In Kenya’s hip-hop scene, everyone talks about Octopizzo and Khaligraph beef. Artists are gunning for Octopizzo – from the A-listers to the scrappiest rappers – and let’s be real, it’s mostly fueled by jealousy.

Take Virusi Mbaya, straight outta Kibera Namba Nane, for example. Post Octopizzo’s sitdown with Mwafrika on the Iko Nini Podcast, Virusi dropped Death of Octotune,” a diss track that screams bitterness and underground vibes. Dude’s got talent, no doubt, but what a waste!

 Scar Mkadinali, is one of Kenya’s rap heavyweights. When he said in an interview that Virusi Mbaya is up there with Tupac as his inspiration, it’s like he handed Virusi the golden ticket to ignore Octopizzo’s flashy lifestyle.

Yeah, Octo’s got the money and threads, but when it comes to spitting bars, Virusi should stand tall. 

Kayvo Kforce’s setting the mic on fire, no question – hotter flames than Octopizzo. But here’s the head-scratcher. Why’s he throwing shade in sneak disses at Octo?

And, just a side note for Kayvo, maybe he should check his Spotify stats. Good EPs, but the numbers are playing hide and seek. Priorities, man!

Let’s roll to something legit – the Octopizzo Khaligraph Jones beef. That’s where the real action is.

If you’re a die-hard Kenyan hip-hop head, you’re living under a rock if you haven’t caught wind of the never-ending Octopizzo and Khaligraph beef.

 And for those few lost souls who somehow missed the saga, here’s a quick history lesson on how this back-and-forth showdown has been playing out. 

Get ready for the drama!

So back in the WAPI freestyle days in Ngara, the rumor mill spins that Khaligraph straight-up outshone Octopizzo in a rap battle.

No lie, guys – plenty who were there will back me up on that. But, there’s another angle. Some say Khali’s ace card was speed, being the new kid on the block. 

People at WAPI had already vibed to Octopizzo’s slower flow, and Khaligraph’s quick tongue brought a fresh breeze.

Octopizzo, never one to take an L lightly, went full-on inferno mode, storming off the stage, ready to throw down with one of Khali’s hype crew.

It was like a powder keg waiting to blow. And what did Khaligraph do? He hit the studio promptly, crafting I Run 254, a diss track aimed right at Octopizzo. 

No finger pointing here; dissing Octo at that moment was like a rite of passage for Khali’s up-and-coming career. 

Talk about asking for trouble! The beef was officially on!

It’s no doubt Khaligraph been riding on this beef, way more than Octo. He’s flexing on social media with pics of him and Octopizzo.

In Yes Bana,” he raps the line, “na me sina beef na Ohanga, Ohanga hunitaki kwanini? Mbona usifanye traki na mimi.”

Khali, seriously, why the need for Octopizzo’s approval when you were the first to throw shade?

Yeah, there was that moment when Khali said, Shinski collabo hatufanyi? on the same track, but that ship sailed with “Sifu Bwana”, so no need to dwell on it.

Now, Octopizzo’s not the one to keep quiet. While Khali tags him as Ohanga, Octo flips the script, calling him Omollo. These two are playing a lyrical game of cat and mouse! 

In the visuals of the track Go Hard,” Octo throws major shades at Khaligragh.

Someone’s strolling in with fake Nike sneakers and a knockoff Boston Celtics vest, sporting “Autograph” on the back –  the title of  Khaligraph’s 2014 album. But wait for it, that unfortunate soul in the video catches a missile hit later on. 

Octopizzo’s Young Puffy was one hell of a track. The video had Octo strutting in with the swagger of a champ, donning a John Cena WWE spinner belt – pure flex mode. 

But it’s not just about the bling; Octopizzo drops a lion that hits like a knockout punch: “na stage nikipanda buda ingia kwa casket, ngoso mob kumbe ni rachet.” 

Here’s where it gets spicy – just before this, Khaligraph had dropped the critically acclaimed Mazishi.” In the “Mazishi” video, Khali rises from a casket, setting the tone for his casket-themed stage antics. 

Octo’s not one to miss a beat; he’s responding to Khali’s casket moves with his own brand of swagger and wordplay. It’s a lyrical match, and the ring is getting crowded with metaphors and mic drops!

In the grand scheme of Octopizzo and Khaligraph beef, both are undeniably holding their own in the game.

The question of who takes the crown is subjective, and honestly, it doesn’t matter which side you’re on. 

Music is about personal taste, and both artists contribute uniquely to the vibrant Kenyan scene. So what’s your take on this rap saga? 

Join the discussion and let your voice be heard!

Listen to Octopizzo’s new jam, “On My Own” featuring ZEX BILANGILANGI, Suffix and Meek

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