Gevaarlike, romantic Afrikaans rapper Zander Tyler, better known as Jack Parow, seems to have exploded out of nowhere and is taking over the SA rap scene, working with big names like Fokofpolisiekar, Heuwels Fantasties and Die Antwoord. Meneer Parow is spreading his dirty-and-dangerous lyrics and music to all he can.
In a recent interview Parow said that he has pretty much always wanted to rap since Std 3, after he heard Snoop Dog’s Doggy Style, and because of the rise of the Afrikaans culture coolness phenomena brought about by the many musical talents emerging from the other side of the Boerewors curtain, he can now claim it as his full-time career. “I bought that Now Monster Hits 4 and Snoop Dog’s Doggy style was on there and since then I always wanted to rap. I was in Std 3 or 4, that’s when you first decide what type of music you like. And I always liked Dr Seuss, I have always liked things that rhyme – its fun I dig it.”
Parow started out rapping in English, but quickly discovered that Afrikaans worked and sounded a lot better for him. “I rapped in English for long and then I did this song. I was with Juda from Brasse Vannie Kaap and MC Dread and everyone was rapping English cause at the time there wasn’t really an Afrikaans rap market, but we did this one track called Hard Headed Hobo, where they were the Hobos and I was tuning them as an Afrikaans Boer. And it went so easy and sounded so nice and I thought: why haven’t I be rapping in Afrikaans before?”
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Meet the legend in the Versus Tent:
Jack Parow will be the special guest in the Versus hospitality tent at Splashy Fen this year. Meet and have your photograph taken with the rap star on Friday 2 April from 13:00 – 15:00.
For more info on the Splashy programme visit: www.splashyfen.co.za