Kansoul & Migos – 80% match
Kenyan Hip Hop fans think that Migos fans are indentured to the idea of ironic fulfillment while in fact they are completely wrong.. And here’s why. There is something called Trapping perspective. It is affected by culture. We love Kansoul because their music is within the frames of Kenyan popular culture. Kansoul traps like Migos making kenyans trap lovers and Migos haters indentured to outmoded ideas of artistic credibility whereas we love the popular anthems by Kansoul such as Mabega & Dabotap. Quavo Ni Mejja.
Ace Tha Don & Royce Da 5’9 – 99% match.
We’re talking the raw and always lyrical Royce da 5’9, his impeccable flow… Scratch that. If you are familiar with Royce, you’d know that lyrically and as far as flow is concerned, this guy is a fucking animal.
I have grown accustomed to the speedy growing Kenyan rapper Ace Tha Don a lyrical murderer. Ace on The Mic… Is a spitting image to Royce signature rapping style.
You didn’t think a Kenyan could seamlessly articulate a coherent English rap verse.. Did Ya? Well in Ace Tha Don’s case rarely will you find the Alpha star slip-up in his Rhymes.
Khaligraph Jones & Twista – 60% match.
Something notable about Jones and Twista is their menace voices and signature chopper style. Twista is a chopper by birth. He holds the Guinness World Records of the fastest rapper able to pronounce 598 syllables in 55 seconds.
Guys say nobody could keep up with such but we’ve gotta give credit when its due to our man Khaligraph Jones for not biting his tongue while ripping verses… This guy is a beast when it comes to delivery. He is Kenyan. The Kenyan Twista who has set the pace for the quick chopping in the 254 rap scene.
Poppa Don & Ice Cube – 70% match.
Minus the Gangster rap and rudeness, Ice Cube found his match in Kenya.. Poppa Don Dulo the Kenyan rapper with the most powerful lungs using Ice Cube’s forceful and aggressive manner of rap to touch on non-retributive acculturation.
I think its Genius to juxtapose Ice Cube and Afrolyricism because it elucidates a more individualistic tangibility that is forceful and relatable.
Like some non-congenial twins, Ice Cube is inclined towards the profanity heavy proficient lyricism while Poppa Don towards the foundational ethos of Hip Hop like contextualizing the struggle of fighting your way up the ladder of success.
Shukid & Ace Hood – 75% match.
I have a tendency of growing fond of people who work hard to impress their fellow beings. This dude Shukid is one serious dude who puts all he’s got into a song. His style is ethereal making him among the uniquest talents that Kenya’s got. Quite poignantly, Ace Hood is more rookie than Shukid.
Their matching comes from their anti-based music that is easily tolerable, an art designed to last the test of time.
Ace Hood raps in a manner resembling the piano hammers striking strings and rebounding myogenically while Shukid’s rap is like a bullet ricocheting on infinite surfaces. This rapper is so G.O.A.T its hard not to sound cheesy.
Abbas Kubaff & The Game – 80% match 10% ya kubonda.
Game is so OG that he could decide to knock me out for describing him in my article. Something very few writers do. His style is Hardcore Gangsta rap without the aggression, maintaining a thug demeanor and an aura of fuck you insensitivity.
Just like Game, Abbas is rarely seen smiling in pics. Kariobangi South has a very high crime rate like COMPTON.. Game’s origin.
Abbas style infuses some scissor-like flow with hooks half-delivered and short lines and verses.
The Game is Road man while Abbas Ni mtu wa mtaani.
Octopizzo & Lil Wayne – 75% match.
Emceeing is an art, rather the ability to leave your listeners jaw-dropped from beguiling harrowing lines impossible to forget. The wordplays from Octopizzo and Lil Wayne are impossible to forget. These two rappers occupy a niche of carefree rap, no too much focus on flow because they toasted and enchanted their music.
Octo continues to rep and show intellectualism by coining Sheng’ puns and Portmanteaus.
King Kaka & J Cole – 90% match.
Yeah, this is in fact two well established artists, that manage to surprise listeners in a new way. The close to accurate match of Cole and Rabbit got me ecstatic.
Both rappers appropriate poetry married with culture and social commentary in their tracks as a springboard to deeper truths about society.
If you are a normal human being you will relate to tracks produced by the two rappers especially King Kaka who like a DJ adeptly marks witty sayings of a precocious wise man’s mind.
Cole & Kaka carefully rework the clichéd language of freedom in your own music (Swahili Shakespeare) and an artist’s pontificate strategy.
