||A Brief History
Thirty years ago, Zander Tyler was born in Parow, Cape Town. Today he is known as Jack Parow, the dangerous romantic Afrikaans rapper. Contrary to popular belief, his wild-fire success did not happen overnight. Jack started out rapping with crews from the Cape Flats and has been at it for nine years.
He studied to be a mechanic, but had to take jobs like packing fish in Cape Town harbour and allocated graves for the Cemetery Division of the Cape Town municipality to support his rap habit. Performing only for a beer and pizza soon changed, when his collaboration with Die Heuwels Fantasties on the track, Die Vraagstuk, put him in the limelight.
It’s been almost three years since his breakthrough in 2009 and since Jack Parow has released his first self-titled full length album that struck gold within two weeks of its release and went platinum within a year; headlined at major festivals in South Africa; toured Europe and played before packed out shows there. His music video for the hit Cooler as Ekke has over two million views on YouTube. His songs are hits on national radio stations and he has been on prime TV shows and on covers and centre-folds of publications in South Africa and in Europe.
Jack Parow’s second full length album, Eksie Ou, was released in November 2011, under his own label, Parowphernalia. This album reached Gold status in sales within four months of its release. A highlight from Eksie Ou is that the first single, Hosh Tokolosh with Gazelle, is the first Afrikaans song in the station’s history to reach Number 1 on 5FM’s Top 40. The second single from the album, Hard Partytjie Hou featuring Francois van Coke made is to Number 10 of 5FM’s Top 40, making it two Afrikaans singles to enter the Top 10 on this chart. The title-track, Eksie Ou, went on to become Parow’s second Number 1 on 5FM’s Top 40.
“...it is safe to say that he is one of the most popular artists in the country at the moment.”
Rebecca Khan – Rapport My Tyd
COOLER AS EKKE - EP
Jack Parow released an EP in December 2009. It was released on a USB flash drive in the shape of an ice-cream, and featured 10 songs as well as 6 music videos, only 600 of these flash drives were produced. They were sold out instantly.
Buy the album online at: http://www.klicktrack.com/klicktrack/releases/jack-parow/ice-cream-usb-ep?cp=162
JACK PAROW - FULL LENGTH ALBUM
The debut full length album was released at the end of April 2010. This album reached gold status within two weeks and topped the best seller charts of Musica and Look and Listen stores. The album reached platinum status in February 2011, less than a year after the album's release.
He collaborated with Francois van Coke (Fokofpolisiekar & Van Coke Kartel), Die Heuwels Fantasties, rapper JR and others on this album.
The photos on the album sleeve were taken by Sacha Waldman. He has photographed artists such as Eminem, Jay Z, David Bowie and 50 Cent.
"It's like a smack upside the head followed by the best kiss of your life. Jack Parow is a brilliant lyricist - Afrikaans or English - and his words have been perfectly set to bouncing beats." Jo-Ann King - Heat
The rapper's lyrics are so funny on the album that you want to SMS them to your friends immediately. Yvonne Beyers - Huisgenoot
Jack Parow released his eagerly anticipated sophomore album, Eksie Ou, under his own label, Parowphernalia. Eksie Ou was produced by Justin de Nobrega. Some of Parow's kiefest friends collaborate with him on this album. They are Dawid Kramer, Francois van Coke (Fokofpolisiekar and Van Coke Kartel), Pierre Greeff (Die Heuwels Fantasties), Gazelle, Haezer, PH Fat and SiboT.
SPECIAL EDITION EKSIE OU
The Special Edition boasts six brand new tracks, including the soon-to-be Christmas hit, Merry Xmas, a gevaaarlike drinking game with dice and a twelve page comic book, of course!
Parow is cool Internationally
Australian booking agent, Screaming House, as well as Dutch booking agent, Agents After All both represents Parow. In America, he is represented by Paradigm, who has Snoop Dogg and My Chemical Romance on their books.
Jack Parow completed three very successful tours to Europe last year, including show at the PukkelPop Festival in Belgium, as well as the Lowlands Festival in Holland in August 2010. He will return for another tour at the end of April 2011. Parow was hand-picked as the headlining act at the official opening party of the PUMA Social Club in Gorky Park, Moscow, Russia on 19 July 2012.
International media has picked up on this phenomenon.
He has been on the covers of Live XS (Holland) and NL20 (Holland) and was featured in Global Post (USA), BoingBoing (USA), Dazed and Confused (UK), Vice (Holland) amongst many others.
Cooler as Ekke was on rotation on MTV Europe and was featured on RTL Nieuws.nl 's (NL) Summer Hit Chart. This hit was also Single of the Week on 2voor12 radio (NL) last year. Parow's tracks have even travelled as far as WKDU 91.7 FM in Philadelphia (USA). He has been interviewed by radio stations in Germany, Belguim and Holland and was on high rotation on Radio Brussels.
Fans across the globe are learning Afrikaans because they love his music and vibe. Solid proof that Parow is world class, indeed.
Good to know
He has his own label, Parowphernalia. He released his second album, Eksie Ou, his Parow Braaisous and his iconic caps under this label.
Jack Parow will star alongside Ian Roberts, Norman Anstey, Fats Bookholane and Tammy-Anne Fortuin in the comedy Babalas, due for release in August 2013 by Ster Kinekor.
He was the host at the MK Awards 2012 and won the award for Best Hipster.
Jack Parow was the ambassador for Movember in Holland in November 2010 and was the South African ambassador for Movember in 2011 and 2012.
Watch his ad for Hunter’s Dry here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkqhK37D3zc
Parow was the face of the Pendoring Awards 2010.
A GPS with Jack Parow’s voice is available: www.gps-creative.com/products/jack-parrow.
Cooler as Ekke was play listed on 5 FM. Only Fokofpolisiekar has managed to get Afrikaans tracks play listed on this station. I miss and then Byellville were the next singles to be on high rotation on 5FM. The first single from Eksie Ou, Hosh Tokolosh with Gazelle was play listed on 5FM in December 2011 and was the first Afrikaans track to reach the Number 1 spot on the Top 40 chart. Hard Partytjie Hou ft Francois van Coke was the next hit to follow on 5 FM, with Eksie Ou to follow as his second Number 1 on 5FM.
Parow’s tracks are on high rotation on most radio stations in South Africa, including Y FM, SA’s largest Urban youth station.
Must read: www.thoughtleader.co.za/davidjsmith/2010/02/03/is-afrikaans-cooler-as-engels/
The music videos for Cooler as Ekke, Dans Dans Dans and Byellville reached No1 on MK’s Top 10.
Hard Partytjie Hou from Eksie Ou reached Number 1 on the MK Top 10 in 2012
He is scared of spiders.
What is your best attribute?
"My moustache... it's an attribute alright!"
"I never think before I speak."
Where do you get your inspiration for your lyrics from?
"Parties, drunk people, lekker cars, lekker tunes...basically anything crosses my path."
Describe the Jack Parow experience in 5 words:
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