Tha Hymphatic Thabs
Real Name – Thabiso Mohapeloa
Profile – Tha Hymphatic Thabs
Hometown – Maseru, Lesotho
Record Label – Taste Buds Records, Iapetus Productions
Influences – Life
Current Location – Johannesburg, South Africa
Tha Hymphatic Thabs embodies the evolution of hip-hop music in the South African Hip Hop movement. Thabs’ journey into hip-hop began around 1994 when he was in junior high in Maseru, Lesotho. As an extra-ordinarily talented word-mangler that had roblems with authority & the system he was moved from Lesotho to Johannesburg where he was exposed to and influenced by the steady rise of the Jo’burg hip hop movement.
He later became one of the most influential contenders in the underground hip hop scene winning multiple awards including ‘Album Of The Year’ – Hype Awards (2007) for his album, “The Age Of Horus”. He was nominated for ‘Lyricist Of The Year’ – Hype Awards (2008).
Thabs’ first album was independently
produced, marketed and distributed. It was a personal journey of discovery, a time of experimenting and learning. His second release which came out at the end of 2003 is ironically titled “Perfect Times” although it is very experimental in style and explores the state of our society, reflecting nothing but perfect times.
Through unique and cinematically gripping music videos, he has taken the South African underground hip-hop scene to another level. Using socially conscious rhymes with an experimental sound and comical presentation. Hymphatic Thabs gives a light feeling to an otherwise seriously deemed life that most South Africans are faced with.
His latest offering The Age Of Horus” is no different in his adamant social commentary spoken through poetic and rhythmical staccato but what distinguishes it from his other previous releases is that, here Hymphatic explores music as a whole and is not restricted to the rules of the genre but challenges the boundaries and creates a new texture to the sound of South African hip-hop.
Since his introduction into the market, Thabs has shared stages with many local and international performers like Jonzi-D, Tumi, Wordsworth, Afrika Bambaataa, Black Thought, Jabu Khanyile, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Thandiswa Mazwai, The Last Poets and many more, proving his versatility as an emcee.
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