The unforgiving rise of hardcore rap in Nairobi’s eastern area has been boosted by tracks like “Mungu 3” by Domani Munga. It has also dealt a death blow to Gengetone and the once-exploited “gospel Music.” These genres, which once dominated the airwaves, now lie in the dust. Let’s be real, very few mourn this loss because Nairobi’s musical scene has undergone a huge shift.

Kenya once boasted a vibrant industry whose tunes had the likes of 2 Face Idibia benchmarking. Then we found ourselves sliding into an era where a group calling themselves ‘gospel artists’ sought to take over our industry with cunning force, pocketing millions with a brazen lack of remorse.

Gengetone and Gospel’s Demise: Musical Shift

The demise of Gengetone was no accident; it fell victim to those who championed it for cheap and obvious rhyming, entangled in a reckless competition of vulgarity. It’s like they brought a kitchen knife to a gunfight, and honestly, who’s genuinely surprised by the apparent outcome? Then Wakadinali brought about the reckoning that got artists falling like candles.

Let’s talk about “Mungu 3″ by Domani Munga, the third installment in the powerhouse “Mungu” series, currently stretching to “Mungu 6.” 

Domani Munga vs Nyashinski and the Autopsy Report

I’ll make a bold claim – Domani Munga outshines Nyashinski; there, I said it. Before the insults erupt, let’s peruse the autopsy report. Munga claims the crown of hooks, crafting every melodic masterpiece you’ve heard on a Wakadinali hit. Compare that to Nyashinski’s stint with the Kleptomaniax, and the contrast is overwhelming. Then to add to that, you’ve seen Scar Mkadinali go MIA in several tracks across the Wakadinali albums. Sewersydaa takes leave at will.

Domani’s Freestyle Fury on “Mungu 3”

The Umoja, Nairobi rhyme god, in “Mungu 3” unleashes a relentless six-minute freestyle to show other artists and fans alike that he can be as vicious as Scar Mkadinali when the chips are down. Many people notoriously think of Scar as the best rapper alive here in Kenya, and rightfully so. If you know Domani for his violent catchy hooks, he does an extended display on “Mungu 3,” a freestyle without a hook. Just pure RAP! And with every line, he goes for the kill with missile bars.

“Mungu 3” by Domani Munga may just be his most vital record.

In the style of Kalamashaka‘s Johny Vigeti (undeniably the illest rapper to ever grace a  Kenyan mic), Domani Munga adopts a similar approach in “Mungu 3.” He’s laying open his innermost thoughts, compelling his fans to decipher the mystery that is Domani Munga. But be warned, he doesn’t make it a walk in the park for those attempting to unravel his message.

Mungu 3’s delivery is so direct courtesy of Domani Munga’s extreme lyrical ability. He steps into the spotlight, unapologetically to show his lyrical mastery while displaying his exceptional flows and best top-tier bragging styles. Credit is due to Big Beats Afriq for carving this masterpiece, skilfully recording, mixing, and mastering – an injection of fresh air for the OGs who had almost resigned to the idea that Kenyan traditional hip-hop might never make a triumphant return. “Mungu 3” by Domani Munga emerges as the beacon, guiding the resurrection of the classic hip-hop sounds that had seemingly faded into the shadows.

Domani Munga as the Lyrical Instructor

The ‘Mungu 3 Domani’ isn’t your typical Wakadinali fare, as seen in the likes of “Ndani Ya Cockpit” albums, or the “Victims of Madness.” This version of Munga assumes the role of an instructor, a lyrical professor schooling other rappers.

As he spits,

naku’despise ka’ dingo ameona Eastlando malights/ mesmarise me ni historical site/ naleta joto ‘uwezi saidika labda miracle za Christ/ juu hii flow ni moto ni ka Sidika avae stiletto na tights/ Kuweni cool mastude s’kizeni lecture za mode/ so ni school nawa’take us’fanye homework on monday/ I’m sorry fools mki’hate me napenya ‘izi mapande/ solid rules nazi’break design ya Moses na tablet,” it’s a lesson plan in session. 

“Mungu 3” by Domani Munga vs “Kim Jong Un”

Munga Domani’s “Mungu” series unfolds like an open-ended book, with no definite conclusion in sight as it delves deeper into his solo discography. The only contender worthy of sharing a spotlight with “Mungu 3” is “Kim Jong Un” from the timeless album “Victims of Madness.” While this track features Sewersydaa, it’s no sacrilege to say that Munga owned the narrative.  The mere contemplation of what a verse from Scar Mkadinali might have unleashed on this composition is enough to stir the imagination – a hypothetical bloodbath.

Mungu 3’s Unearthly Lyrics

“Mungu 3” has a mindblowing wordplay out of this world. For the gangsta hip-hop legions who hung up their boots post the twilight of Ukoo Flani, this track is a rallying cry, a reason to proudly wear the badge of traditionalism. We finally have a rapper with a mastery of metaphors that dissect street thuggery, reveal groupie life, and expose the facade of fake lifestyles.

Munga’s Promise

In the closing bars of the 2017 track, Domani raps,” gracias amigos kwa ku’spare time kuniskia/ come forth na me joh ntakupea fun through this year,” a promise fulfilled and an ongoing commitment to deliver the joy of his craft. 

With “Mungu 3” by Domani Munga, the rap aficionados of Kenya find themselves in the presence of a lyricist and an architect of a new era. He stands for a revival of tradition wrapped in the contemporary voice of Nairob’s hardnock streets.

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