Zander Tyler (born 22 February 1982), better known by his stage name Jack Parow is an Afrikaner rapper from Cape Town, South Africa. He is well known for his contribution to the song "Die Vraagstuk" with Die Heuwels Fantasties and performing with them at the Oppikoppi festival in 2009. He has contributed and collaborated with various other artists such as Die Antwoord.
Early life and career
Since a young age Parow reportedly wanted to be a rapper, from the instant he heard Snoop Dogg's Doggystyle.
Due to the interest and rise of the "coolness" phenomena in Afrikaans culture brought on by the many popular South African music groups, he now pursues performing as his full-time career. Parow founded his own music label, Parowphernalia, performs voice over work, appears at various sponsored events and is also an actor, most recently appearing in the 2013 Ster Kinekor comedy film Babalas as Neef alongside Ian Roberts, Norman Anstey, Fats Bookholane and Tammy-Anne Fortuin.
Jack first started rapping in English, but he soon decided that he preferred Afrikaans.
Jack Parow's growing popularity is a result of the ever-changing South African sub-culture known locally as Zef which roughly translates to common in English. In an interview on Gamestate, Parow aptly describes the movement:
Despite his decision to avoid intentional political and religious material in his performances, in May 2012 the Afrikaans-language newspaper Beeld reported that annoyed concert goers had attempted to attack Parow during his set at a music festival in the town of Newcastle in the KwaZulu-Natal province. A small group of middle-aged men took offence to Parow swearing during his performances, which they deemed to be "blasphemous". When Parow was 45 minutes into his set, the festival organisers took to the stage and removed the microphone due to security concerns.