The question of who is among the Top 10 Best Kenyan Rappers has always been up for debate but we promise to settle this here. With the fresh new wave in the Kenyan industry known as Gengetone, we have some new names that have made it to our Best Rappers in Kenya list. Here are the Best Kenyan Rappers in 2020.
10. Steph Kapela
As one of the most versatile artists in the rap game, Steph Kapela comes through with fire vocals and is also a songwriter. With only 7 songs and a couple of collaborations, Steph Kapela has made it to our list and is one of our favorites.
Steph Kapela songs have a little bit of everything in them, from Rap, Singing, trap and even soul, amazing right? Steph is super talented.
9. King Kaka
Born Kennedy Ombima, King Kaka is a renowned rapper, songwriter and Businessman. King Kaka has been in the Rap industry for a very long time and has brought up other artist and given them a platform through Kaka Empire. King Kaka was born on 7 May 1987.
King Kaka’s successful hit song is known as ‘Dundaing’ which has over 4 million views on YouTube. The name ‘Dundaing’ means Partying.
8. Miracle Baby
Unlike many of the Legends on this list, Miracle Baby’s journey just started the other day. He is part of a group called Sailors and has technically made the group relevant after the hit song ‘Wamlambez’.
He is known for his fire catchy hooks and just gives a good vibe in every song he does. Miracle Baby will even be even better in the coming years.
Her real name is Gloria Mecheo and has been a great rapper ever since, though she grew her fanbase after she featured in Khali Cartel 2 by Khaligraph Jones. She is also part of the new game and his fan base has been really growing of late.
Xtatic says she did petry before rap and that has really helped her with her music journey. She is one of the best rappers of the new generation in Kenya.
Stella Nyambura Mwangi, a very talented female rapper who lives in Norway is the second female that is on the list. She is not only popularly in Kenya but also in Norway for she won the Melodi Grand Prix 2011. Two successful albums, a lot of songs and collaborations with other artists, made STL one of the most famous artists in Kenya.
STL is also known for singing about the issues that disturb Kenya as a country. Her songs have been used before for an advertisement for Samsung for their Galaxy S9 smartphone.
E-Sir was and is one of the best rappers in Kenya we have ever had. Unfortunately on 16 March 2003 he was involved in a car accident on the Great Rift Valley. He has left behind “a huge musical footprint” due to his impact on his popularity and fanbase during his short career.
Even long after his departure E-Sir is and will be remembered for his music and how he shaped the rap industry in Kenya. E-sir was and is an inspiration to many. REST IN POWER.
4. Taio Tripper
Also known as Matthew Wakhungu is one of our favorites. He was part of the Hip-hop group Camp Mulla which was a major success in East Africa in 2011 and 2012 before their break up in 2013. He is also a deejay, songwriter and sound engineer.
Taio Tripper is one of the most prominent rappers in Kenya of our time, he is super-talented, and has his own unique style, which, made makes him a real star. Taio Tripper is on the road to becoming the best rapper in Kenya.
Incredible Nyamari Ongegu popularly known as Nyashinski is one who can sing love songs, rap and also release gospel songs. He was once a member of Kleptomaniax which was a Hip-hop group formed back in 1999 while in high school which won 3 awards.
The group never broke up but everyone somehow went their own way, who knows, we might hear from them soon. Nyashinski is regarded, and is, as one of the most skillful and one of the best lyricist in East Africa.
2. Abbas Kubaff
Andrew Kabiru Karuku has now been in the industry for a very long time and is famous for hit songs such as “Tokelezea” and “Tokelezea”. Abbas Kubaff was born in (8 January 1978) and has been winning awards across East Africa and producing music since 1995.
Abbas Kubaff has been considered as the Best Kenyan Rapper a lot of times. He was part of a rap group that later split in 2005. The rap group was made up of fellow rappers, Bamboo and KC. He has received awards from Chaguo La Teeniez Awards award(2008) and a Golden Mic award(2011).
1. Khaligraph Jones
His real name is Brian Ouko Omollo and he is also the only Kenyan on the Best Rappers in Africa. Khaligraph Jones was also the first rapper from Kenya to win awards and be internationally recognized by the Hip Hop community. Khaligraph Jones is also known for Khali Cartel which is a cypher he produces that showcases new talent in the rap industry.
