South African rapper Hip Hop Pantsula (HHP) has put a song together with American rap artist Nas.

The 29-year-old rapper HHP, whose real name is Jabulani Tsambowho, has set the benchmark by being the first South African rapper to collaborate with an American hip hop star. He paid Nas R100,000 (USD15,000) to rap on the song titled “Keledimo” which means half-god.

HHP has always idolized Nas and says he doesn’t regret spending the money for the collaboration because he got what he wanted. Rumor has it that Nas will be headed to South Africa next year to shoot a video for the song.

HHP’s album “Dumela”, which boasts 25 tracks, also features two songs that were recorded with multi-platinum Haitian-American musician Wyclef Jean.

In October 2009, HHP won an MTV African Music Award in the category Best Music Video for his song “Mpitse” off his current album “Dumela.”

The South African artist has performed for Oprah Winfrey, shared the stage with Snoop Dogg and featured American RnB artist Amerie in his music video “Music and Lights.” Yet with all his accomplishments he still remains humble.

HHP has been invited to tour the Bloom Bars in New York and Washington in January 2010 and has been noted as being one of the key voices in Africa for spreading positive and conscious messages to the youth.

Written by Sam Zungu

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