Chocha by Khaligraph Jones emerges as a game changer in the vibrant Kenyan hip-hop scene. While Sewersydaa has curved his niche addressing socio-political extremism, Khaligraph’s latest release doesn’t just step into the ring; it demands attention, flips the script, and alters the entire game.

Renowned for his reserved demeanor and a tendency to fire shots at both peers and critics, Khaligraph, the Yego hitmaker takes a bold leap into societal vibes. This time, it’s a departure from the familiar in-your-face style that fans have come to expect from him. Collaborating with Vince on the Beat,  the track takes on a club-friendly rhythm, showcasing a side of Khaligraph that signals a refreshing break from the norm.

In a straightforward interview with High On Bars, Ares66, one of Khaligraph’s producers, reveals the symbiotic exchange of rap quotes between Wakadinali and Khaligraph. The fusion is evident as Scar Mkadinali’s iconic “firifiri” line from “Sikutambui” from “Ndani Ya Cockpit 3” finds its way into Khaligraph’s verse, “and Omolo feature ni ka firifiri kwa dema.” It’s a perfect artistic camaraderie.

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Maina Kageni Approves “Chocha” by Khaligraph Jones

In a notable show of support, legendary Classic FM presenter Maina Kageni throws his considerable influence behind “Chocha” by Khaligraph Jones on social media. Kageni’s influence is undeniable as he commands a huge following in Kenya. This endorsement propels the track into the spotlight, capturing the attention of Kenyan audiences with its infectious hook and impactful verses.   

Maina Kageni’s X post hyping “Chocha” by Khaligraph Jones

Khaligraph fearlessly confronts the prevalent ignorance among Kenyan voters, bluntly highlighting their recurring mistakes with the line, “…mlibanja sana hamtaki Uhuru sai imebamba sana wapi nduru.” 

His advice extends beyond critique, offering sage guidance to Raila Odinga, urging him to maintain a passive stance on the political space with a statesman-like counsel –“baba in to maintain kanyo kanyo.” Personally aligned with Khaligraph’s sentiments, I see ‘merit’ in the call for the president to consider an additional five years in office because as he asserts, “na nyi Wakenya lazma mkue na msimamo.” It’s a call to action, urging Kenyans to hold steadfast in their convictions, recognizing the pivotal role they play in shaping the destiny of the nation.

Khaligraph Jones Went Hard With “Chocha” Message

In his lyrics, Khaligraph declares, “A Genge Grammy tungeletewa na Kansoul, sahii kenya ni ka akuna reggae ama dancehall ndo Konshens aku juu ya ngwete hapo Sanford.” 

However, a certain irony surfaces as Khaligraph denounces the special treatment of foreign artists in Kenya to the detriment of local talent. Authenticity is lacking when considering The Kansoul’s role, as they not only embraced but later abandoned Gengetone, a genre originating from the ghettos. The premature demise of Gengetone can be attributed partly to The Kansoul’s inability to sustain its vulgar nature due to age constraints and a shift in agenda.

This situation sheds light on the broader issue of gatekeepers in the music industry, who often erect barriers hindering many talented artists. The preference for foreign acts on the international stage worsens the struggle for local talent. As long as industry gatekeepers prioritize monetary gains over a genuine passion for music, the road to meaningful progress appears elusive.

In Khaligraph’s lament, “bloggers hawaverify story,” the question arises: how can bloggers obtain credible information when Kenyan artists carry themselves like deities, aloof and distant? The solution, it seems, lies in artists connecting with their fan base, as genuine approval necessitates mingling and fostering real connections.

Contrary to popular belief, the culprits responsible for undermining the Kenyan music industry are not the bloggers who may occasionally “glorify chocha.” Instead, the true saboteurs are those who recklessly lifted the credibility veil, allowing figures like Stivo Simple Boy to amass disproportionate audiences that defy reason and merit. This unbalanced elevation poses a significant threat to the industry’s integrity and hinders the recognition of deserving talents.

Rating Khaligraph’s “Chocha”

“Chocha” by Khalihraph Jones follows the jazzy Asante,” a track that featured the soulful singer, Kusah, and produced by Cukie Dady. The accompanying video, directed by Ricky Bekko, brings simplicity and quality, effectively allowing fans to immerse themselves in the music. Kudos to Khaligraph for a job well done in delivering an engaging auditory and visual experience.

RATING: 3.5 Out of 5

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