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ALBUM REVIEW: JAY Z – 4:44

I’M BACK! Damn it feels good to be back. It’s really been a long time coming.Let’s jump right in shall we? First I’d like to thank Jay Z for giving me the inspiration to review music again.  I guess Jay decided to follow in his wife’s footsteps and drop the album unexpectedly because he really doesn’t need the extra marketing, right?  I think 2017 kinda needed an album like this. I feel like there’s been so much going on but when a  Jay Z album comes out we all just stop and listen. Also, as a hip-hop head , I’ve missed those classic hip-hop beats that I would normally hear in a classic Hip-hop album. Don’t get me wrong… I hoped on the trap train this year and I’ve enjoyed listening to Migos and the likes but I’ve had an appetite for some real lyricism. So yeah, thank you Jay.

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PYRONAIRO: THE BIRTH OF A MOVEMENT

In the past year alone, the underground music scene in Nairobi has been bursting with so much talent and ingenuity. It has many hidden gems  who you may not necessarily hear on the radio or see on television. You just need to know where to look.

PyroNairo might be a hashtag you’ve seen one someone’s Facebook presumptuously as they post a link to a song, but do you really know what it means? The term “Pyro” itself means something related to fire. I know it sounds corny but when you listen to music being put out you can be assured that it’s nothing less than flames.

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INTERVIEW WITH BRIAN SIMBA

I guess it’s finally time we put a spotlight on Tanzanian music on this godamn blog !Whenever you think about Tanzanian music honestly don’t you just think of that music that Ali Kiba , Diamond Platinumz and  the rest do? All that music is great, don’t get me wrong but during my usual rounds on Soundcloud I came across a rapper who gave me some new insight into Tanzanian music and especially Tanzanian hip-hop. Brian Simba is his name, and his mixtape “Masaki Theory”  carries such individualism (something a lot of East African artists lack by the way) , and it’s of such stellar quality that I was actually disappointed in myself for not discovering him sooner.

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ALBUM REVIEW: SKEPTA – KONNICHIWA

British grime artist Skepta just blessed us with his fourth studio album, Konnichiwa.  Skepta’s roll of success has been unstoppable lately, and just when I thought it was gonna die down, he brings forth this very solid LP.  I predict this album is gonna be a huge hit, not only in the UK but worldwide so if you meet a couple of youngins trying to speak in roadman slang after this then you know the reason.

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NEW MUSIC: KALI UCHIS – ONLY GIRL FT STEVE LACY AND VINCE STAPLES

Kali Uchis is back at it  with a new track ” Only Girl” ft Vince Staples and (wait for it…..) STEVE LACY. I mean even though this is Kali’s song, I’m telling you guys Steve Lacy is the future of music . I’m so glad he’s slowly breaking out of the underground and making his presence felt in the industry.. he’s only 17 and is literally one of my favorite artists right now. He has outstanding potential and I can’t wait to watch him grow to the successful artist he’s going to end up being.  But anyway, this song is produced by Kaytranada (who’s album I can’t wait to drop omg May 6th) and it has a very catchy and urban vibe.. slightly different from the type of stuff on Kali’s EP “Por Vida”. Either way I’ve had this joint on replay all morning, check it out !