He has a flow that is as quick as Twista’s (American) or M.I (Nigerian) and with this, he has gained a huge following with a lot of loyal fans. He first came to light in 2009 when he participated in the 2009 Channel O MC Africa Challenge and reached the finals. Khaligraph Jones is the Best Kenyan Rapper of all time.
Khaligraph Jones also won the SoundCity MVP award for best hip hop act early this year going against some Hip-hop Legends in Africa. The son ‘Leave me alone’ got him the award.
Top 10 Best Kenyan Rapper in 2020
- Khaligraph Jones
- Abbas Kubaff
- Taio Tripper
- Miracle Baby
- King Kaka
- Steph kapela
Tara Kasey and Dakota Kruz Brings Out A Sexy Single “Drive”
Tara Kasey and Dakota Kruz collaborate to bring us an honest new single “Drive” displaying their unique skills to use vivid imagery, coupled with the sensual female voice that pulls us into this relaxed energy as they sing and rap the erotic fantasies they yearn for with their partners.
Tara Kasey sets the vibe of the single right from the beginning as Dakota Kruz joins in with intriguing raps in the foreground of the slow-paced beats. She shares her love for ‘Driving” through a sexual connotation that’s both sexy and enjoyable to hear her sing about. Its sensual, rhythmic beats are paired with her seductive vocals, which stay penetrated in our minds after the first listen.
They create their own easygoing sound that puts listeners in the mood while vibing out to their descriptive lyrics. The kind of song to get you in the mood with that special person until the sun comes up.
“Drive” is part of her newly released album, Hers Truly II, which you can stream on the link below:
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Eline Presents Her New Single “Our Father”
Born and raised in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Eline Fleury is a talented artist and entrepreneur who runs her own business “Eline Fleury LLC”, along with pursuing her career in music. When it comes to music, she is a multifaceted artist, who is a singer, songwriter, performing artist, and a live entertainer. She is also a customer service professional, with extensive hands-on experience in project management. Utilizing the time on her hands due to the ongoing pandemic, Eline decided to be productive and take full advantage of the lockdown by working on her music skills.
Eline recently released her latest single titled “Our Father” on July 4, 2020. This song is inspired by George Floyd’s case, which left Eline shattered into pieces. She couldn’t bring herself to sleep for many nights and ultimately, one morning, she decided to channelize her angst into something that can be heard by everyone in the world. Therefore, she wrote the track “Our Father”. This song is about pleading God to save all his children and men. This is a heartwarming song that directly connects with the heart and makes you feel every word that the artist has written. The soulful music and hard-hitting vocals add to the beauty of this song.
Telling about her musical journey, Eline says, “In 2004 I released my first single and opened up my business. In 2016, I changed the name of the business to Eline Fleury LLC which is a privately owned and Managed Company. We’re specialized in wedding receptions, ceremonies, and parties of all types by providing live performance, DJ/MC, Sound system, for Wedding ceremonies, reception, Sweet 16, Birthday parties, Anniversary, Corporate events, funerals.”
Eline Our Father
Eline has always been surrounded by music, as she belongs to a family of musicians. Her father used to sing and play guitar, while her uncle was a singer and a songwriter. Despite working different jobs after growing up, her passion for music stayed alive within her, and eventually, she decided to work on it and make a career out of it.
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Taouil Shares His New Single “Bleed”
“Bleed” by Taouil is a song that is meant to soothe your sorrow. This rock song, express the mix of emotions involved in mourning the loss of a dear relative or friend and rock song empathizes with your pain and grief, encouraging us to hang on. Taouil hopes to help bring you healing and peace.
I especially like the line ‘close your eyes and bend the space in your mind’ – you can do anything you set your mind to!
Grief is like an unwanted visitor who welcomes itself to your life and always stays too long. He sets his own pace, he can’t be pushed and you’ll have to suffer from his bad company before approval comes to replace him.
If you read this, and you’ve lost someone special to you, I’m sorry for your loss. Know that you’re not alone. In times when I lost people close to me, I always found solace in music. Songs bind us to those who have had the same feelings. They ignite memories of lost loved ones and creatively distract them from the agony of the moment while voicing optimism for tomorrow.
Taouil is a New York-based artist who is set out to re-defining energy rock, and with his gripping lyrical arrangement and stunning vocal accompaniment, “Bleed” is worth the attention it’s already getting.
Watch the visuals here.
Taouil has been slowly but steadily developing a devoted online audience and you can join his fans in supporting his musical journey.
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