Rapper Itumeleng George Tladi, best known by his stage name Tumi Tladi, passed away on Sunday, July 10, leaving the South African hip-hop scene with yet another tragedy. The rapper died early in the morning, according to a statement from the Tladi family. 30 years old was the rapper.
Tumi Tladi began his career in the entertainment industry as a dancer, and with the help of tracks like Reel It In, Basadi, and Dumelang, he ruled the hip-hop scene. He was listed as part of the 2021 New Wave on MTV Base’s SA’s Hottest MC list. He has worked with people including Tyler ICU, Moozile, Rouge, MustbeDubz, and Nadia Nakai over the years.
Strong Enough, Basadi, Burning Out, Presidential, Reel It In, and numerous other songs by Tumi Tladi made him well known. In excess of more than 30 tracks by Tumi Taldi have been released.
The Tladi family acknowledged the death of rapper Tumi Tladi on July 10 in a statement. “The family of South Africa hip-hop artist Itumeleng George Tladi today confirmed with profound sadness and loss, his untimely passing,” read the statement.Son, brother and uncle, Tumi Tladi (30) sadly passed away in the early hours of this morning (10 July 2022) in Johannesburg.”
Several of Tumi Tladi’s hip-hop peers, including AKA and Gigi Lamayne, paid the vivacious rapper tribute on Twitter.
Rest in Peace my boy. 💜 pic.twitter.com/mny240Ax7b
— AKA (@akaworldwide) July 10, 2022
The rapper alarmed fans on Sunday, June 10 just after midnight with two mysterious tweets.
Love like they are leaving tomorrow.
— Tumi Tladi (@Tumitladi) July 9, 2022
Tladi, a native of Johannesburg and the son of seasoned event promoter Peter Tladi, had his acting debut as an urban dancer in 2004 when he was just 11 years old.
Tladi was guided by Craig Bullock, the creator of Danceweb, a reputable studio located in the heart of Johannesburg, and he helped him develop his dance style. Tladi even traveled to Los Angeles, California, to appear on Willow and Jaden Smith’s 2012 single, Find You Somewhere, which was recorded there.
Tladi has always loved dance, by 2015 he had expanded into other areas of his artistic expression, such as songwriting and production. Tladi’s debut album, Written In The Stars, a 13-track effort with guest appearances from artists including Phantom Steeze, B3nchMarQ, and Malcolm B, its was published in 2017 with the help of buzz in the streets and connections in the business.
Tumi Taldi has collaborated with a wide range of well-known musicians and singers. Tumi Taldi also garnered a number of honors. When he passed away, Tumi Taldi was engaged in work on 999 Music. The course of death is yet to be confirmed in due time
His passing occurs not long after that of DJ Dimplez and hip-hop singer Boitumelo Athiel Mooi. For his contributions to local hip-hop, DJ Dimplez was well-known. He served as a mentor and helped advance several talents. He founded Johannesburg’s well-known hip-hop festival Pop Bottles and the PopCast YouTube channel.