It is official! Khaligraph Jones is a Nigerian citizen. First off, a little backstory – Mr. Jones has been on the warpath with most Nigerian rappers after his win at the Sound City MVP Awards in Lagos, Nigeria.
Blaqbonez, one of the Nigerian rappers, didn’t take that loss kindly and blasted Sound City for getting it all wrong by awarding Khaligraph instead of picking him.
The real O.G doesn’t tolerate disrespect and released a diss track called, Best Rapper in Nigeria, in whichhe utterly terrorised Blaqbonez on the diss track.
Blaqbonez duly responded with his own track that was pretty good, giving a great account of himself but Khaligrap’s track was still pre-eminent.
Since then, Kenyans, Nigerians, South Africans and Ghanaians have been awed by the rapper’s skill and have declared him the premier lyricist in Africa.
Khaligraph took his victory over Blaqbonez with all the humility and magnanimity only he could muster; You got it! The rapper now has Nigerian documentation following his demolition of most Nigerian rappers!
In a now-viral photo that he posted on his Instagram page, the rapper showed off his new Nigerian I.D. Guess what his Nigerian name is?
His move has excited most Kenyans with many thrilled by Omollo’s chutzpah. What do you think of Ikechukwu’s facetious move?
She explained that the image was taken back in 2017, hence giving their fans some idea of when the two met and how long they’ve been together. She wrote, ‘This was the first day, even as I was this beat, he still believed I was bomb. This was back in 2017.’
Whichever way, you can see that Georgina has been with the rapper even before his meteoric rise on the Kenyan rap scene. Good for her.
Founder and CEO of Blu Ink, Khaligraph Jones started his music career from nothing. In 2004 he made his debut in a studio as a duo with gospel singer Hopekid.
He tells Word Is all about it.
“I came from something but it was nothing compared to the standards that I’ve set right now. The perception people have is that I come from a very well-off background-but that’s not the case”
“I started rapping when I was a kid. I started with gospel music around 2004 when I recorded my very first song. Hopekid and I had formed a group in Kayole because we were in the same school. We didn’t have a name for the group, we all had our own individual names. The producer really rushed me, I was 13-years old when I first hit the studio. At the time there weren’t many studios. I was with Hopekid but it was a memorable moment.”
Four years later, he went solo and chose to get into the secular world.
“I officially got onto the stage as Khaligraph Jones in 2008 at a function called (WAP) Words And Pictures. That’s where I launched my career as a rapper and I was no longer doing gospel music. I wanted to create my own path. At the time I felt like everyone was doing gospel music. I wasn’t comfortable and I didn’t want to lead a life that I am not living. I didn’t want to preach water and drink wine.”
“In 2009 I took part in the channel O MC Africa competitions, they were seeking to find the best rapper to represent Kenya on the international map and I emerged the winner. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a passport and ID and I was still in high school, so I didn’t proceed. I used that as a stepping stone to launch my career professionally in 2012.”
Back in the day, he was a young man with only dreams of the next meal he was going to put in the table “We didn’t have money for food or transport, so our dreams were limited. I’d say to myself, ‘dream that I eat chips and chicken tomorrow’ until time progressed and our perspective broadened. Then I began to live life. But we didn’t have dreams, we just wanted to eat.”
“My purpose for doing music is not the fame or money that comes with it, it’s because I’m passionate about it. So even when I was going through these trials and tribulations, I tried harder, I was passionate about it. I am talented so irrespective of whatever situation, I’m still gonna be vocal with my music.”
Rapper Kristoff was one of the first people who collaborated with Khaligraph who later introduced him to rapper STL and blew up in the remix to the song Biashara.
“I was introduced to STL by Kristoff, we used to be very close. I bumped to him on Facebook and we started communicating. Then I featured him on the song We Be Happening,which was a banger and was received well. At the time, I didn’t know anybody. So STL wanted to do the remix of the track Biashara a year later, she came back from Norway and we did the video. In 2012 he was 22 years old.”
The hitmaker says he wouldn’t change a thin given a chance to go back in time
“I wouldn’t try to change anything. God has elevated me to a position where I’m a person of influence. I’d tell myself to keep on grinding, be on your hustle and God is gonna open doors.”
Unlike other artistes, Jones describes his coming into the industry as “rebellious”
“I was dissing people and I’m an upcoming artiste. I didn’t come into the industry as everyone did. I was different. I was vocal and that’s how I made my name. I’m the best at what I do. I came in as a rebel. Because of the talent that I had, they had no option but to accept me. I made my way through the industry. I never packed my self to fit into people’s expectations. I was the OG when I started and I am the OG now.
