Sierra Leone’s top rapper Amara DenisTuray aka Kao Denero has literally been ignored by African rappers, more especially by the Kenyan rapper Khaligraph Jones, whom he directed a diss track titled ‘KENYATTA’ about 3 weeks ago. Kao Denero threw a shot at rappers claiming to be Kings of rap/hip hop in Africa.
The Black Leo CEO felt that these rappers have falsely claimed to be the best in Africa and decided to tell them that Sierra Leone has better talents. “Stop sleeping on Sierra Leone”, he says in his track.
This came after Khaligraph engaged in a lyrical contest with Nigerian rapper, Blaqbonez after bagging the Best Hip Hop Award in the Sound City MVP awards in Nigeria. The African rap supremacy contest was, however proliferated by another Nigerian rapper M.I Abaga in his ‘Martell Cypher 2’, inviting a battle with his country rappers like Vector, Blaqbonez, and the Ghanaian rapper, Joe at each other with the Cameroonian rapper – Jovi. The battle goes beyond borders, with rappers from other countries proving their might. Shadow Boxxer was the first Sierra Leonean rapper to jump into the pool with his ‘M.I Was’ diss track. He spat some venomous jibes but M.I Abaga retreated to his locker.
However, although Kao couldn’t get the response he wanted from these rappers, he has got some attention and relevance in the African hip hop arena, and by extension, Sierra Leone music is on the spotlight in Africa. Since Kao released the KENYATTA track, many YouTubers and bloggers from South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Cameroon and more have been reacting to more Sierra Leonean songs. It was quite the case that most of them knew nothing or much about Salone music in the past until they heard Kao’s latest track. What he made clear in his track is that they can have the many views and huge followings on social media, but lyrically, they can’t stand him. A statement many people agree with.
Sierra Leoneans from various facets of society have been supportive to Kao in the past weeks. More and more music lovers from Sierra Leone are on social media defending and commending the rapper for his break in the hip hop arena in Africa, and therefore, consider him as the New King of African rap.
Whatever positions the other rappers take, it is just quite clear that Kao has proved a point and Sierra Leone music is being discussed around Africa and beyond in the past 3 weeks more ever before.