Courtesy of #UnKutTheCypher, this is the official audio of the All Star set featuring Dope-I-Mean, Asum Garvey, Baller, Dj Mandy and K Green. You can stream the audio above but below we will let you know who is who on the set.
NB: The All Star Set featured artists who were ‘fan favorites’ from season one, based on interaction online.
Dope-I-Mean kicks off the set as he pledges allegiance to Hip-Hop and the movement that is Shrap (a combination of Sheng and Trap) as well as addressing the crooked system where artists claim to do Hip-Hop but are using it to masquerade something else. Dope-I-Mean, derived from dopamine, is not only a rapper but a singer and poet with the moniker “Wayne Tha Floet”. He is a member of Alliance Domini Family *AD Fam) and recently released a five track EP titled “Mean.Time”.
Asum Garvey, a product of HotBox Music, is well known for his lyricism, wit and hella bars!
Born Malcolm Garvey, Asum derived from “awesome” and “a sum”, meaning that he is the sum of awesomeness in any genre that he decides to jump on. He embarked on his music career as a teenager, drawing inspiration for his craft from personal life experiences. Currently Asum Garvey has 2 solo projects to his name, My Discovery, released in 2014 and ‘The Exercise EP’, released in 2016.
Listen to his latest single “No Drama” featuring Hotbox Music label mates, Thayu Mwas and Saleem.
Hailing from the streets of Rongai, Baller 1254 and fellow rappers Dope Boy and Hoody OG came together to from Strictly Black Music (SBM). This is a solid unit of three rappers who dabble in rapping, song writing, singing and production. His main entrance into the KE Hip-Hop scene was his feature on Uneek’s “That’s My Word”. Baller is currently working on a full project set for release at a date later to be announced.
DJ Mandy was first brought to Hip Hop fans’ attention with the remix to E-40’s Choices in October last year. She has since steadily built up a fan base with freestyles on her social media pages. Her latest freestyle is “MandyQuin”, on Lil Kim’s “Whoa” beat. A DJ as well, DJ Mandy raps about her dreams and ambition on Back2Basics. Originally not on the All Star set, DJ Mandy just happened to be in the studio when the recording was happening and since there was no female on it, the team decided that it would be a good idea to have her on it and she definitely matched up to her male counterparts.
25 year old rapper K Green (AD Family) doesn’t take off his Ray Bans for anything! His manager says, it’s because he’s attached to them, like his lucky charm. Green started rapping 7 years ago, starting off start with Dancehall music and surprisingly for an entertainer, Kevin is an introvert. You can check out his latest music video, “Boss Iko”, extracted from Pacho’s slogan, “Na tuko tu Pacho kwani boss iko nini?” which is Kenyan slang for “We’re chilling at home without a bother.”
The third edition of UnKut the Cypher will be held on June 4th 2017. More details will be released over time.