You have been an integral player in the hip hop industry in Kenya. What are you currently doing?
Am still doing what I do best and that is come up with Good Kenyan music.
Tell us more about your hood #NambaNane, it is known as a set pacer for hip hop in Nairobi. How has it influenced you as an artist in general?
Kibera is a unique place with diverse cultures but a similar mindset considering it’s a tight knit ghetto community. Kibera was for the longest time not in the spotlight when it comes to Local music and more specifically hip hop.
Having been born and raised in the Kibera slum has opened my eyes to and helped mould me into a responsible young musician considering am a Hip hop pioneer in my hood hence a lot of young people try to emulate what i do and how I conduct myself both professionally & socially.
Your music is respected across the nation and borders, what inspires you to do music at this level?
I’m inspired by my love for what I do, it’s that simple. I am also inspired by the fact that Kenyan music isn’t yet where it’s supposed to be on the continental scale and I believe the task of getting it where it’s supposed to be lies solely with us. The new generation of entertainers.
‘Stay Alive’ single has just dropped. What is the story behind the song?
The song “STAY ALIVE” whose video we just launched on by the way is based on how I/we musicians (Hip hoppers), and youth as a whole try hard to keep doing what we do because we need to and because we are needed to.
Kenyan hip hop industry has begun to take shape in the country. On a scale of 1 to 10 where do you think we fall and why?
On a scale of 1-10 continentally I’d say we’re at 6, above average but with so much more potential to rise if we get more support from the media hence the fans and industry as a whole. Recognition is just the 1st step in this journey.
As a hip hop artist, do you believe there is support from relevant stakeholders in managing the music industry in general, and is there room for improvement?
I believe Kenyan Hip hop is the genre with the most fans to begin with. We just lack the necessary shot in the arm to take it to the next level. The stakeholders, as much as they are trying, need to look at this Hip hop music as an emerging culture in Kenya which is capable of moving massive crowds of youth and the older generation as well. I believe the music stake holders are slowly realizing this as we move into a new era of Hip hop music owning the airwaves.
Who are some of the artists you have worked with lately?
I have worked over time with Khaligraph who iv mentored in more ways than one. I have worked also with Abbas, Ukoo Flani, Solo Thang (Tz), Bamboo, Smallz Lethal, Sati, King kaka, Voodooseller, Kimya, Nazizi, Rapdamu, Xtatic, Yunasi band among other reputable Kenyan aristes.
Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years? Any future plans for Kforce?
Kforce is already a house hold name in Kenyan Hip hop, so am only working towards strengthening the brand and reaching more fans in the region and continent as a whole because Hip hop is a culture to be reckoned.
Any word of advice you would like to leave before we close the interview?
Only advise i have is to the fans, #PlayKenyanMusic #BuyKenyanMusic #InsistOnKenyanMusic from the media. Thats the only way to grow our Industry to an international level.
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