When speaking of the best Kenyan hip-hop tracks, the common thread is the hook. It’s the element that etches songs into memory, making them emotional and easy to sing along to. With the Kenyan hip-hop scene overflowing with talent, HOB sifts through some of the best Kenyan hip-hop songs defined by their dope hooks since the industry’s inception. We considered, the lyrics, the infectiousness, and how they marry with the beat.

Here are our picks of the 18 best Kenyan hip-hop hooks of all time.

“Piga Lean” by MRRIGHT 

Producer: Corban Dencho

“Ikiaribika n*** siukua tuna fix /na tumeandika hawa ma opp kwenye list/007 tume miss mc squim Na mimi sina sight but si hupiga malean/Piga lean Piga lean (Piga)/Checki right left ukipiga lean Usishike hadi tenje ikiring/Na mi mi si carpenter but me hupenda kudrill”– MRRIGHT from “Piga Lean

Watch “Piga Lean” by MRRIGHT

“Yego”  by Khaligraph Jones 

Producer: Motif

“Yego Yego Yego Yego They calling me Julius Yego/Yego Yego Yego Yego /They calling me Yegooo/Yego Yego Yego Yego /They calling me Julius Yego/The way that I carry the stick the girls are calling me Yegooo”-Khaligraph Jones from “Yego

Watch “Yego” by Khaligraph Jones

“Nani G” by Kantai 

Producer: Mandugu Digital

“Huu ni nani G/Huu ni Kantai hajali G/Huu ni mtu mkali G/Tuliza moto kwa fani G”– Kantai from “Nani G

Listen to “Nani G” by Kantai

“Mizani” by Wenyeji Feat Gaza 

Producer: Eric Musyoka

“Ukoo Flani ndani ya lab na mizani/Ukituona ndani ya club, samahani/Hawa ma-groupie ndani ya fani namna gani?/Tukipatana ndani ya club, ho, niaje?/Tukipatana ndani ya slum, bro, niaje?Tukipatana ndani ya club, ho, niaje?/Ukoo Flani ndani ya lab na mizani/Wakituona ndani ya slums…/Ukoo Flani!”– Gaza from “Mizani

Watch “Mizani” by Wenyeji feat Gaza

“DC na Sisi” by Wenyeji feat Kamah KShaka

Producer: Eric Musyoka

“Hii beat na hii shit zinashikana kama DC na sisi/Na-flip script, na hii beat na hii shit Narudisha vitu mpaka enzi za BC/D Phase II, clique yangu DC Narudisha vitu mpaka enzi za BC/D Phase II, clique yangu DC/Mau Mau! Clique yangu DC/Mau Mau!”-Wenyeji from “DC na Sisi

Listen to “DC na Sisi” by Wenyeji feat kamah Kshaka

“Tuendelee” by Kleptomaniax 

Producer: Lucas Bikedo

“Tuendelee ama tusiendelee (endelea!)/Tuendelee ama tusiendelee (endelea!)/Tuendelee ama tusiendelee (endelea!)/Tuendelee ama tusiendelee (endelea!)”– Collo (D.E.P) from “Tuendelee

Watch “Tuendelee” by Kleptomaniax (Dj Karismatic Extended version)

“Triple XL” by Wakadinali 

Producer: AFRVKA

“Tripple XL ndio jacket nimego local sijaiskia joto/Mi ndio niliplan hizo koto mans I made it bila kucheza Lotto/Wako tuned mafans FM ya Inooro/Off time ya roadshow napiga kigosho/Team kuiondoa kwa msoto is valid lazima nitimu hiyo ndoto”– Domani Munga from “Triple XL

Watch “Triple XL” by Wakadinali

“Nairobi” by Buruklyn Boyz 

Producer: DefBeats

“Tuna-take over Nairobi mzima/East, West, mpaka CBD (Uh-huh, uh-huh)/Hii ndio mbogi imeivisha drill, 254 tunachafua scene/Si ndio the trend, NTV, kwa hii game si ni ma MVP/Na ka kuna msee anabishana, akam hizi sides a-try ku-resist/Tuna-take over Nairobi mzima/East, West, mpaka CBD (Uh-huh, uh-huh)/Hii ndio mbogi imeivisha drill, 254 tunachafua scene/Si ndio the trend, NTV, kwa hii game si ni ma MVP/Na ka kuna msee anabishana, akam hizi sides a-try ku-resist”– Ajay from “Nairobi

