Sho Baraka and S.O. jetted into the country yesterday. For those who don’t know who the two are, let me get you up to speed real quick. Both are amazing hip-hop artists and you can listen to some of their songs here and here.
They have a concert going down this Friday from 6pm at Nairobi Chapel, Ngong Road. If you love hip-hop music, this is one event you can’t miss. These two mc’s live behind their bars like convicts i.e. they live what they spit on the mic. Here are 5 reasons why I am excited for this concert:
0. Sho once tweeted me:
That makes me famous! I know this is kinda vain… but it’s true. Ha! I just had to get that out and here is proof!
— Sho Baraka (@AmIshoBaraka) November 13, 2012
He was correcting my mistake on his lyrics, but those are just details. I gave this point the number 0 if it makes you feel better. On to the real reasons.
1. Both are African brothers:
They live in the U.S. but their names show their connection with our beautiful continent. Sho’s mother named him Baraka which is Swahili for Blessing and S.O. was born in Nigeria; his second name is Otukpe. You can’t get more African than that!
2. Sho can run circles around Kendrick Lamar
He’s got bars like chocolate and metaphors for days! (nice line huh? I try…)
If you doubt this, listen to this song ‘Mahalia’ from his latest album ‘Talented 10th’. The first verse is packed with metaphors, here’s just a peek:
Yeah, black belt in a bad way
Judo (you don’t) know? I did what my sensei (sin say)
Notorious was my mindset, I got faith – wasn’t ready to die yet (reference to Notorious B.I.G’s album and his wife Faith Evans)
Now take that from a Bad Boy (B.I.G’s record label)
Not bad for a rapper who is “Trying to be like the bible – Not a bad verse in me”
3. S.O. sampled Inception
If there’s a song I am looking forward to, it has to be S.O. “Lows and Highs” which was sampled from that instrumental on the movie Inception. Apart from being a great encouragement for believers, that awesome instrumental by Hans Zimmer just made even more perfect.
4. I’m Getting married
Sho has an amazing love song that is definitely on my wedding playlist. “We Can Be More” was an anthem at some point for many of Sho’s fans. Hearing him perform this song is the closest I can get to having Sho perform at my wedding :)
5. These brothers are unashamed!
I get encouraged when I see believers who are not ashamed Jesus give their all to proclaim the truth of the gospel. Sho and S.O. have travelled thousands of miles in order to share the gospel with those who don’t know Jesus and encourage other believers in their walk. They are family because we have the same Father. Now what kind of brother would I be if I didn’t show up at the concert?
BONUS: S.O. has a beard. Enough said!
See you on the dance floor!