TOP 5 KENYAN HIP HOP RAPPERS, A RESPONSE TO GHAFLA!

Yesterday, Kenya’s pioneer entertainment website and East Africa’s leading online site did an article about the Top 5 rappers in Kenya. Okay, for a minute they had me going, till they said that Jay A is not on the list because he had recorded a certain song with a production house that is not Hip Hop. I expected Africa’s leading Hip Hop site, carlthatruth.com to respond but since they are not yet back online, I will take this opportunity to defend Hip Hop. For starters, never mention Jay A in any Hip Hop list, he is not any where close to that. Secondly, Ghafla is no longer a music site, they are more of a business franchise, which I can’t blame them since bills (and Uncle Chim) have to be paid, and writing about music and broke rappers all day will not carter to that. Now onto matters that actually resonate, the list put up by Ghafla should have been titled Top Five Mainstream Rappers in Kenya. When it comes to Hip Hop, noo son, you aint got your facts right. You can’t mention Kristoff, who was recorded live in a Capital FM cypher revising his written rhymes, alongside Octopizzo. That is an insult son. Without further ado, here is the real deal. Keep your mouth open coz you will need that air.

5.  SCAR.

Kenyan Hip Hop is more leaned to the Swahili language and Sheng and most successful artist locally are the ones who embrace this languages. Go ahead name whichever you wanna. Scar is part of the group Wakadinali and as the group name suggests, they are out to preach that pure Hip Hop. The guy has BARS and punchlines! Coincidentally, he is signed to BigBeats Afrik, the same label that houses Kaligraph Jones. Get with the program.

4. JULIANI

Anyone who knows anything about Hip Hop, especially the Kenyan one will tell you that J is one of the realest lyricist in the game, whether Gospel or just pure conscious music, trust this brother to deliver the truth. I give it to Ghafla for at least getting that right

3. VIRUS

Formerly Octopizzo’s right hand man, this the realest shit (pun intended) to come from Kibra. The dude got his freestyle game on lock. Any day, anywhere, anytime, Virus will battle your favorite rapper and he will win the battle. Ooh yes he will. Virus has got that raw, street, gutter flow and lyrics that only real Hip Hop heads like @JichodaDog will understand.

2. KALIGHRAPH JONES

Well, nothing more to be said about the K to the J.  If you haven’t yet heard of him, kindly get out of the cave you are living in my guy. Prowess aside, he is one of the artists I believe will put our image on the Hip Hop map internationally. Lest I forget, that diss track to Octopizzo was the most foolish thing he ever did. I interact with artists  all around Africa and right now, Zimbabwean MCs are destined to take over the African rap scene.  Why? Because they are united. I was more disappointed that ProVoke, one of the illest producers right now, was also amused by the move. Wake up guys, there are bigger battles to fight, we need Grammys.

1. KING SHUKID

You wondering why he is King? well, I can’t help your ignorance, Google was created for your lot. Whenever there is a Hip Hop argument and this guys name doesn’t pop up, I always die a small death. I mean, for how long will you dimwits sleep on the kid? Here is the deal, remove the dirt off your ears and get some Shukid on that whack playlist of yours. Just a single play and you will be hooked. The brother has THAT Hip Hop attitude that will get Dr. Dre reconsider working with Em’. From being part of Nairobi’s nightmare Coola Gang, Shukid can comfortably hold his own.

0. WANGECHI

Well, under the mentor-ship of provoke, we are witnessing one of the greatest artist to emerge yet from the Kenyan scene. She is the only lady worth being in the group as she brings something unique to the table. That ol’ skool we used to cherish so much from the Lost Boyz may soon be part of our playlist if she continue on the same path. Wangechi is destined for the world stage honestly. That is why she is among the Kings.

Kenyans, if we need to bring that Grammy home, then y’all should reevaluate your priorities as far as music is concerned. Switch whatever is on your playlist and for Christ’s sake, get out the comfort zone and listen to something new. Be open to new sound too. Challenge the deejays and presenters to play you something new. Deviate from the norm damnit!!

Follow @weafrican

Advertisements

26 thoughts on “TOP 5 KENYAN HIP HOP RAPPERS, A RESPONSE TO GHAFLA!

  1. I’ve been browsing online more than 4 hours today, yet I never found any interesting article like yours.
    It’s pretty worth enough for me. In my view, if all site owners and bloggers made good content
    as you did, the internet will be much more useful than
    ever before.

  2. They all earned their ranks…bt the new niggas on the block yount Terror Gang will take over…blogger.,look out for us

  3. Well…we both agree Jay A doesn’t belong here, n neither is Abbass n Kristoff. But dude, honestly u r quite rude! What the hell is that tone for? U r not fighting with ya readers, are u? Tone down, brother!

    • LOL, Hey Brian. Thanks for readership. This was a while back… Hope you enjoy the rest of the Blog. And much appreciation for the comment kaka. Advice taken.

  4. Dope list! …thot i was the only one who dimmed Khali’s beef ish is childish and uncalled for inspite of his 5 reasons for the diss join’. I wish not to analyse my reasons. Peace!

  5. Pingback: #WhoIsKing? The Crowning We Missed… | All Around Africa!

  6. NIGGA KUWA TRUE I GUESS PIA WEWE UNAITAJI KUTOA UCHAFU KWA MACHO NA MASKIO…LISTEN TO RAP MUSIC NOT JUST MUSIC…THEN UTAPOST SOMETHING RELEVANT PLEASE…NKT!! ATI SHUKID,VIRUS…

    • Why do you sound hurt? Do you need a hug? Problem with your ilk is that Holier than though attitude. How about starting your own blog and creating your damn list?

      • we are in 2016 but your making my day by just reading this has made my morning. On the uniting part we need that like ASAP if we are gonna bring that grammy home. Thanks men

  7. I personally think there is an ultimate kenyan rapper who’s living in the streets of nairobi, well, the boy is a genius, no comment there, he’s not educated but he kind of knows his way around computer programming and such stuff, he writes his own rap and raps explicitly in pure american style english, he has a variety of styles, ranging from the lil wayne style to busta rhymes styles of rapping. I thing somebody should try and help the boy out. If africa wants a grammy badly for the most talented kenyan rapper ever. He’s a survivor too, cause he just realized eating dogs cuts the costs. I’m not in any position to help him out but you can call or text me on 0710869343 if you need to believe and call(you know kenyans).

  8. i can tell, you lack taste when it comes to HipHop. you should know hiphop is not about rhyming but rhyming in the confines of sense(creativity muhimu) with that said i prescribe the cure below
    20.Octopizzo
    19.wangeshi
    18.Odinare
    17.Nazizi
    16.Moroko
    15.Virusi
    14.Vioxii
    13.Gadi moja
    12.Zakaah/Rabbit(hii ni tie)
    11.kantai
    10.mc mutant
    9.E-sir
    8.nyashinski
    7.Chiwawa
    6.bamboo
    5.kamaa kshaka
    4.Khaligraph
    top three with no particular order(its hard to tell who is 1st 2nd or 3rd)
    ~Vigeti
    ~Abbas
    ~Kitu Sewer

    • Thank you Mego, you have given us a full list! Blessings. Worth noting is, tastes and preferences are simply opinions, we don’t have to agree with another persons’ choices, right?
      By the way, would you like to compile a list of your favorite songs by the artists above and make it into a post we can publish here? That would be really awesome man.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s