Story by: ShabZi Madallion
Johannesburg: This Emcee is no stranger in the hip hop scene of South Africa, We first saw him on a hip hop reality show called “The Hustle” which aired on Vuzu back in 2015 were he made it to the second spot after being chosen from thousands of hopefuls who went to audition for the show, Khuli Chana, AKA and Tumi Molekane were the hosts and judges of the reality show.
ShabZi Madallion, real name Mpho Rampedi, is a hip hop artist based in South
Africa’s economic and cultural hub Johannesburg. He was born in the province of KwaZu-
lu-Natal with his roots anchored in the picturesque Limpopo province.
ShabZi began his musical career in 2003 and has since continued, his artistry stretches far
beyond just music, he also engineers, mixes and masters his own records and is slowly
entering the acting space with a couple appearances on Supersport and KFC commercials.
On stage, he’s an electrifying performer who is able to weave music, dance and the spoken
word into an unforgettable experience, with Back 2 The City 2017 being the biggest stage
that he has graced thus far.
Madallion as he’s affectionately known in social circles is also a ‘Sound Engineering’ gradu-
ate from the continents premier sound engineering school “The Academy of Sound Engi-
neering”. In addition, he also holds a diploma in Business Management & Entrepreneurship.
He released his first major project titled “Mad Lion EP” in 2014 which includes his popular
single “Mad Lion” which continues to enjoy airplay on one of South Africa’s biggest music
video channels “Channel O”. ShabZi later released more singles like “In My Zone” where he
collaborated with the legendary songstress Pebbles.
This was followed by a number of other notable offerings such as “Insane” (EP) in 2016
which includes the popular singles “Dalli’s Out” and “We All Smoke” which continues to
enjoy airplay on regional and national radio stations such as “5FM” and his latest project
‘’SOUL’’ which features a household name such as singer/producer Kabomo.
SOUL also has a host of international production credits from the likes of Chloe Martini (Poland,
Warsaw) ,CBR (France) ,Khadisma (United States, LA) and Grillz (France, Lyon) to name but a few.
ShabZi enjoys thousands of hits/plays on numerous digital platforms with records such ‘’Oh
My Gosh’’, ‘’Truth’’, ‘’Real Life’’ and others. His digital footprint ranges far beyond his own
platforms with guest appearances on Hip Hop Live SA, Hip Hop Galaxy ZA and a memora-
ble interview on Slikour Onlife’s Balcony Interview, the biggest honour one can get as hip
hop artist in South Africa in the digital space.
One of his many notable achievements include being the runner up of the debut instalment
of Vuzu’s hip hop reality TV show ”The Hustle”. In the show, ShabZi outshone a total of 19
contestants over a gruelling 10 weeks of a non-stop showcasing of creativity and skill. Upon
completion of the competition he released the fun, yet thought provoking single titled “Oh
My Gosh” where he worked with award – winning South African producer – PH.
ShabZi’s latest singles “VIEWS” and “Enslaved God“ which also premiered on Kid Fonque’s
Selective Styles show on 5FM, continue to entertain audiences as he works on his next
major project which is yet to be announced.
As an artist dominating various social platforms, he has garnered an impressive fan base
which spans across the globe. He believes that music is meant to encourage, entertain and prompt people to reflect on and their reality.
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