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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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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I’m gonna speak for myself and say that I didn’t know about Anderson .Paak till about last year after he featured on Dr. Dre’s album “Compton”. I only paid more attention to him after I found out that one of my favorite artists right now , Pomo, had produced a song on Paak’s latest album “Malibu”. That caught my attention, because well, IT’S POMO, but when I listened to the song , I  was obviously blown away by the talents that this West- Coast based rapper, singer and producer boasts.

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So much talent goes unnoticed or under-appreciated in Kenya and I’ll be the first to admit, I don’t listen to local music as much as I probably should but quality stuff always catches my ear . Lately I’ve been hearing incredible music that only proves how promising our industry is.  I’m writing this because I’m pretty much fed up of our artists being slept on! Like is that still a thing? If you get on soundcloud and listen to what some of these guys are creating, you’ll be pleasantly surprised.  Here’s a few of the Kenyan artists who I think you should be listening to right now.

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I really had to post this single from Goldlink‘s debut album ” And After That We Didn’t Talk” which has faced much criticism. I was slightly disappointed whilst listening to it because I guess my expectations were really high but it wasn’t so bad. I actually am a fan of his rough vocals , I think they give his music a raw, and soulful feel which is appealing to me compared to all the polished and auto-tuned stuff all over the charts. This song produced by Louie Lastic, is a super catchy and energetic. Although his lyrics tell a story the song still remains light and fun to listen to. Perfect for a dance or hip hop playlist. Check out his album too !!! x