Renowned Kenyan rapper Octopizzo has weighed in on the state of the Kenyan music industry, expressing his belief that many artists are struggling due to their pursuit of clout instead of prioritizing their craft and personal development.
In a recent interview with Nairobi News, Octopizzo emphasized the importance of maintaining privacy and focusing on music production and career advancement. He highlighted the distractions and pitfalls of seeking fame without considering financial stability and long-term success.
“Being private gives me peace since this generation has a lot of sideshows, and after I realized that sideshows will never pay anyone, I decided to stay low-key,” Octopizzo explained.
He emphasized that the relentless pursuit of fame often leads to neglecting income generation, which can result in Kenyan artists becoming burdens to their communities and suffering from depression due to social media pressures.
Octopizzo emphasized his commitment to prioritizing his music career as a professional endeavor, dedicating specific hours to studio sessions and setting boundaries on his work hours. “I want people to see music first when they see me and not any other thing,” he stated.
The rapper’s disciplined approach includes limiting work activities beyond 6:00 pm, except for scheduled performances, and reserving studio time from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm. Afterward, he prioritizes spending quality time with his family, maintaining a healthy work-life balance.
“Typically, I don’t work beyond 6:00 pm unless there’s a scheduled performance. I reserve studio bookings from 8 am to 6 pm. Afterward, I prioritise spending time with my family once I return home.”
Octopizzo’s perspective sheds light on the challenges facing Kenyan artists and underscores the importance of focusing on music production, personal growth, and mental well-being amidst the pressures of the entertainment industry.