Until now, Jones maintains that he will continue to be vocal in his day-to-day life “People call me asking me to address issues on their behalf. I play a very big role in the industry. People who are afraid of speaking out and have issues that make sense.
Out of all the artistes in Kenya, if there is an artist that has worked with many upcoming artistes it is me. I don’t discriminate and I work with people on the basis of talent and not money and if I am in a position to put you in the spotlight, I will do that. But as much as I want to, I can’t help everybody. If you are doing music, be patient, do more music and things will work out.”
He campaigned on the #PlayKe a revolution that came to be, thanks to the rapper who was willing to save the industry
“I believe we’ve made strides into achieving success and of the debate #PlayKe, Gengertone cam, We have all these kids from Sailors, Ethic, Rico Gang, Ochngungulo family, Zzero Sufuri. We have a lot of them who are coming up and it shows that the campaign was successful. Kenyan music is on another level right now. In Kenya, people release a video and it hits one legit million views in a few days.”
Although he got into the industry vocal about what he believes in, Jones says he is the most dissed artiste so far in the country
“I have been dissed. I have been dissed the most. Khaligraph disses are so many. I never take these things personally. People who don’t know me think I’m arrogant but it’s what I went through. I had to undergo a lot in the industry so that upcoming artistes have less struggle. You can’t compare where the industry is now and where it was a few years ago. I do music for a living and everything I have, I got it off the music. I built a brand and it attracts people, so they put money on the table.”The struggles of his life have been put into many of his tracks, especially one that he holds especially dear.
“I source for useful advice from whoever. There is a song called For Life in my album Testimony 1990 that I put out n 2018. That’s my favourite track of all time. I highlight some of the stuff that I went through before I came up.”
Late this year, he hit the headlines for being accused of threatening a DJ, something he denies.
“Some people don’t understand that when an artiste is called to perform they have a responsibility of ensuring that fans are entertained. If anything is to go wrong, the fans won’t blame the DJ, they’ll say Khaligraph’s performance was boring. As a DJ, you need to do what you are supposed to do. Don’t be over-excited and play your drops that make the artiste look like a fool. The DJ’s reputation will be maintained but the artiste will go with bad press and there are corporates who watch me perform and they don’t want shoddy performance.”
He adds, “I have my own DJ but I can’t go with him to every event that I’m called for. Sometimes I work with in-house DJs.”Surprisingly, the rapper is one who has the simplest riders in town “I roll very simply. I keep time in events and I don’t ask for unthinkable things. Like in a club there are towels, energy drinks and thinks like that. My manger does most of the talking, I just need parking, water, security and it’s a wrap.”
He is a multi-award-winning artist who has been recognised more outside than at home.
“Awards mean that people are appreciating your efforts, it gives you the motivation to work even more. When I see that happen, I see God opening doors and people acknowledging my efforts. Until the other day, I had never been awarded in Kenya. I never complain I’m always grateful.
In 2012, I made a tweet that I will get to BET and I was laughed at. People made fun of me. I’m gonna win and I’m gonna go back to that tweet. I once said I’m gonna be the best rapper in East Africa, look at me now.”
But why does he use AKAs other than Khaligraph Jones?
“Both are my names, I went for a certain interview in 2013 and after I did my freestyle, the radio presenter called me Papa Jones, from then, that’s when the name stuck as one of my AKAs.”
He confesses that his recent mindblowing songs Ruby and Boni were not a result of his own life experience
“Ruby is not from my personal experience, this is the story of what one of my friends went through and before that, I had released Boni. I get these stories from people. I made it mine and spiced it up and made a song out of it.”For the first time ever, Khaligraph opens up about the deaths of Sagini, his former signee and the legendary rapper Kantai
“I never knew Kantai. I only knew him because I was a fan. I loved his music and I loved him as a fan. When we did Timbadimalo, I was still coming up. I looked for him and it wasn’t easy, did a song and media tour and that’s how it ended. After that he released some music. I never saw him since. When he passed away, I was told not to go to the funeral, that I led him into depression and took his style and ran with it. I met with him only twice. I didn’t know him personally and I believe he was going through personal issues. Kantai to me was like Jay Z. Where were these people who were saying that I didn’t help?”
“I wanted to attend, but the mum told me not to. The information was sent through some guy. So, we mobilised some money and sent it. Kanati inspired me and that will never change. The information was hurtful and because I didn’t go to the funeral, people spoke not knowing what was happening behind the scenes. ”
“With Sagini, people said I also never helped him. He left my label six months before his death. People were always looking for someone to blame. I don’t have everything. I have a family and many people are depending on me.I have sung with so many artistes and If anything happens to them, it doesn’t mean I have caused it.”
