Jaytip is a South African-based rapper/producer who released his beat-tape entitled “Time will tell” for free on 16th June (Youth Day in South Africa). We chopped it up with him during his downtime to discuss a couple of things. This is what transpired.
Who is Jaytip?
JayTip is a music producer who hails from KZN, Esikhawini and whose strengths are chopping samples and bass-lines; that is as far as beat making goes. I am also the founder of JayTip@Work productions which is home to Sabza and Qricha. All in all, JayTip is Thembelani’s alias.
You are from the KZN in South Africa. Can you paint a picture of how it was growing up? What forms of music were big then?
I grew up in Jozini, Northern KwaZulu Natal. I used to stay with my grandfather who was a big fan of Maskandi music. My father used to own an organ, and was a Derrick Ndzimande and Jimmy Swaggart big fan. With that said, gospel and maskandi were big then. However, my move to Esikhawini in 1996 exposed me to house (DJ Glen Lewis’ Mid Tempo) and kwaito (M’du, TKZee, Trompies, etc). That was before hip hop took over in late 1998.
In a way, yes it has influenced the type of sounds I choose when I make beats, like the organ, toms, congas, and flutes. And also the types of melodies I work with as far as vocals go. Is’cathamiya influenced my vocal mixing; it’s something I was not aware of until I recorded a gospel group.
Sabza (Swaziland), Qricha (Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa), Maxhoseni (Eastern Cape, South Africa), Blak Suga (Eastern Cape/Johannesburg, South Africa), Hobonoid (Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa), Hope40Mill (North West, South Africa), UCT Hip Hop Club and many more.
Do you see independent artists in South Africa making it beyond their immediate circles? What, in your experience, does it take for independent artists to make it? Are there any examples in South Africa you can offer?
Independent artists are actually making it beyond their immediate circles, the problem is them getting paid. If you are an artist and you are serious about your art, patience and persistence is all it takes for one to make it. Another thing is that artists must learn to take criticism; not all critics are “haters”. Khuli Chana did it.
What is your latest project “Time will tell“ all about?
Time will tell is about me showcasing what the streets have taught me. I did not use any samples because I felt like it’s about time I put to test my musical skills. It’s an offering, and the feedback has been amazing, it’s humbling!
Why should people listen to your music? Why should we care?
I put in work, and pay attention to the quality. My music (beats) speak to you. If you have noticed, it’s got a lot of emotion. It’s the type of music that allows you to think and put things into perspective. That being said, for the record, I also make happy songs. People should care because I am one of their own, and I produce quality.
What were the last five African hip hop songs/albums you listened to?