqom's growing popularity in today's industry, it was only a matter of time before Jabba tapped back into the sound, which he did by creating Ganda Dance. I appreciate the blend of different sounds and Jabba X' willingness to try out different sounds because it definitely worked in his favour. With that said, don't call it a comeback. You may purchase the project below: