Social media has been buzzing since news of South African rapper Hip Hop Pantsula's death surfaced on Wednesday as tributes from fans, celebs, politicians and fellow musicians flooded newsfeeds.
And while the cause of HHP's —real name Jabulani Tsambo — death has not been revealed, it has sparked a discussion about depression. This comes after multiple reports alleged that the 38-year-old rapper may have taken his own life.
HHP had previously opened up about depression in a 2016 interview with Gareth Cliff on CliffCentral.com, revealing that he attempted suicide thrice in 2015.
During the interview, HHP casually describes one of his attempts in chilling detail. (Starts 35 minutes into the interview)
"I was thinking while my policies are still active‚ let me just go out. Fifteen minutes in the car. Hosepipe‚ whatever. I’m listening to Frank Ocean in the car. I’m thinking 15 minutes, I should be done. An hour and a half later‚ nothing happens. I’m listening to the song on repeat now. I get out of the car. It’s time to take the kids to school. F***ng hell, I'm a loser," he said.