“The other day I was driving and I saw a video on YouTube written, “Khaligraph Jones Failed Me.” If someone approaches me to help, I can only give what I can. Sometimes people have big expectations. He came to my studio and he performed during my album launch, that was the deal. I decide to keep the kid close but music wants a lot of time before you get money. That’s a young kid who is coming up. I will help you where I can. Imagine, even my cousins wantt me to help them.”But what does music mean to this mogul?
“Music is everything to me. I am not driven by fame and money. Its is passion.”
The rapper wants to be remembered “for doing what most people thought wold be impossible. I started a revolution. It was possible. They stared playing Kenyan music. Right now you can also tell a person that you are an artiste and believe that ithttps://classic105.com/’s a good career, I want to be remembered for instilling that. ”
Also as you enjoy yourself this festive season, I’d like to inform you that the OG does not drink…At all!
He also added that it will depend on the times. ‘All that depends with the times and the situation. I can’t say I won’t do it because when I go back to Kayole and I see the reception from the people and how they treat me, then I see a possibility of wanting to take that route,’ said the rapper with the American twang’.
Sauti Sol’s Bien was of a different opinion, completely shttuing down the notion saying he will never join politics because he would not like to lie to people, as all politicians do.
‘Never ever guys. I love my life, I love my wife and I plan to live a very peaceful life and to be a politician you must lie. I don’t want to lie… on a different level I think there are still ways of how I can impact society not only through my craft but with the influence I have to bring better resources to the youth around me and to give artists a platform,’ said Bien.
The two had appeared on JKLive alongside Eric Wainaina where they took part in a conversation on the ripple effect King Kaka’s song Wajinga Nyinyi had caused across the country.
Khaligraph Jones kept the secret of his wife Georgina Muteti just as well as Jalang’o, did with his wife, Amina Chao. The O.G who ‘shall be respected’ hid her so well that many were surprised when he admitted that the two were already married earlier in the year.
Since then, Georgina has become a bigger fixture in his life with the rapper not having an issue been photographed with the mother of his baby girl more frequently.
The rapper is very private about his relationship with her and has not spoken about where and when he met Georgina, something he keeps to himself.
But thank God for TBT photos that give us an idea of how far back they come from. On Monday, Georgina posted a photo of her and Khaligraph Jones back in the day.
From a cursory glance, the image looks to have been taken in the rustic coastal town of Mombasa, with two in a tight embrace, both smiling from ear to ear.
She explained that the image was taken back in 2017, hence giving their fans some idea of when the two met and how long they’ve been together. She wrote, ‘This was the first day, even as I was this beat, he still believed I was bomb. This was back in 2017.’
One can also see that Khaligraph had still not gotten swole like he is now. Not only that, the man looks better with age, or is it the money he is making?
Whichever, you can see that Georgina has been the rapper even before his meteoric rise on the Kenyan rap scene. Good for her.
His wife recently posted an image on her Instastories of Khaligraph ‘breastfeeding’ his daughter.
The image showed the pumped Khaligraph aping the way lactating women normally feed their infants. Muteti was incredulous about what her man was doing. Even her caption was one of surprise and awe mixed in one. The screenshot is below;
Can men, even men who have big breasts like Khlaigraph breastfeed?
Yes, in theory, men can breastfeed. Male breasts have milk ducts, and some mammary tissue. They also have oxytocin and prolactin, the hormones responsible for milk production.
There have been reports of men who were able to produce milk through extensive breast and nipple stimulation, but no one knows whether the milk was of the same composition or quality as the kind women produce.
Using a pump, or a feeding tube (a small silicone tube attached to a plastic bottle filled with formula) at his breast, he might be able to get a baby to latch on and suckle, but how long it would take to produce even drops of milk is anyone’s guess.
The artiste went even so far as to tell pirates that they could sell his music and profit from it as he was fed up with the organisation. If you thought that that was far enough, you have no idea who the O.G really is, do you?
He goes HAM.
In one hilarious dig, Khaligraph noted that MCSK was the reason that the Sauti Sol was so skinny, implying that the group were not paid enough for them to live on.
The image that accompanied the caption was even more humorous, with the artiste posting the picture of a hot cup of tea and a KDF.
His caption read;
Today is Payday, Lol, this is What Artists are Having for Dinner courtesy of MCSK alafu mnashindwa mbona wengine wamekonda, Sauti sol Sitawachokoza Tena, naelewa sasa.
For those in the know, Sauti Sol and Khaligraph Jone have a healthy and friendly back and forth and this dig is part and parcel of that. The two even collaborated on a song dubbed, ‘Rewind’ that was released last year.
