South African rapper Kwesta has opened up about the emotional experience of filming the music video for the “Do Like I Do Remix” following the tragic death of fellow rapper Flabba. The remix, which was a hit in the South African hip-hop scene, was produced by DJ Sliqe and featured a star-studded lineup including the late Flabba.
Flabba, a member of the popular South African hip-hop group Skwatta Kamp, passed away before the music video for the remix could be filmed. His fellow Skwatta Kamp members had to step in for him during the video shoot. Kwesta, who was also part of the successful remix, recently shared his feelings about shooting the music video after Flabba’s untimely death.
In an interview with DJ Sbu on the Hustlers Corner Podcast, Kwesta revealed that the experience was “terrible”. The rapper also expressed his deep respect for Flabba, not just as a fellow artist, but as a person. “Flabba is the grootman I’ve always respected just as a grootman, forget the raps. I’ve always thought he was an amazing rapper, out of Skwatta Kamp my favourites were him and Bozza,” Kwesta said.
Kwesta admired Flabba’s love for his community and his authenticity. “I respected him, I respected how he loved the hood, I respected how loved beer,” he added.
The last time Kwesta saw Flabba was at the “Back To The City” event, where they were both about to perform “Do Like I Do”. A few days later, they were scheduled to shoot the music video for the remix. “That was the last time I saw him and in a couple of days, we were shooting the video of the remix. So that was terrible, it didn’t feel good,” Kwesta recalled.
The “Do Like I Do Remix” went on to be a major success, making DJ Sliqe the first DJ to win a SAMA for the Best Remix category. Despite the tragic circumstances surrounding its creation, the music video serves as a testament to Flabba’s talent and his enduring influence on the South African hip-hop scene.