The best thing that I am loving about African hip hop and rap is that it’s gradually coming together to evolved into one big thing that will slowly come to surpass the mainstream hip hop music that we currently are listening to, for some reason I feel like African hip hop is becoming more authentic than American’s since American rappers are nowadays into trap with African are taking it back to the roots.
With that being said, there are African rappers that stands out that are putting the African continent on the map with them being AKA, Cassper Nyovest, L-Tido, Nasty C, A-Reece, Nyashinski, Riky Rick, Sarkodie, Kforce, Fid Q, Ice Prince Zamani, Phyno, with the spot light currently shining at Khaligraph Jones especially after he released the latest record ‘Khali Cartel’ that most people are taking about.
Khaligraph Jones who won Afrimma’s Best Rap Act Africa 2018 award is a self-proclaimed OG and his fellow countrymen seems to agree with that, in his country which speaks Swahili language predominantly agrees that he’s one of the few upper echelon rappers in the game today.
Khaligraph Jones has been putting out authentic hip hop and rap music for the longest time by being consistence and even though I hardly understand Swahili but most of his songs are usually off the hook. The good thing about music is that it has a way to resonate with you even if there’s a language barrier and I believe Khaligraph Jones has mastered that fact and used it to his advantage because most of his raps are usually done predominantly in Swahili.
Khaligraph Jones has since released a sequel record dubbed ‘Khali Cartel’ that features respected Kenyan rappers that clearly didn’t come to play but go hard in the music industry.
Though most [not all] rappers came with their flow in Swahili, some come with English bars or both but the point is, Khaligraph Jones just made a statement on that record that is the next African big thing when it comes to African rap and hip hop, for crying out loud he even said that even Cassper Nyovest calls him “Doc Shebeleza”. Bars on bars is the word of the day when you listen to the artistes featured there, even though you might not understand Swahili like myself, you will agree that the flow is sick regardless if you can listen to the lyrics or not.
Khaligraph Jones features Steph Kapela, TwennyEights, Timmy Blanco, Katapilla, Xtatic, with himself being the finisher of it all at the ‘Khali Cartel 2’.
Watch and listen to the ‘Khali Cartel 2’ and tell me if you don’t feel an African legend rising.