Celeb chat with Chopstix

How has this season’s process been like compared to the previous years’?

I feel like this season had definitely been more relaxed than the previous seasons. For one, I’ll be here for three weeks, the other times I was here for a week each time. Before we would compose, rehearse and shoot all at once and it was hectic, now we get a day to write the song, two days to rehearse and the rest of the days to shoot.

You usually work with artistes from all over the continent, how do you fuse all their collective sound and your own sound together?

I usually have to do a lot of prep work before sitting down with the artistes. I listen to their music extensively then start to get ideas about how they would sound together. It’s a lot of work but if you love it then it’s not work.

What would you describe your own sound like?

Hip hop, Afro beat with a little bit of dancehall in there. A little bit of everything.

Where do you usually find inspiration from while crafting music?

I can’t say that I’ll sit down then an idea will just it me like a blot of lighting. It’s not like that for me plus I don’t drink or smoke so that has nothing to do with it, it just depends on the environment. If I’m in a serene place then that will give me the motivation to create.

You have worked with a couple of international artistes like Wale, what was that like?

Actually the track I did with Wale was interesting. We didn’t actually record the song together, I mixed and mastered it and Ice (Prince) laid his vocals down. I wasn’t available when Wale was ready to record his part because of an event I was committed to so Ice (Prince) delivered the record to him and he put his spin on it.

Outside of the Coke Studio platform which artistes would you love to work with?

Jay Z! But also Sarkodie. I know we’ve worked together before but I feel like we haven’t had that big hit together. I would love to get back in the studio with him.

Which do you prefer being a producer or being a rapper?

I would so much rather stick to being a producer than an artiste because once I produce a track, create a beat, all that’s left is for a rapper or a singer to lay down their vocals. Plus it should pay more being a producer compared to the stresses of performing. I don’t need to be jumping up and down, sweating on stage in order to make my ends meet.

What do you think of Kenyan music?

I love it, I love Kenyan music. I feel like it has this particular sound to it. But I do feel like Kenyans need to support their music more. If it doesn’t have that support here then it won’t reach very far out there.

When are we going to get some new rap material from you?

I stopped rapping a long time ago!

Do you still DJ?

Of course. I DJ and also perform live, make music live on stage.




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