Meet Trabolee; A Force To Reckon With In The Game

One of the first MCEE’s to grace our studios for Freestyle Fridays is TRABOLEE, a performing artist who conveys his creativity particularly through the genres of Hip Hop and spoken word poetry.

With three stellar projects under his belt- THC (2013), Occult Lore (2013) and All Roads Lead Home (2015), numerous singles and collaborations as well as participating and winning the Aarban Cypher competition twice, Trabolee has established himself not only as an EMCEE but as an all rounded artist and a force to reckon with.

In a brief interview with the artist, we got to comprehend a lot more.

So who and what does TRABOLEE mean?

Under the pseudonym of TRABOLEE, the encoded meaning is Truth Reigns Above But Only Love Exists Eternally. That’s profound! Please elaborate… Tra is Art that mirrors my innermost reflections when I’m creating. I’ve always been amazed at how the mundane nothingness of life can be transformed into a canvas, especially if one is in tune enough to see the patterns and connections that are always presenting themselves in the now.

Your freestyle was tight by the way. In relation to J. Cole releasing his newest album KOD today, what are your thoughts? Are you a fan?

Yes, I’m a fan. I love the intent of his music, being a pioneer of this new generation he really takes upon himself to direct the conversation of the culture from a vulnerable but pure place. In this age where there’s a deliberate attempt to dumb down content, a middle ground is needed.

As an artist, what are your thoughts on the current Kenyan rap scene?

The Kenyan Rap scene is growing and mainly due to the diversity of the artists and their ability to collaborate. The spirit of unity will definitely be a major ingredient if guys are to elevate.

What do think of avenues like Freestyle Fridays by Homeboyz Radio and the impact they have on the culture?

It’s a valid avenue. It encourages cohesion and a meet up of different caliber of artists so that boundaries are dissolved allowing room for necessary conversation and giving unsung but talented artists a good platform.

 

STORY BY -Charity Mwathi

Invasion Of Privacy

After Bodak yellow majority of critics thought that would be it for Cardi B. Fast forward and barely a year later she’s dropped her debut album and it’s raising a lot of dust. She’s slowly curving herself on the upper echelons of the hip hop world. In my opinion she can now be spoken of in same breath with the likes of Nicki Minaj, Lil Kim, Lauryn Hill, Remy Ma and many others. A magnificent debut album that fuses vulnerability, sexual voraciousness, paranoia and party music shows the rapper is capable of far more than punchy put-downs. In an age of slurred mumble-rap and sing-song delivery, there’s an old-school satisfaction in hearing someone deliver their bars with such, well, finesse. There’s even a touch of Biggie to the way she balances a thick local accent with absolute clarity and perfectly weighted meter, but her way of drawing out vowels before slamming them into teeth-kissing consonants is all her own. Clearly, she’s here to stay and the tide is slowly moving from Nicki Minaj to her.

#HbrVeteransDay Blows The Internet

“You should do this more often,.” Yes, we hear you and love that #HbrVeteransDay has you glued.

We decided to celebrate the veterans in Hip Hop, those who paved the way for new school all day today. If you still haven’t caught the vibe, hit our dial and get active on social using the hash tag #HbrVeteransDay.

We’re playing fresh old hip hop tracks from the 254 and across the globe; legends only.

This celebration needs no requests.

Figured I should sample a couple of your feedback on social:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cardi B’s Reign Continues! Check Out Her Bruno Mars Collabo

I read a quote on instagram last year that read…. “May 2018 be as good for you as 2017 was to Cardi B’.

Definitely made for a hilarious new year’s message but isn’t that true?

I mean Cardi B seemed to have come out of nowhere with her ‘Bodak Yellow’ single, capturing all our attention with a long stay at number one with that particular single.

This former reality TV show star had been recording and putting out mix-tapes long before that, but what has been most impressive about her is her continuity.

Unlike other artists to have enjoyed a fast catapult to the top of the industry, (like Korean star Psy with ‘Gangnam Style’), Cardi B has so far managed to clutch onto the top spot, getting featured on Migos’s single ‘Motor Sport’ and releasing three of her own singles, including this Bruno Mars collaboration.

