Fridays usher in the weekend. Fridays, therefore, free us from the busy schedule of the weekday. Thus, it is safe to say Friday is a freestyle day. However, the freestyle isn’t no ordinary freestyle but for “Big Baba Friday Freestyles.” Big Baba Fridays is an episodic, flowful, fire-spitting freestyle presented weekly by the heavyweight Breeder LW. Breeder LW, well known as ‘Big Baba,’ has been feeding the KeHiphop industry with a weekly dose of freestyles usually dropped on Fridays. The “Big Baba Friday Freestyles” boasts ten solo acts by Breeder, causing a stir in the airwaves as Big Baba shows his lyrical prowess on any beat, be it a 2003 beat produced by the legendary Dr DRE or an E-Sir type beat. It’s no wonder Fridays are for Big Baba, Papa Fathela himself. This blog, Breeder LW’s “TK Cypher” review, provides an in-depth analysis of Breeder’s debut cypher. Tag along!

On the Friday of, 27th October, Bazenga Daddy amazed, if not astonished, the KeHiphop industry by releasing his first cypher’s edition. The cypher named after his famous brand Tough Klan (TK) – ‘TK CYPHER’ surprised the industry. As always, fans expected another episode of the ‘Big Baba Fridays,’ but Breeder LW flipped the switch to feature twelve upcoming artists in a cypher, thus, Breeder LW’s “TK Cypher” review blog.

The ‘TK CYPHER’ Presents

As part of the ‘Big Baba Fridays,’ normally produced by Metro, TK CYPHER was no exception. Metro produced the beat for this cypher, which is a sample of Metro Boomin’s song Creeping featuring The Weekend and 21 Savage, which itself is a sample and remake of Mario’s ‘I Don’t Wanna Know.’ The cypher features thirteen artists, including Breeder LW, with an approximate forty-five-second timeline for a verse. The thirteen acts encompass a diverse range of artists, from females to males, Luo to Kamba performers, and English to codeswitched Swahili Sheng artists. This demonstrates the versatility of this cypher.

Verse Analysis

The cypher has a steady, swift, slow pace, which allows rappers to flow with it smoothly. After the intro talk from Metro, Elijah, the first among the 13, set the pace for the cypher with a well-bonded rhythmical flow of lyrics. It was a dope verse for a newbie, and it’s no wonder he made it first in the cypher. Elijah, unknown to many Hip-Hop fans, came in and made a proper introduction to the cypher. That was always important because it set the tone for the entire project. His vicious bars showed up together with his body language that screamed, “I am here to murder these rappers.”

If you listened to the audio before you watched the video, you would have thought the next rapper after Elijah was a hard-hitting gangster. Mazenga Madam was next in line, and her delivery echoed what her title stood for. Her moniker might be confusing because it’s closely related to Breeder’s other alias, “Bazenga Daddy.” Mazenga Madam had much to say. She had bars for days. Her flow and the little play with the Kikuyu language complimented the track well. She seemed to throw shots when she rapped, “Waache mziki wakauze nyap!

GTB Emzee was up next, and his voice spelled “Rapper.” His syllable switches were very interesting, showing no struggle at all when transitioning from one to the next. From ‘Ta’ to ‘Z,’ it felt as though he had covered A to Z. That prowess is unmatched.

As for Mwende, her energy in her verse exclaimed she was there for business. She provided a different perspective and brought back that energetic “want to prove myself” Femcee character. “Me ni ule Dem ukininyima nakufinya nakutisha na nakuchoresha Saba“. That line alone as an introduction had every element of what TK Cypher was all about. She mixed up three languages in one go, and that, to be honest, was impressive. Mwende’s fluent codeswitch from Swahili to Kamba to English showed the lyrical versatility she bears. Her flow was sleek.

G Chess’ verse came in hard at a slow, laid-back pace. He backs bar-for-bar lines in his verse, and one bar that clearly stood out in his verse is ‘I own the brew reason hawa rappers wako na bars. ‘ … If you don’t get it, probably you will never. G Chess came in with a religious stance. His Muslim fit and the lingua referring to a Higher power made his delivery style unique. I haven’t heard a lot of Muslim rappers, so when G Chess came in, he made it look easy to play for both worlds.

Nick O’Sam stepped in with the coolest boss vibes ever seen on camera. His smooth entrance and fit in the video created an ambient environment for the Luo rapper to shine. His usually aggressive flow was replaced by CEO vibes, albeit due to the cypher being from the man in a suit, ‘Big Baba.’ O’sam did not disappoint the Luo Rap fraternity, and his lyrical agility with a constant switch from Dholuo to Swahili is what earned him two awards, the ‘Break Through Luo Rap Artist’ and ‘Best New Male Trap’ from the just concluded Luo Rap Recognition Awards.

Shanty Bobo’s verse sent shockwaves among the KeHiphop family. The Kibra-born rapper had her normal hardcore bars as she flowed through bar after bar. Her creative play with conscious rap made her stand out from the other Femcees. 

Shekinah Karen came in after Bobo was adding fuel to the fire. From a gangster Femcee to an even more gangster Femcee deserved props from the director. Shekina Karen, known from the Khali Cartel 4 Cypher by Khaligraph Jones, delivered a flowful lyrical verse showing other femcees how it is done. Karen did not, has not, and will never disappoint. Her delivery, matched with her energy, embodied the real value of a Femcee in Hip-hop.

Kilundeezy delivered maturity. His flow was correct, and you could distinguish him from the rest. The drill beat also made it easy for him to fit in despite his lack of experience with that kind of flow.

Edrin Finity stole the show during the Khaligraph Jones vs Tanzania rapper’s drama a few months ago (Read: https://highonbars.com/khaligraph-calls-out-tanzanian-rappers/). His clarity and seamless flow went to show how grown he is in the game. “Steph Kapela skuizi ni mdomo ma rapper wengine Saba chini,” was the highlight of his verse. Throwing shots!

“Just like Steve wengi hu wonder kwani me ni nani?” That was Unspoken Salatan introducing himself. Salatan has shone bright this year and is probably one of the fastest-growing rappers in the game. His inclusion shows he’s made an impact on the game. His verse poised rap quotables and laughable lines, which is quite commendable.

Tricks HR, another rapper from the coast after Edrin, delivered like he was supposed to. His Swahili flow was the hardest on the list. Tricks had wordplay that fit perfectly within the track. His Elon Musk line was out of the box. Hip-hop heads will be impressed by it. Tricks HR took the cypher a rocket higher with bar-for-bar lines, wordplay, and rap quotables from the beginning of his verse to when he passed the baton to Breeder LW.

Save the last for the best, and that’s what the cypher did. Breeder LW, aka Big Baba, aka Bazenga Daddy, stepped in to conclude. He had probably heard how the other came in because he went in hardest. Breeder LW never fails to disappoint, and apart from putting together the cypher he did not forget to drop a whole jail of bars. His usual slow rap was sped up and had heads banging, and I wondered how he managed to switch it up.

Overall, based on Breeder LW’s “TK Cypher” review, the artists brought their best in making the cypher a vibe worth listening to. Averagely, the cypher may earn a B score, which is okay for a Premier cypher with new acts.

Also read: https://highonbars.com/domani-munga-the-king-of-hooks-in-the-kenyan-rap/

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