One-on-one: Rappers Wangeci and Scar Talk Linking up, Putting Their Money Where Their Mouth Is

It was just another typical day for rapper Wangeci until she heard a then little known rapper going by the name Scar Mkadinali mention her name in a viral freestyle organised by rapper Khaligraph Jones.

Hip hop name drops, in most occasions, have turned out disastrous. And for Wangechi, she really didn’t know how to react at first.

That was 2016.

Fast forward three years later, Wangechi has a new jam with Scar, and Wakadilani, a rap duo consisting of Scar and his longtime friend Domani, has established itself as a true underground hip hop king.

KenyanVibe linked with the trio recently for a one-on-one chat to understand how things added up leading to the famed “Sana Sana” collabo, their careers and investing back in music.

1.People are getting to know who scar is now. But what they don’t know is that you have been in the game for several years now.

Hahaha… That’s a good thing right? Yeah people need to know that we’ve been putting the work. We have two mixtapes out and if they have not heard them yet they don’t know what they are missing. They need to check out “Ndani ya cockpit” one and two. The best part is that Ndani ya cockpit one is available on YouTube and two is on my Mookh, Mdundo and Boomplay.

2. How did you and Domani start out and ended up as Wakadinali?

We grew up together rapping since we were toddlers, I think 2003 or 2005. From there we continued perfecting our skills, working with different producers but mostly Aress Sixty Six. From there we released Ndani Ya Cockpit one which is a street classic. We have maintained the same tempo since then and there are still more to come.

3. You guys rep Eastlands, Umoja to be specific but guys usually think you are from Kayole? Why?

Because people also don’t know we’ve lived almost each and every part of Eastlands. That’s why they link us to Eastlands instead of one particular hood in Eastlands. We lived in Kayole some time back also. Eastlando is home and we are always going to represent the East.

4. A section of Kenyans believe your songs are too violent and graphic. Is this part of your strategy?

No strategy just telling our truth. If I start talking about ballin I’d be lying. There’s nothing to smile about in the hood. Most Kenyans want to hide from what happens in society but we don’t want to hide how things are in society. As wakadinali we always keep it real.

5. Collabo with wangeci, how did this come about?

The desire to work with her has been there for the last two years and I constantly sent my tracks to her. I just kept pushing and also the fans demanded it. In fact, the fans really pushed for us to work together. So last year she sent me the beat for Sana and the verse she did on it and it was crazy. We both went hard on the track and now the fans are finally getting what they wanted.

5. Ambia wangechi kuna venye naeza taka kumjua – What did you have in mind when you said this in 2016 in that Cypher

Kwa hiyo cypher ya khaligraph jones, it went really well with the lyrics. Na pia huyu mtoto ni msafi, peng ting!!!{Loose translation: she one hot lady}

6. Now, Wangechi, What did you think of the moment you heard Scar name drop you in that 2016 Cypher?

I was like who is this guy?? I first thought it was a diss so I didn’t give it much mind until I heard the lyrics better.

7. Sana Sana was just one project. What’s in the kitchen for #SoundcloudSunday that you have been using to premier new music Wangechi. 

I’ve not yet settled on what’s next but I know it’s going to be either an album or another soundcloud EP. I now know that my fans appreciate a collection of music rather than me dropping just a single and a video.

8. Scar, the song has been pretty successful and really got you and Wakadinali brand out there. Thinking of more such collabos?

As you’ve noticed as Wakadinali, we don’t do much collabos but you never know. Anything can happen in the future and if a blessing is sent our way we cannot refuse.

9. Hardest thing in the hip hop industry right now?

We only have 3 hiphop artists that are making a living out of hiphop. Very hard and sad. The industry needs to grow so we have like twenty or 30 hip hop artists doing really good and another 100 or so artists doing not so bad. Change is coming, but still internet is everything.

10. Revolving around the same, Wangechi you splashed almost 200K to record and shoot Sana Sana. Perhaps you can break down how you hustled up the cash because this is a place many of our artists struggle. Many don’t know how to finance their projects.

Knowing the music industry and understanding the flow of money in between projects I knew I had to start thinking outside the box and setup different income streams for myself. So most of my musical projects are financed by my side gigs while my side gigs were built from money I made from music and instead of spending it I saved and invested.

But this is something I learnt three years into being a musician. I’d advice an upcoming artist to look for someone who believes in them who can come up with the money and they setup a way to reimburse that investment as they start earning money from their career.

12. Scar, It’s true younger guys aren’t getting air play as much. How are you getting your music to fans now that radio isn’t doing much.

For a lot of upcoming artists getting airplay on radio stations is kinda hard but the internet is really changing the game. Once you blow up on the internet nothing can stop you. Thank God for the internet.

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