Featuring on this 24K Magic star’s single ‘Finesse’ Cardi B is clearly looking to cement her place as one of this generation’s top rated artist.

As for whether or not Cardi B is doing at good job at that, (at cementing her place in the ‘book of legends’)… we’d say she’s well on her way given this post that Bruno Mars shared on his social media, describing her. It read…

I met cardi B at 3 am after my show in LA backstage where we recorded her verse for Finesse. She walked in the room and she was everything I’d hope she’d be. Never change cardi! Don’t let this crazy music business change who you are. You posses something that can’t be taught. You’re a true star. Thank you for putting your energy and love all over this record and video. I hope you feel better soon because we got some celebrating to do. Everyone show ya love for the one and only CARDI B! 👏👏👏👏 #Finesse

 

Migos Get Back On #ROTW with ‘Stir Fry’

They have featured on ROTW quite a few times and while it’s their unmistakable rhythm and flow that we know and love them for, the Migos trio definitely push their limits with this Pharrell produced banger.

That’s right. You had me at Pharrell produced.

Migos who are constantly on the entertainment news scene, most recently when Offset decided to ‘make an honest woman out of Cardi B’, worked on ‘Stir Fry’, the jam with iconic lyrics such as …

“I get money, tunnel vision, through my third eye”

And a jam that samples what pitchfork.com describe as polyrhythms—bongos, cricket-like whistles, clicking trap hi-hats, and slowed-down snares from another funky jam called ‘Champ’ by Mowhawks.

Well hot on the heels of their last ROTW feature which was Cardi B and Nicki Minaj featured ‘Motor Sport’, here’s Migos’s ‘Stir Fry’.

J Hus Is Back On #ROTW With ‘Bouff Daddy’ Remix

The fact that it was already a ROTW (Record of the Week) should already tell you that it was a certified hit. So imagine how much better this remix is.

J Hus has quite simply cemented his name as one of our generation’s top emcees and from his award winning debut album ‘Common Sense’, came ‘Bouff Daddy’ a jam about this UK rapper’s journey to the top.

‘Bouff’ is actually urban slang for money…. in  case you were wondering.

While the highly acclaimed single (much like the album) was already doing well on charts, it’ll be staying on the airwaves a lot longer now, thanks to this Popcaan featured remix!

Nothing like that island flavor to guarantee massive success with a single, especially at the clubs.

Popcaan whose success in music only got more pronounced after working alongside Drake on their single ‘Controlla’ is also no stranger to ROTW, having featured several times in the past himself and needless to say, his addition to J Hus’s ‘Bouff Daddy’ only makes for an enjoyable three minutes.

This ‘Bouff Daddy’ collaboration was put together by Dre Skull, a Brooklyn based music producer known for creatively connecting the dots between various elements of urban underground music and culture.

Well we have a new ROTW thanks to Dre Skull. Here, have a listen…

 

Nav Makes a Debut On ROTW With ‘Wanted You’

It’s US rapper Nav’s first stay at the ROTW (Record of the Week) but this will be Lil Uzi’s fourth feature on it having had a successful two time run with his own singles and once on Migos’s ‘Bad and Boujee’.

Complex magazine dubbed him, ‘first brown boy to get it poppin’, describing him as ‘brown’ presumably due to his Indian descent and one striking thing about him is his close resemblance to DJ Khaled. Am I wrong?

Khaled actually co-produced this ROTW (Wanted You) alongside producers Ben Billions and Cash so while we enjoy bumping to yet ‘another one’ from this music maestro, here’s a bit more about Nav.

Born and raised in Canada (to two Indian parents), Nav would create music mash ups in high school, later deciding to create his own beats, which is where his road to fame started.

“I became, like, pretty much the coolest kid in high school because I had started making beats for local rappers,”

Fast forward to today, this fast rising rapper is creating waves with this ‘Wanted You’ single which features Trap Icon Lil Uzi Vert, a song where Nav raps about falling for the wrong kind of girl.

It takes over from Jacquees and Dej Loaf as ROTW this week, here’s a look at Wanted You.

 

A Mixtape AND An ROTW Together! Toast To Jacquees & Dej Loaf

Jacquees is a Cash Money RnB singer and well… who doesn’t know Dej Loaf? I mean… let’s just be honest…see what I did there? No? Here’s a video for reference.

