Rapper Chris Kantai has passed on.
Veteran Kenyan rapper Chris Kantai who was known for his epic collabo with Stella Mwangi titled “Happy” is dead. The legendary rapper Kantai died on Wednesday morning at the St. Francis Hospital in Kasarani, where he was admitted two days ago. A family member confirmed that the hit-maker is said to have succumbed to breathing complications earlier today.
Kantai is among the foremost Kenyan rappers, who scooped several trophies in the early 2000s’ Chaguo La Teeniez Awards. He is credited for introducing into the rap market celebrated rapper Stella Mwangi alias STL.
Three years ago, Kantai tried to comeback to the industry with a collaboration with fellow Kenyan rapper Khaligraph Jones titled “Ting Badi Malo”. Two years ago, he was the trending topic on social media after photos of him enjoying “Keg” at a local alcohol joint in Zimmerman went viral.
The untimely death of the talented rapper is trending as many on Kenyans on social media sending their condolences to family and friends. Members of Kenya’s Hip Hop industry have come out to praise the talented lyricist, with rapper and activist Juliani as well as the famed Buddah Blaze taking to social media to make a statement.
Asante sana bro, for all you've put in for the culture. I still remember your yellow puff jacket, timz & Marvin.
For you maybe it seemed like in idea tu but ili contribute pakubwa for us to see posiblities. https://t.co/RkFic3Iu86
— #IamJuliani 🇰🇪 (@JulianiKenya) February 27, 2019
— Mbasu (@ItsBuddhaBlaze) February 27, 2019
Chris Kantai, who has died aged 42, is survived by a wife, child and his mother. The musician was the only surviving child in his family as his brother died nearly ten years ago. The family is still yet to make a statement on Kantai’s cause of death. Nonetheless, the gifted rapper will continue to live on through his music.