We are living in the age of the internet, where rappers can record, mix, and produce their music using their phones. This has led to an increase in the number of emerging rappers and in turn an increase in songs in the streaming platforms.
Have you heard three or more rappers who are sounding the same? Especially, these mumble rappers.
The huge quantity of music isn’t directly proportional to quality. Let’s put this into a test. Let’s go back to the rap’s golden age – around 1996 to early 2000s. The musicians of that era were so unique – there was only one Snoop Dogg, one Nas, one Jay-Z, one Andre 3000, et cetera.
Now every upcoming artist wants to sound like Lil Wayne or some other old rapper.
Also, rappers are somehow using inauthentic means to get their music to the masses – using clout means.
Fortunately, there are a few musicians who have found ways to stand out and represent for what rap is about, that is, wordplay and bars.
Locally, we’re suffering from Gengetone fever. Almost all the genres catalogue is about sex and drugs. There’s no diversity.
I’ve been searching for great local rappers for a while now. Definitely, Wakadinali makes the list. I needed more rappers to cement my list. Luckily, Zack Nazareth, an upcoming rapper from Kangemi just dropped two singles last week, and so far I have enjoyed the two singles that he now makes my list of great rappers in Kenya.
Listen to Zack’s two singles below:
Do you know other great local rappers? Share their names and songs in the comments section.