Popular Kenyan rapper Khaligraph Jones repping Kayole 1960 released his long-awaited debut album ‘Testimony 1990’ recently. The project is available on all streaming platforms including Boomplay Music Kenya.
From the 17-track long body of work, you can deduce that Papa Jones has evolved in his craft from delivery, direction, lyricism, storytelling, aesthetics and most importantly, the power of collaborations.
‘Testimony’ track which features Sagini highlights the mental space he was in while handling the project – the pressure to deliver, his success in the music industry, appreciating his fans and the loopholes of the flawed game.
Some of the topics Khali covers on the project include the overly overlooked mental health issue. Getting over depression on ‘Blessing’ track paints a picture of his personal struggles with his upbringing and career until the point he made it. A personal narration of his journey while urging upcoming cats to keep the dream alive for life.
He also covers social issues like Instagram honnies who are always lurking, politicians screwing the electorate over, the middle class alienating themselves from politics yet they are affected same way, ladies always hinting for sponsors, drugs affecting the youth and the generation of glorifying the plastic quick-buck life.
He has employed some strong collabos on this debut album. The likes of up and coming Timmy Blanco, Sagini, Fena, RIA, the international cats like Nigeria’s YCEE, Mr. Eazi, Esco, Tanzania’s Ray C, Rostam and K.O all have a handy contribution.
The production aspect of the projects stands out as well with the like of Magix Enga, Motiff, and the whole Blue Ink Corp crew did an amazing job.