WILD CARD WEDNESDAYS:KHALIGRAPH-‘YEGO’

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Of rappers and innovation

When Khaligraph debuted on the Kenyan music scene, I was skeptical of his ability to sustain his lyrical prowess over time. I first heard of the Don of Kayole on a cypher and I was impressed by his ability on the mic. Over the few years since he went mainstream, he’s been able to curve out a niche for himself and his signature accent which baffles even one time Cape Town visitors has propelled him to the top of the Kenyan hip hop scene.

During the recent World Athletics Championship, Julius Yego was the talk of the tournament. A self-taught javelin thrower set the longest throw in recent history. We can’t account for the native tribes that throw spears however. The mark of a good artist is seen in their ability to stay relevant and churn out entertaining music.

So back to Mr. Khaligraph, the man taking the industry by storm. Even before the World Championship was over, he had gone to the studio and penned down one major track. If you haven’t been affected by the El Nino yet, you must have heard, seen or been told about Khaligraph’s track Yego. You already know who Yego is, so let’s get to the music.

Lyricism

One thing you have to give Khaligraph props for is his ability to craft words. We have great lyricists in K-shaka and despite their hiatus from the music scene; the East has offered one of its own again. His ability to switch between English, Swahili and Dholuo is impeccable.

Through Kaligraph’s lyrics, you can paint a picture of whatever he’s trying to communicate, which is the true mark of a great lyricist.

Flow

Like water to a glass, a river to a stream, ideas to a creative, Khaligraph flows over any beat. The production is very clean and topping it off with the man’s talent, he kills the beat. He has proven his flow over various beats and tracks to the point we just expect magic when he steps on the mic.

Video production

Probably due to time, not a lot of creativity went into the directing or production of the video. With the current crop of producers in the country, Yego could have done much better on the video. The theme had no co-relation whatsoever to the title of the song.

The lyrics may be good but when accompanied by creative visuals that goes a long way into making any track memorable. The colour effects are becoming too common and as an artist that wants to be the best in Kenya, Khaligraph needs to break free from the “Video kama ya nani” mentality.

Overall, the track is well done and Khaligraph is constantly pushing the mark and with quality music consistently, he’s destined to be one of the Kenyan greats in matters hip hop.  For now, you’re good to go Khaligraph, you just need to up the ante and make sure you up Octopizzo’s mark of having an album go number one on Itunes.

Check out the video.http://bit.ly/1M9IMJK

Yours truly,

Ted Pot.

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