Veteran South African rapper Ben Sharpa died this morning at age 41 after being hospitalised for complications with diabetes. Sharpa was prominent in the mid-2000s in the local hip hop scene.
His music touched on social and political issues in country. His album B. Sharpa, released in 2008 was well acclaimed. The album was released by Cape Town based indie label Pioneer Unit. From B. Sharpa was the massive street hit "Hegemony". In it the artist rapped about police brutality.
In his prime, Sharpa toured Europe extensively. He performed at festivals such as Rio Loco (FR), Riddim Collision (FR), Paleo (CH), Glastonbury (UK), Dour (BEL) and Extrema (NL).
In 2012, he released an album called 4th Density Light Show (4DLS) with the production duo Pure Solid.
The South African hip-hop community is mourning the passing of the legend.
— Chief Rocka (@P_Kuttah) July 26, 2018
Damn b, rest in eternal music Ben Sharpa✊🏾
— SlikourOnLife (@slikouron) July 26, 2018
Woke up to the news my brother @bensharpa is dead.
— Rob Boffard (@robboffard) July 26, 2018
Here is what we lost. https://t.co/Z1DK5okibf
Just heard sad news about the death of one of the best to ever do it, one of the pioneers of SA Hip Hop, all time fave; Kaptin my Kaptin Ben Sharpa is no more 😭😭😭🙆🏾♂️🙆🏾♂️ RIPBenSharpa pic.twitter.com/BdI426acVv
— Luthando Sigubudu 🇿🇦 (@SgubzSigubudu) July 26, 2018
— Govan Whittles (@van1go) July 26, 2018
WHY THE LEGEND GOTTA DIE WHILE THE TRAPPERS MULTIPLY?? pic.twitter.com/qw8T3bFiJk
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