Artist Spotlight: The Rise And Rise of Steph Unruly

Steph Unruly is a Kenyan recording and performing artist. Her distinctive sound effortlessly blends Afro-Swing, Grime, Dancehall, Drill, and rap influences. Through her sound, Steph Unruly has carved her niche, captivating audiences in Kenya and beyond.

Steph’s music not only showcases a rich amalgamation of genres. It also delivers clever punchlines wrapped in sultry undertones, offering listeners a perfect balance between the laid-back island life and the hyped-up energy of the city. Under her growing discography are tunes such as “On Demand,” “Marathon” and her latest release “Tek Time” among others.

The “Marathon” singer’s musical journey is as diverse as her sound. Born and raised in Kenya, she has had the privilege of soaking in the rich musical traditions of her homeland. However, her life experiences extend beyond the Kenyan borders. She spent considerable time in Mauritius, a melting pot of cultures and influences. This unique blend of backgrounds is evident in her music, where the melodies of her Kenyan roots harmonize with the rhythms of the Mauritian island life.

Steph Unruly’s musical odyssey began in the digital realm, where she first gained recognition by sharing her rap freestyles on Facebook in 2017. Her raw talent and passion for the craft garnered attention. This led her to record and release her first studio remake in 2018. Afterward, in 2019, she dropped her debut single ‘Papaya Dreams’ in 2019. This track resonated with listeners and marked the beginning of her ascent in the music industry.

In January 2020, Steph Unruly unveiled her highly anticipated debut EP, “Change.” This 7-track masterpiece was a testament to her musical evolution and creative genius. It featured a lineup of underground Kenyan producers and collaborated with rappers from Nairobi and the UK. ‘Change’ seamlessly incorporated sounds from her Kenyan, British, and Mauritian musical heritage, offering a diverse sonic experience to her audience. The EP not only showcased Steph’s lyrical prowess but also highlighted her ability to bridge cultural gaps through her music.

Steph’s talent didn’t go unnoticed. In 2021, she made history by being crowned Kenya’s first-ever ‘Drill Artist of the Year’ at the prestigious Unkut Awards, a testament to her impact on the evolving Kenyan music landscape. Moreover, she expanded her horizons by collaborating with various artists, including Trillary Banks, Ayüü, Kahu$h, BV Accurate, and Wendy Kay, enriching her repertoire and captivating a wider audience.

As we eagerly await her next musical masterpiece, one thing remains certain: Steph Unruly is a force to be reckoned with. Her journey has only just begun, promising a future filled with innovative sounds and soul-stirring lyrics.

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