Latest #KEHipHop Round Up

  1. Nairoberry || G’Zay x Poppa Don

When the first edition of UnKut the Cypher happened last year, Liberian-Kenyan based rapper Lincoln Hopkins took shots at a Kenyan rapper named G’Zay because he had said something about West Africa. More than 6 months later, G’Zay puts his response on a song called “Nairoberry”, a collaborative effort between himself and Poppa Don. “How they hating when they can’t come near? How they hating when my belly bigger than they career?” G’Zay raps. Asked if he was trying to ignite beef with Lincoln, G’Zay stated that he doesn’t “bite into beef”. “I really put what I feel into my music. I felt like addressing it. I ain’t got nothing but love for all these rappers and artists. I want us all to win.. You feel like taking shots? It’s cool…I may or may not address it,” he explained.

“111 Karen Ngong’, it’s the real dons of the business,” G’Zay finishes off the song. I think this was a shot aimed at Ace Tha Don whose slogan is “Don of the business”.

If something big does come out of this, I’ll be following it all the way. I’m a sucker for Hip Hop drama as long as it keeps people cooking up new music. Don’t judge me.

  1. Mat za Ronga Video.

When Tunji released Mat Za Ronga, it caught on fast. We gave you some of the behind the scenes clips from the video shoot and last week, he finally dropped the video. Directed by Richie G assisted by Ivan Odie, the video has added more fuel to Tunji’s fire, garnering over 20K views in just 6 days. Khaligraph Jones also seems to be enjoying the song like the rest of us as he’s posted videos of himself rapping along to the track on his Instagram.

  1. Baddest B*tch in Africa || Yviona ft. Haze.

Fast rising female rapper and singer Yviona also finally released the video to Baddest B*tch in Africa, the remix to Coolest Kids in Africa by Davido and Nasty C who Yviona completely adores. In this remix, she featured Haze who’s also a respectable rapper in Hip Hop circles around Nairobi. Yviona’s outfits were on point, her confidence on steroids but the quality of the video was poor. Not a bad attempt for a first timer. There’s definitely lots of room for improvement.

  1.  He’s Dope || Shukid

After being quiet for a while, Shukid decided to put his voice back into the game with He’s Dope, a freestyle over Drake’s Free Smoke beat on his latest album, “More Life”. Shukid said that when he heard the original track he liked Drizzy’s flow on the beat which led him to writing his own version. On this record, Shukid infuses more Swahili into his raps which the fans seem to love.

  1. I Grind || Timmy Blanco

If there were any doubts about Timmy’s versatility as an artist, he shut everything down when he released “I Grind”. Timmy raps over afrobeats infusing some patois in his raps. The result is nothing short of great as he talks about trying to get to the money so that he can take care of himself and his family as well.

  1. Fika Bei || Kid Willy ft. Kayvo Kforce

Produced by 254 CMG, Fika Bei is about not falling short. It’s basically a flex track. Both Kid Willy and Kforce brag about being all extra because they “fika bei”. Download the track here.

  1. Forget || King Kaka ft. Tokodi

Adopted from French Montana and Swae Lee’s Unforgettable, King Kaka cries over love gone sour in “Forget”. The mellow beat is balanced out perfectly by Pascal Tokodi’s smooth vocals. King Kaka and Pascal have worked together before on Milele. The video stars the beautiful Joyce Maina. Chah Chah Rich, Urban Scorch Records, produced the track.

Lover of Hip Hop, content creator and presenter at Homeboyz Radio, blogger, host of Industry Nite red carpet interviews, podcaster (RK Podcast with Kevin Grands) freelance writer for KenyanVibe.