Firstly, we’d like to thank you for the undying support you continue to show Password Crew. A couple of you have been inquiring about our future plans, of course anticipating that “We are working on an album/mixtape” response but to no avail. The fact is we are dying to make that happen but the current state of things doesn’t allow us. As you all know, none of us is originally from Cape Town but Password Crew was formed here where we were all residing at that point in time which is unfortunately not the case as we speak. Maxhoseni decided to leave Cape Town for Eastern Cape, where he currently is; JayTip is currently studying in Johannesburg and due to his busy schedule, can only devote to producing and not rapping and performing; Dilaska is still in Cape Town and is still active in the music scene – he’s still rapping, singing and producing; Sabza spent the first half of the year in Johannnesburg but is now back in Cape Town “Until further notice” (in typical Sabza fashion lol). We are going to give you a breakdown of what each one of us has been up to until now as we continue on our solo paths as we did before Password was formed. We still fam though.
Having dropped two projects in a space of two years which has helped him garner a reasonable following as a solo act, the brother carries on making more music and throwing some solid performances. Some good things have happened along his path.
Firstly, his Hipe produced classic jam, Love Song To My Rhymes got playlisted on Umhlobo Wenene FM earlier this year and is still getting some flight ’til today. A few months ago, his JayTip produced break-up tirade, Hamba off his 2012 project, “The Story So Far”, held the number one spot for three weeks on the SBIS2 Top 20 in Swaziland where he’s originally from. Earlier in 2012, he was chosen to represent UCT at The Crowning of the King of King of Street Rap hosted by Slaghuis and Driemanskap. Unfortunately his opponent from UWC never showed up so he never got to battle. He did open the show with a solid and emotional performance though. 2013 also saw Sabza branching into other fields within the game – he started writing and blogging. He’s penned articles and interviews for CHEKA Digital, Live Magazine and South Africa’s newest and fastest growing Hip Hop publication, I Speak Hip Hop mag. Not to say he slowed down on the music though. Early this year, he got featured on PTA veteran producer, Trompie‘s 1990 EP alongside reputable names in the SA Hip Hop scene such as Mothipha, Towdee Mac (Morafe), The Federation and a couple more. He also got featured on one of swaziland’s national newspapers deeming him “the ambassador of Swazi Hip Hop in SA”. His Dilaska produced and assisted I wanna be there is currently on the SBIS2 Top 20 charts. With all this momentum, he thought it was only right that he drops his first ever buy-able project, A Tale of a Village and a City due in September. Do look out.
Surely the greatest hustler in the crew, Maxhoseni hasn’t been resting at all. His accolades are really too many to mention all in one go. But hey, we can only try.
While performing around EC promoting his latest CD, Music For The Listeners, his single, Xa Ndifile is currently on high rotation on Umhlobo Wenene FM and went up to number 3 on Motsweding FM‘s Top 10 Hip Hop songs. He also made an appearance on Bay TV performing the same single while the music vid for Nyamezela (a single that made it to the number 1 spot on DJ Lab‘s Top 3 on Gagasi FM) is currently on high rotation on the same channel and made it to the number 1 spot of Top 3 EC vids. He’s done radio interviews on Ukhozi FM, Umhlobo Wenene FM, Trufm, Mdantsane FM, Vukani FM, Unitra FM and Lukhanji FM.
Live performances he’s done this year include Soul Clap Sessions Headlining Maxhoseni, iFani’s album launch in Queenstown and what’s arguably the biggest highlight of his career, rocking a crowd of 18500 heads in Joburg in Africa’s largest Hip Hop gathering, Back To The City Festival alongside the cream of SA Hip Hop acts. All this hard work doesn’t come without any rewards of course. For instance his hustle earned him the number 2 spot on ‘I Speak Hip Hop‘ magazine’s Top 5 unsigned rappers. He is currently working on his debut album due in 2014. Music For The Listeners out now, go cop it.
Our brother Jay is currently studying in Joburg and has been busy at work. Where he gets all the time, we wish we all knew. A few months ago he released the ‘Time Will Tell’ beattape and is currently working on a collaborative instrumental project with Durban-based Myndphlo, another beat maestro of Jay’s caliber. This, he does while engineering and executive producing two projects coming out under JayTip@work, his small record company, both due in September: his first born, Sabza’s ‘A Tale of a Village and a City’ and his second born, Qricha‘s ‘Death of McNerd’.
He has contributed a couple of classic beats to EC’s Joburg-based MC, Blak Suga, Joburg’s Typhus, Durban’s Hobonoid, UCT’s X The Green Panther, Khalcha’s young legend, King JNR, Joburg veteran MC, Wikid just to mention but a few. Time Will Tell beattape available for free download here:
The most dynamic member of the fam, singer/songwriter/rapper/producer, the man behind our biggest single to date, Victory, Dilaska has been hard at work (best believe). He won a lot of hearts after releasing his heartfelt single, Home, (which was played on Durban’s Gagasi FM and Cape Town’s Bush Radio) off his upcoming mixtape, ‘Suffer No More’. While recording his mixtape at his Di-Cent music studios, he takes some time to record other artists which include our brother, Sabza, Blaq Slim, Fonzo, X The Green Panther, Info Kash, Andy Mkosi, Obie, G.O (Native Refugee) and more yo! He also contributed a banger to Khalcha duo, The Gudfellaz’s ’1st Attack’ mixtape in the form of ‘S’fun’iphepha’ and a couple of classics for Sabza’s ‘The Story So Far’ in 2012 like ‘I wanna be there’ which did great on Bush radio and is currently climbing the Swazi charts steadily.
He threw a stellar performance at the Words and Beats event at Baxter Theatre earlier this year and made an appearance on Live Mag’s website on the Young People to Watch series. However, if you don’t know track Home, we have no words for you! Oh! and Suffer No More is on the way by the way!
The Best Dilaska features available for free download:
So there you have it. We may be far apart but we remain a unit. New music from us as a crew? You might hear it sooner or later or even never.
‘Til we meet again
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