The Big Hash on ‘young mode’ as he drops three fire sin­gles

Sunday Observer - - YOUTH SECTION - BY SIBU­SISO DLAMINI

8-year-old rap­per ‘The Big Hash’, real name Tshegetso Kung­wane, has had the kind of come-up that will in­deed IN­SPIRE a whole gen­er­a­tion.

Last year, he dropped his sec­ond project ti­tled ‘Life + Times Of A Teenage In­flu­ence’ ex­tended play record ( EP), which, to date, has more than 180 000 streams on SoundCloud. This was fol­low­ing the first one, a 10-track project ti­tled ‘The Big Hash The­ory’.

The EP has since been his rise to star­dom as weeks later, he was co-signed by Ricky Rick who brought him out for a per­for­mance at ‘Back to the City’, the big­gest hip-hop fes­ti­val in Africa. Hash al­most ma­te­ri­alised out of thin air, and has ce­mented him­self as one of rap’s most ta­lented new­com­ers.

When in­ter­viewed by the City Press, the young­ster de­scribed the per­for­mance as sur­real.

“The ‘Back to the City’ per­for­mance was sur­real. It was at that mo­ment that I took in the fact that, not only was I good enough to per­form at one of the coun­try’s big­gest hip-hop shows, I was also shar­ing the stage with an OG (Ricky). That’s a priv­i­lege I’ll cher­ish for­ever,” he says. ‘Life + Times’ is a six-track EP we have re­viewed on this very col­umn be­fore and I knew from the first time I lis­tened to it that Hash was go­ing to garn an ap­peal, al­though I have to ad­mit that I my­self couldn’t have thought it was go­ing to be this fast!

My favourite tracks on the EP were ‘Exes on the Week­end’ and ‘Anita’, which I called out to be ‘cer­ti­fied hits’. They sim­ply stood out with their stut­ter­ing drums and auto- tuned raps which made you for­get the rap­per was only 17 at the time. Also, 808 has been a very in­te­gral part of Hash’s growth as their chem­istry is out of this world.

How­ever, com­ing back to to­day’s sub­ject mat­ter, the three fire sin­gles he has dropped, namely ‘Jimmy Choos Remix’ fea­tur­ing Frank Casino, ‘Palm Trees’ fea­tur­ing Tsego and ‘Pre­tend’, I love the fact that he is back on his sto­ry­telling as he talks about the im­pact he has made in the game and what he still hopes to achieve.

Now this young­ster is hun­gry, after all, he even dropped out of high school to pur­sue his dream and one can only wish his de­but al­bum to be ti­tled ‘Young’ drops soon. To put it in own words, the ‘age is not a prob­lem now’!

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