STL & Azealia Banks – 85% match.
Banks is a stylish vocalist while STL is an appealing blend of cultured rap with occasional foray into English & accented Kikuyu. Both combine styles experimenting often fast paced hard core rap and remarkable flow with crisply delivered lyrics, somewhat in the female comfort zone.
Did I touch on their in touch with their feminine sides aspects. Like some sort of sexiness awareness and Nobody’s fucking with that inner strength and delicateness attitude.
Kayvo K Force & Pusha T – 66% match.
Kayvo K Force is the King of HardCore Hip Hop in Kenya, Probably the last Kenyan artist directly influenced by Gangsta rap. He is generally characterized by gritty confrontation while maintaining a cool demeanor in a Conservative Kenyan Society.
He delivers it all out with no sweeping under the carpet or sugarcoating, in a very hard manner.
His voice is similar to Pusha It’s though their subject matter is completely different.
K Force Namba Nane.
Xtatic & Tink- 95% match/ Xtatic & Missy Elliot.
It is completely right to compare our favourite FemCee Xtatic to Tink, in fact you could easily fail to decipher who it was rapping on Radio.
Xtatic is more of a lively liberal Hip Hop artist incorporating wired music like Jazz and poetry to her rap. Her twin on the other hand is more of grim and ominous inviting complex emotional issues over trap influenced beats. Bam I officially taught you how to decipher.
Ukoo Flani Mau Mau & Bone Thugs-n-Harmony – 60% match.
Ain’t you feeling this section or Naah. If someone lied to you that Ukoo Flani has ever won a Grammy you would completely fall for it. They are Kenyan rap legends. Respect them to pave way for greatness.
There is this completely baffling manner of them giving a pep talk on beats then shifting to a melodic flaccid hook.
Like Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Ukoo Flani have the lethargic attributes of melodic rap. Their canon revolves around ghetto poetics & support for class struggle.
Ukoo Flani Mau Mau are acutely eligible for a Grammy Award.
Kristoff & Wale – 70% match.
If you overlook Wale’s sorta laziness/draggy voice, Kristoff has his alter ego. Ignore the Swahili from Kristoff and you will notice Wale’s go go style of a more raw percussion-driven offshoot of disco. Kristoff’s Kapuka is different because he produces a connected contemporaneous sound precisely intertwined with an alien level of local rhyme.
Kalimani Tha Mc & BIG K.R.I.T – 57% match.
BIG K.R.I.T is one of those rappers with ethereal tracks that you do not want to over listen in order to maintain their incantation hypnotic effect every time you play them. Refreshingly enough, Kalimani Tha Mc has managed to endear himself to the Kenyan Hip Hop audience in this manner.
I was beating up myself on who could match him up and KRIT came in handy and fitted the shoe. They both have some sort of incorporation of country rap and shifty styles from alternative to Hardcore Hip Hop.
Victoria Kimani & Tinashe – 90% match.
Tinashe Kachingwe is a Zimbabwean by default while Victoria Kimani is from Kenya making them Two East African Femcees representing from Diaspora. Tinashe combines urban, rhythmic and pop, with influences from indie, alternative and Hip Hop music while Victoria Kimani is more of Afrobeat inspired by RnB, her great vocals juxtapositioning with a Nigerian accent.
Collo-Mr. Majale & Kendrick Lamar
Personally I think that Collo is one of the most awfully wasted talents. He’s got potential stretching back to ‘Kaningekuwa msanii’ and mentoring Camp Mullah and also an opportunity of blowing up maard as Africa’s greatest Emcees.
His pied piper effect in music is achieved by His use of comic, superior phonology and the obvious. He simply has an eye for the obvious. Rather a voice.
Kinda like Kendrick Lamar’s free-spirited nature don’t you think?
Kalamashaka & Niggas Wit Attitude – 100% match.
In the beginning there was the N.W.A inclined towards the profanity heavy subgenre of Hip Hop replete with gritty depictions of crime and gang lifestyles that favoured themes and uncompromising lyrics offering stark descriptions of violent, inner-city streets.
Translate N.W.As tracks to Swahili & Sheng and we give you something close to K Shaka. They were like a new breed of colonialism transplanting N.W.As styles & appropriating them to create a distinct genre.
Till the day Juliani reclaims himself he will remain being Meek Mill. Those who do not live under a rock know what I mean.
Sadly, In the Kenyan Rap Scene , we lack Nas, Kanye West & Travis Scott.
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