We help you keep tabs of what’s hot in the music circles from the 254, here is this week’s installment.
Keeping it funky fresh, Wangechi hits the streets once again with the jam “X2″. Her previous project with Tusker is making rounds and her star is brightening. On this jam, Wangechi states “it’s a notion of the hard work I am putting into everything I’m doing. If you think you hitting the streets, I’m hard on the streets two times” and this calculation is in every aspect of her music career. X2 is a straight rap story with a candid production from Kevin Provoke. Speaking to her, she says that after receiving the beat, she took her time to vibe over it, ending up at a family vacay while thinking about it. She came back to Nairobi, wrote and recorded it in a single day. Musyoka of Decimal records lays his mix and mastering to the final output to give the jam a complete classic feel. I like the fact that she delivers with ease and poise and assuring that the jam is hot times 2.
We know him for his Sheng witticism on every jam he puts out and funny rhymes, the man is back and seems to be at war for 2017. On the track “‘Bado” Mapesa a chest thumping affair as the A1 in the 254 Hip Hop front, “Mapesa ndio kabisa” he keeps the flow sleek and lyrics references other industry cats who cannot remix his tracks. This is a perfect drive by jam and we hope Mapesa will stay afloat for the year. The video captures his hood and its antics in an interesting view.
The smooth crooner is back with another banger named “‘Skwaaad”. A vigorous banger on a high tempo beat and superb lines with the usual team is a working formula. Kagwe Mungai, Fena, MDQ and Mayonde have found the perfect chemistry and they seem to be on something. From their previous jam “Feeling it” Blinky has a signature production element and his partners are flowing effortlessly on it. This is a definite club banger and we might be looking at a successful coalition of crème de la crème artists on a path.
She is fresh off her USA Las Vegas tour, Akothee has to stay relevant with music releases and she going overboard. ‘Tucheze’ is the latest release which is produced by maestro Masterkraft from Nigeria. The Afrobeat jam has the video shot overseas is a celebration of the good life she is living. The video is crispy fresh but you might confuse it with a Diamond Platinumz video which questions her creative directions. All in all, Akothee is pushing the Afro beats card to the core!
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