These two artists have a collaborative mix-tape together and can celebrate another achievement which is that of becoming Record of the Week with the single ‘At The Club’.

Taking over from music chart topper Lil Pump, the duo’s single ‘At The Club’ will enjoy heavy week long rotation as the station’s banger of choice and why not?

It’s got a groovy feel and boasts of impeccable music chemistry with Jacquees singing about meeting a girl at the club and Dej Loaf rapping about being a ‘ride or die’ kind of girl.

Their mix-tape is aptly named ‘F**k a Friend-zone’ and in case you haven’t watched it yet, here’s the video to the single ‘At The Club’.

 

Meet Lil Pump. The Artist On Our ROTW

ROTW – (Record of the Week)

He is simply put one of the many artists to have become famous thanks to music uploading and streaming site sound cloud.

Lil Pump (real name Gazzy Garcia) is a rapper hailing from Miami Florida and he’s currently enjoying being on ROTW thanks to his single ‘Gucci Gang’ which is off of his self titled debut mixtape ‘Lil Pump’.

With a large social media clout, at only 17 years old, Lil Pump proves that the younger generation is taking over, demonstrating that fact by having ‘Gucci Gang’ currently sit at number 3 on Billboard Hot 100 music chart.

This single was ready for release back in October and Lil Pump released it after dropping a 44 second snippet of it on his twitter asking his followers and fans to …

“retweet if I should drop it now.”

The jam currently has over 150 million views on YouTube and features a sing along hook that reads;

Gucci gang, Gucci gang, Gucci gang, Gucci gang, Gucci gang, Gucci gang, Gucci gang (Gucci gang!)
Spend ten racks on a new chain
My bitch love do cocaine, ouu
I fuck a bitch, I forgot her name
I can’t buy a bitch no wedding ring
Rather go and buy Balmains
Gucci gang, Gucci gang, Gucci gang (Gucci gang!)

Ty Dolla $ign Becomes ROTW With His ‘Ex’ Single

Ty Dolla $ign has been announced as this year’s Jameson headline act and he is currently this week’s Record of the Week thanks to his YG featured single ‘Ex’

Released as part of his ‘Beach House 3’ project, Ty Dolla $ign teams up with producer Bongo By The Way on this jam which you’ll be hearing quite a bit now that’s it’s taken over as the ROTW.

Ty Dolla’s ‘Beach House 3’ features artists like Jeremiah, Lil Wayne, The Dream and Skrillex and its release came amidst a heated lawsuit against both Ty and YG, filed by a man who claims he suffered major injuries at a 2015 club beating incident at one of this star’s stagings.

Here’s ‘Ex’.

 

LYRICS

 

I just text my main chick
I told her I ain’t coming home
I just text my main chick
I told her, I ain’t coming home, tonight
Bongo By The Way.(ex)

Mixing Henny with the Bombay
F**k it, I done had a long day
I done linked up with my old thing
Right time, but the wrong place
Yeahh versuri-lyrics.info
Riding ’round with it on me
Got me thinking about all my old days
I been getting money four ways
R. Kelly, “12 Play” with the foreplay
I know, I be up to no good
Baby, I know, I’m just misunderstood.

I just text my main chick
I told her I ain’t coming home
I just text my main chick
I told her, I ain’t coming home, tonight
I just text my main chick
I told her, I ain’t coming home tonight.

Ohh, how you living, nigga, how you living? (skrt)
I’m on jet ski’s with naked bitches
Give my last to these naked bitches
Leave your main squeeze for these naked bitches, yeah
That’s how, you know, when it’s all bad
She call me or text, I could call back
But she imagine in her head I’m doing all that
I tell her I’m not, she like, YG, you a thot.

I know, I be up to no good
Baby, I know, I’m just misunderstood.

Yeah, yeah
A hundred times, told her, I was gon’ stop
But it’s kind of hard, when every night them bottles pop
Yeah, yeah
It’s kind of hard, when you’re making your watch
Make all them nines and tens flop
Yeahhh.

I just text my main chick
I told her I ain’t coming home
I just text my main chick
I told her I ain’t coming home, tonight
I just text my main chick
I told her I ain’t coming home tonighttt.