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Rapper Khaligraph Jones talk of his upcoming album

You’ve been dropping new music, left, right and centre; that can’t be easy.

Work continues and we only add more intensity to it. We need to level up with the rest of the world and I believe we can only attain that through hard work.

Talk to us about your upcoming album, Testimony 1990.

The album was supposed to drop in January this year, but I felt it wasn’t the right time. While I have more than seven mixtapes under my belt, this will be my first album.

Testimony 1990 will be different from any other album because it will have 17 new tracks — none but my team are familiar with the tracks. I have worked with different people and I know my fans and music lovers in general will love it.

Critics have it that you decided to drop it after pressure from your rival Octopizzo.

Talk is cheap and critics are nothing but critics. My album drops June 12 and I will be setting new trends once I release it.

Talk to us about your label Blue Inc?

Blue Inc, like any other company, has a structure with me as the CEO at the apex. However, we work as a team of five, and each individual plays a different role. We meet, plan and strategise. Sometimes, I am at the office by 6am, and other times, I pull an all-nighter recording.

When I started it, I felt there was a commercial gap for artistes in the way they handle their recordings. There are a lot of young people who are gifted musically, but lack the platform to showcase their talent — Blue Inc offers solutions.

At this moment, I think every professional artiste needs a base of production where you can make your products uninterrupted and consistently. As a business, we are growing steadily and big things are about to pop.

You recently signed Sagini under your label. How’s that going?

Sagini is talented — that’s one of the major reasons we signed him. He is one of the freshest rappers in 254 and he recently released his new song Ki2 Ingine. The audio was done by Aloyo and the video directed by Trey Juelz. Soon, there will be more valuable additions to the label.

You seem to court controversy…

Khaligraph Jones is not just a rapper, but also an entertainer. Whatever I do seems to create headlines and I don’t complain either. It’s only that at times, you media people exaggerate it.

The rumour mill has it you and the talented beauty Cashy, are no longer an item. Is there any truth to this?

Cashy and I are not together and we moved on. At the moment I don’t want to think about relationships or such things. I have a business to run and music to create — that’s how things are at the moment.

This weekend, you are slated to perform in Kisumu. Looking forward to the show?

Omollo, nimetoka Bondo — I’ll be in my home turf! I will be performing at the Guinness Fanzone at the Simba Union. This will be an awesome experience sharing the stage with the likes of musicians Nameless, Jua Cali, funnyman Jalang’o, to name but a few. It will be a great night for music and football fans.

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