Watch “Nairobi” by Buruklyn Boyz

“Tafsiri Hii” by Kalamashaka

Producer: Tedd Josiah

“Tafsiri hii, maisha kule D ni mazii/Mi nalia nikitumia MIC/Tafsiri hii, ingawa tuko chini bado tuna tumaini/Sikiza kwa makini”– Vigeti from “Tafsiri Hii

Listen to “Tafsiri Hii” by Kalamashaka

“Kichwa Kibov” by Cannibal and Sharama 

Producer: Hassan Majid

“Cannibal ndio mimi kichwa kibov’/Natema juu ya microphone sura mbov’/Hiki ni kilio juu ya instrumental/Kwenye studio kuna ku-rise na ku-fall”– Cannibal from “Kichwa Kibov

Watch “Kichwa Kibov” by Cannibal and Sharama

“Kim Jong Un” by Wakadinali

Producer: AFRVKA

“Dunga agents mtaani, youts waliingiza round Umo 2/Kudunga nduthi ni tapo na mathree, real definition ya thug/Umeskia ripoti ya DCI, bro amekuwa Kim Jong Un/Mpini, ndeng’a ni impromptu”– Domani Munga from “Kim Jong Un

Watch “Kim Jong Un” by Wakadinali

“Unbwogable” by Gidigidi Majimaji 

Producer: Tedd Josiah

“Who can bwogo me?/Who can bwogo me?/I say, who can bwogo me?/I am unbwogable”– Gidigidi Majimaji from “Unbwogable

Listen to “Unbwogable” by Gidigidi Majimaji

“Riswa” by Sewersydaa feat Dyana Cods 

Producer: Alex Vice

“Journey ni refu tukifika tumededi/Kwa hii industry yetu ni ka kila mtu amekuwa seti/Ganji kwa bedroom innit? Sisi hatuko kwa benki/Qtac alihit akaenda oche kumedi/Riswa riswa huh, ikifika kwa bed nyambiswa/Kwanza piga kimbichwa huh, ukitaka ikus unaitisha/Riswa riswa huh, ikifika kwa bed nyambiswa/Kwanza piga kimbichwa huh, na ukitaka ikus unaitisha”– Sewersydaa and Dyana Cods from “Riswa

Watch “Riswa” by Sewersydaa ft Dyana Cods

“Angalia Saa” by Kamah KShaka, Kitu Sewer feat Winyo 

Producer: Eric Musyoka

“Najua unachotaka Najua unapoenda/Najua wataka haki yako Angalia saa/Angalia saa Najua unachotaka/Najua unapoenda Najua wataka haki yako/Angalia saa Angalia saa/Wewe ni shujaa/Machozi yako Yananivunja moyo/Mbona sasa Dunia imekutupa/Angalia saa Angalia saa/Wewe ni shujaa”– Winyo from “Angalia Saa

Watch “Angalia Saa” by Kamah KShaka ft Kitu Sewer

“Rap Kwa MIC” by Black Duo 

Producer: Soul Child/ Mandugu Digital

“Rap kwa MIC nimekupatia/Ukiangalia ni la la la la/Rap kwa MIC nimekupatia/Ukiangalia ni la la la la”– Black Duo from “Rap Kwa MIC

Watch “Rap Kwa MIC” by Black Duo

“Ivo Ivo Ivo” by Octopizzo 

Producer: Barbz on The Track

“Ivo ivo ivo, Ivo ivo ivo/Ivo ivo ivo, Ivo ivo ivo/Ivo ivo ivo, Ivo ivo ivo/Ivo ivo ivo, Ivo ivo ivo”– Octopizzo from “Ivo Ivo Ivo

Watch “Ivo Ivo Ivo” by Octopizzo

“Yea Yea Yea” by Boutross 

Producer: CAP

“Bouti uko fresh, ‘we ukini-hate/Presidential, ka uko lit say/Bae ana ass, ka ‘we ni freak say/Me niko maji, ka uko lit say (ayy)/Bouti uko fresh (yea yea yea)/Weh ukini-hate niko (yea yea yea)/Presidential (yea yea yea)/Ka uko lit say (yea yea yea)/Bae ana ass (yea yea yea)/Ka ‘we ni freak say (yea yea yea)/Mi niko maji (yea yea yea)/Ka uko lit say (yea yea yea)”– Boutross from “Yea Yea Yea

Watch “Yea Yea Yea” by Boutross

“Mo Fire” by Abbas Feat CLD 

Producer: HiRAM

“Tunablaz-e Mo fire Mo fire Mo fire More fire/Kila mmoja anayake mazee/Ngoma imeshika sasa haree”– CLD from “Mo Fire

Watch “Mo Fire” by Abbas Kubaff

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