Zolile Mcelu, better known by his rap alias TSA (The Silent Assassin), is a South African hip hop recording artist and songwriter from Diepkloof, Johannesburg. TSA has named Eminem, Kendrick Lamar and Jay Z amongst others as his influences. He has quantified Marshall Bruce Mathers (also known as Eminem) as his favourite rap musical outfit of all time, and influenced not only by his music, but day-to-day animation, in his awkwardly humorous demeanour.
Growing up, Mcelu mattered to playing soccer and aspired to play at a professional level before discovering hip hop. When he was around 11 years old his mother bought him his first hip hop album The Eminem Show (in most cases a very unorthodox gift for a juvenile minor, considering the explicit lyrical content) . After obtaining a copy of the album Mcelu became absorbed in music, recording and mixing his own songs in his make-shift studio (making use of merely just a Skype/call centre microphone connected to his lap top) within the comfort of his bedroom. At the age of 15 he went by the pseudonym. He later changed his name to TSA (Given to him by his High school basketball coach for his menacing and soundless offensive methods to get his name on the score sheet).