Kenyan rapper Raj Okemwa is familiar to Kenyan Hip Hop lovers but the young Kisii rapper says that he’s still experimenting with sounds and he wants to do whatever genre of music appeals to him. Not only that, he’s also learning how to edit and shoot his own videos. Raj has played snippets to a song he has with Khaligraph, who he says he’s been trying to get a hold of for a minute. Although he won’t give any more details about the work he has done with Victoria Kimani, what I can say is that there are three songs in the pipeline.
A young entrepreneur, Raj produces his own music under his recording studio, Music Bank, which he owns with Dom. Music Bank’s doors are also open to other artists not affiliated with it.
Raj had a successful collaboration with STL on Obe Baba (Rmx), a club hit, he was amongst the pioneers of Kisii rap but music and artistry isn’t all there is to him. As you’ll discover in these 20 facts, Raj is very intelligent. As it comes with the job, Raj has lived quite a public life and not even his relationship with Dom (they have since separated) was spared. Here are some facts about Raj you may or may not have been aware of:
- Like many other producers, Raj learned how to produce music off of You Tube tutorials starting 2012.
- His real name is Rajiv, named after Rajiv Gandhi, an Indian Prime Minister who was assassinated a few years before he was born.
- He’s also book smart, having graduated from the University of Nairobi last year with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and he got straight A’s in High School at Friend’s School Kamusinga.
- Excluding a few online websites, the first interview he ever did was on Pulse Magazine back in 2012.
- He refuses to drop any names at the moment but his father is a politician.
- He claims that a cat took care of him growing up. His mother would leave him with a cat for hours so she could go to work.
- He’s a Seventh Day Adventist.
- The very first time he made money was before campus while still living with his brother. He was paid Kshs. 15,000.
- Repping Kisii, Raj calls himself “Banana boy” but he can’t stand cooked bananas. The irony!
- If you think Raj has lived in Nairobi all his life, you’re sadly mistaken. The very first time he came to Nairobi was in 2011.
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