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Jericho, a nigga gone rogue?

Tue, 27 August 2013 00:59
by andreas kathindi


Although his shaky temperament had been evident from an early age, being arrested in his early twenties perhaps set the tone for the rest of Namibian hip hop artist, Jericho’s life.
Despite claiming to have learnt a lot while serving time in prison, the decade that followed his four-year sentence has shown the contrary.
Raised by a single mother, Jericho has five sisters, no brother. Despite his calm, humble aura at a first glance, his close friends say his fury has no bounds once he has been annoyed by anyone.
This has led him into plenty of trouble with the law, with the key - and most publicised catalyst - being his relationship with former girlfriend, Helena Ngaifiwa.
Although Ngaifiwa dropped the charges against the award-winning rapper then, the two never fully reconciled after which Jericho attempted suicide over losing Ngaifiwa.
Jericho’s latest attack was early this month against a popular entertainment personality, Webster Snewe.
Although the two were friends, their matters escalated into a court summon. The case was eventually postponed to this September following further investigations. The case will be heard in court on 4th September.
Aside from getting himself in trouble with the law, Jericho’s temper has had somewhat kamikaze effects on his career and has thus seen him lose out on several opportunities.
 Despite being its most well-known artist, Izinyoka [record label] had to let go of him after just a year on the roster because his management could no longer financially afford to keep bailing him out of trouble or deal with his violent outbursts.
After being awarded a vehicle in 2011 for winning in the Namibia Music Awards (Namas)’s Artist of the Year category, sponsors had to reclaim it because he failed to maintain its perfect condition.
His relationships with some of his close, fellow celebrity friends have been continually tested too. Damara Dik Ding, for instance, once revealed his mood becomes quite strenuous once he has consumed alcohol. As a result, nobody can no longer keep up with him.
But what’s with the anger? Has the lack of a father figure while growing up perhaps had its toll on him over the years? Even after winning over N$100 000 in prize money in 2011, the 33-year-old failed to appropriately invest in anything. Ngaifiwa once revealed the rapper spent it all on sneakers and alcohol.
Close friend and former producer, Gift, commonly known as R.U.K. says working with Jericho was a ‘rollercoaster’. For the most part, R.U.K. admits to delighting in his experience with Jericho, especially because the rapper is not everyone’s cup of coffee, particularly those who are not used to him.
“He has consistent mood swings. When he’s in a good mood, he interacts with people quite easily but that can quickly change,” says the producer.
R.U.K. describes the artist as rather sensitive and irritable when things do not go his way but is grateful to have connected with him on a level deeper than [just] music.
He describes one afternoon while at Jericho’s apartment in town as heart-throbbing. At his arrival, he was surprised to find the front door wide open, with broken beer bottles and a television set lying on the floor. There was generally an eerie air of abandonment about the place, R.U.K. says.
Decided to leave the flat, he paced down the flight of stairs towards the main entrance where he met Jericho who broke into tears and told him, between sobs, his mother had just passed away.
“Being the only son in the family, he was shaken up that he would then have to take care of his siblings,” R.U.K. recalls, adding, the news turned out to be a prank by a former lover and that the mother had just suffered a stroke, not dead.
The producer attributes his strained relationship with the rapper to alcohol, which made him once force his entry into the producer’s home where his studio was located and attempted to take his recording equipment. He, however, maintains his issues with the rapper have since been resolved.
Jericho’s easily irritable personality showed in 2011 when he interpreted fellow rapper J-Black’s generic lyrical attack on a song as a personal jibe at him. Although he confronted J-Black, the issue was ultimately resolved as a mere misunderstanding. Jericho returns to court on September 4, 2013 and if found guilty of assaulting Webster, he may face between 6 months and 2 years at the men’s hostel (jail).