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Change EP: Steph serves it up to the Kenyan scene

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The Kenyan music scene is fast growing into a cocktail of diversity. In a scene where artists like Ethic, Xenia Manasseh and King Kaka are able to thrive, anything is surely possible. This is especially so coming off the back of the great music year that 2019 was. As we close out the first month of a new decade Kenyan acts are picking up from where they left off.  One of the most notable acts is Steph. The versatile lyricist has been bubbling under and after dropping bangers such as ‘Papaya dreams’ and ‘For EA Girls’ in 2019, 2020 felt like it could only be hers for the taking. And take she did with her first serving to the Kenyan music scene; Change. Here’s a track by track review of her debut project

1.) Nairobi intro

Like any proper rap project, ‘Nairobi intro’ starts off with some gassing up but also doubles as an ode to Nairobi. In 2 minutes and 2 seconds she manages to show she’s down for Nairobi and introduce herself to the scene with perfect flow.

2.) Marathon

As the title alludes, this song pays respect to the late Nipsey Hussle. This is however not all that is packaged within the song. Reminiscent of something from PRO ERA’s ‘peep the aprocalypse’, Steph and BV Accurate use this as a chance to get some things off their chest. BV Accurate’s shot at Octopizzo however takes the cake for most shocking revelation.

3.) For EA Girls

Arguably the best song on the project. The island vibes on this song complimented by the immaculate production show just how versatile Steph can be. On top of the fact that this is specially dedicated to East African girls, she might have a timeless gem on her hands.

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4.) None O Dem

Steph’s sound is  largely grime-influenced. Although this is expressed through subtle nuances in some songs, she goes all out on None O Dem. Supported by intimidating production she delivers her darkest performance yet.

5.) Papaya Dreams

The lead single off her first serving, Change. Papaya dreams is yet another song that puts the enigmatic talent that is Steph on display. Her ability to integrate retro r&b and island vibes whilst still keeping it her, is mind blowing.

6.) Boyfie Riddim

If you were oblivious to her island influence, here’s your proof. Although the title suggests that the song would be similar to ‘For EA Girls’ she switches things up slightly. Keeping the bouncy flow, she allows herself to just playfully spit as opposed to sing-rapping.

7.) Change outro

From the onset it dispels curtain call vibes, something like ‘Note to self’ from Forest hills drive. But instead of acting like the close of a chapter it feels like the ushering of a new era. Steph’s era.

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New movie alert or nah?

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A movie poster by the title Escape is doing rounds on social media and has caused a frenzy. The reason? It features three of the greatest criminal masterminds recent in movie/film history. Supposedly directed by ‘Dilichi’ the poster features Wentworth Miller aka Michael Scofield from Prison break, James Spader aka Reddington from The Blacklist and  Alvaro Morte  aka The Professor from Money Heist.


The film which is supposedly meant to air on streaming service Netflix has fans of the three shows excited over the three criminal geniuses working together. Naturally, the poster elicited reactions from thousands of social media users with many wondering why they have not spotted the seemingly action-filled movie on the platform until the poster’s creator revealed the truth.

Much to the disappointment of many, the poster is not real and is merely wishful thinking by visual artist @TheDilichi on Twitter.

However,  fans are already rallying for the three actors to come together and work on a similar project.

 

 

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Tanasha Donna finally opens up on breakup with Diamond   

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Tanasha Donna has today finally opened up about her breakup with Diamond Platnumz. The 24-year old mother of one took to Facebook to share with her fans the reasons behind the breakup with Tanzanian music star Diamond.

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The radio presenter  and singer said she believed Diamond had changed his bad behaviours and had turned over a new leaf but that was not the case.

“I believed this man is a changed person but his actions proved me wrong,” she said.

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Tanasha recently unfollowed Diamond platnumz on Instagram and even went a step further to delete his pictures from her social media page. She expressed regret at having to part ways with Diamond’s family as they had grown close during the duration of her relationship with Diamond.

“It’s time for me to say goodbye to Dangote’s family. Heartbreaking news, it’s over between the two of us. God knows why this had to happen. Let me move on with my life,” part of the post read.

Tanasha and Diamond have been dating for close to a year now and have a baby together. The couple seemed to be getting on well and had even released a song together called Gere before things went south.

READ ALSO: Finally! Diamond and Tanasha show off baby

Kenyans reaction to the breakup

Kenyans had mixed reactions as some rushed to console Tanasha while others admonished her. Hundreds of comments poured in from shocked fans who had been following the couple closely.

“That is not the end of the world, Zari did the same. She moved on too. Don’t stress yourself. These days women are working harder and harder to live peaceful lives,” Yuppamungu Damale commented.

“But you harakishad things even the ancestors were so annoyed. You knew very well Diamond was a community hubby and he is still the same,” Clementine Toto said.

“Excellent Tanasha, it’s really heartbreaking but life goes on. Let God deal with his karma. Only you, him and God knows what you have been going through,” Abrah Swabrah said.

 

 

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American rapper Megan Thee Stallion sues record label

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Megan Thee Stallion, the American rapper behind platinum-selling record ‘Hot girl summer’ is suing her record label to get off her contract.

Megan, real name Megan Ruth Pete, is suing 1501 Certified Entertainment claiming that the record label is preventing her from releasing her music, news she first shared on Instagram. The singer also took to Twitter to share her frustrations on the contract’s terms which highly favoured the label over the artist.

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According to the rapper, 1501 would take 60% of Megan’s earnings as well as nearly all of her touring income while expecting her to pay for featured artists and sound mixers and engineers with the remainder. Additionally, her lawsuit claimed the label had made ‘false representations’ about the company that at 20 years, she could not have understood.

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The situation attracted mixed reactions with some internet users faulting Megan for not reading the contract properly while others sided with her. Defending herself, the rapper claimed that although she read the contract she only came to understand the implications last year when she got new management.

Fans rallied behind the rapper and singer with #FreeTheeStallion calling out the record label and anticipating her new music.

Thankfully, Megan got reprieve after a judge granted a temporary order. This allows her to release new music on March 6. The judge’s ruling also reportedly prevents 1501 from threatening Megan on social media.

Other stars who have fallen prey to greedy record labels include Taylor Swift and legendary singer Prince. The latter had  to re-record all her hits while Prince took to writing ‘slave’ on his face with eyeliner.

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