Rap music in Kenya has gone through numerous transformations; it has gone up the hill and come down trumbling, while other times it went up the same hill and mounted a flag of victory!
So is the way of life. Sometimes you break an egg while other times you are the egg. Rapper and Kenyan hip hop avant-garde Abbas Kubaff has seen it all done it all and even been it all! Heard of the phrase, “Been there, done that”? Well, this is the perfect person to respond in such a way.
He has been in the industry for more than 18 years making him one of the oldest rappers in the field as well as fairly influential. From rapping alongside Chiwawa, his longtime friend as K South to having a fall out with the same, he knows all there is to entertainment.
He has worked with almost everyone there is in the Industry, and made hits out of all songs he laid his verses on. Pen, paper and prowess seem to be his magic words, since it is all that he does when he graces the booth.
Abbas was one of the Artists who curtain raised for the Maxi Priest,Lost Boys and Coolio when they visited Kenya in the 1990’s. That’s how good he is!
Ukoo Flani Maumau, Kaz, Chiwawa, Bamboo, Juliani are just but a tip of the iceberg of the artists he has worked with. “me nataka nikamate, hizi mikate, wabonge matope mimi niwachape! Wote wajikate, wakija kunitafta wasinipate, wanihate. Ama niwakatekate, style ya karate…” he raps on the song “Natafuta”.
Despite all his shortcomings, Abbas is one Legend you cannot fail to talk about when hip hop is the topic of discussion.
Here’s a throwback tune from Abbas Kubaff that we all at sometime helplessly sang along to.