He, later on, posted another rib-cracking video showing him spending the money and living large in Lagos.
Lagos Nigeria We here, Living my best life with my 2500 from MCSK but regardless, The OG shall push Boundaries, The OG shall Represent Kenya On That international Market, Some Sacrifices we make are For the greater good, The OG shall be respected.
Like that wasn’t enough, Wednesday evening the OG took to his Instagram once again claiming that he was on his way to Nigeria to seek “Juju Power,” that’s powerful than any other and by the time he returns MCSK ought to pay the over 13,000 Kenyan artists. He claims that the OG must be respected at all means.
Despite the mediocre, Papa Jones has claimed to still represent Kenya internationally regardless and to continue pushing boundaries nevertheless. He adds that some of the sacrifices he makes are for the greater good.
Khaligraph Jones has had enough with the haters and critics alike.
The rapper, who has been on high in recent weeks with a new single and the birth of his firstborn daughter, is taking no prisoners.
He did so on his Instagram stories. According to Khaligraph, no one can tell him how to live his life or how to carry himself; therefore these haters should leave him alone or unfollow him if they don’t like what he is doing.
This has come after the rapper was criticised last week by some who felt that he was shaking his infant too much in a video he posted. He went on to bash the mothers telling him how to handle his baby and as of now, the rapper has made it clear that if he makes anyone uncomfortable with what he posts, then they can unfollow!
That wasn’t all, his wife was also attacked for dressing her daughter in blue by some oversensitive Instagram users. It seems like the birth of his child has been a stalking horse for people who have a problem with the rapper.’
In this world of social media use and increasingly diverse opinions, the rapper and his ilk have become cannon fodder for the trolls.
This isn’t unique to him as this comes with the territory for a public figure. Both David Beckham and his wife Victoria were criticised by some of their followers on their respective Instagram pages after they posted images of themselves kissing their daughter Harper on the lips.
Some felt that it wasn’t right for parents to kiss their children directly on the lips.
Khaligraph Jones is under attack despite his career and his personal life experiencing a purple patch. And what for? His parenting.
A section of Kenyans are unhappy that the rapper seemed to be holding his infant daughter in a video he shared on his Instagram page. In the video, the singer is seen celebrating his new song ‘Leave me alone’ while rockinghis baby girl to sleep. The video is below;
The onslaught was started when a commentator going by the names of Binti.di castigated Khaligraph for shaking his daughter. while he held her. binti.di; dont shake the baby till its brain is fully developed🙄😰😰kwani nyinyi ni wazazi wa wapi
That comment alone opened the floodgates with some others also agreeing with her. Their comments are below;
alesso.marie; @khaligraph_jones mtoto ni wa jamii @binti.di has a point Manzee just say cool kathuremuia; @binti.di you spoke like a parent would ,I saw that too nancyndekere; @binti.di @khaligraph_jones but she is right… Its called shaken baby syndrome. Their fragile brain moves back and forth inside the skull. This causes bruising, swelling and bleeding rosemaryogambe: @khaligraph_jones sincerely speaking amekwambia ukweli usipuuze…. Katoi badokanakuwa usikatingishe hivyo….we love you and your baby to….. Nivyema kuskiza
hamfoh_; @binti.di People like omolo walitoroka shule, they don’t even understand brain development, 1dmcjacci; @khaligraph_jones no need of kuongea matope.. Na hata hujui uchungu WA kuzaa.. Nkts… The baby is not even a month old na unamtingisha Kama uji… Usipochunga utajua hujui…. remmykip; Wewe OG unaadvisiwa unafura kichwa. You’ll remember her comment. kerubojessica; @binti.di don’t worry dear you were just concerned about the baby lakini ameamua kuleta maringo mingi na hata DNA haijafanya😂
Khaligraph took no prisoners in his response and was unapologetic responding to the Binti saying;
khaligraph_jones; @binti.di wewe mbona Hukua Shaken Ukiwa Mtoto lakini Ukiwa Mkubwa akili Imejaa Uji, Si uzae tu wako uwachana na wa wengine
This is the second time this week that the Khaligraph and his wife are being attacked for their parenting technique. His wife Georgina was attackedby some followers for clothing her toddler in blue instead of blue.
What do you think about the criticism? Valid or just nonsense?
Khaligraph Jones was blessed with a baby last month. The rapper’s wifehas become a bigger fixture in the limelight after she gave birth.
And she is using her bigger status to shun critics who have a problem with the way she is raising her child. One of the issues some of her critics have with her is that she is dressing her baby girl in blue instead of the traditional pink.
She made it clear that she will dress her baby with whichever colors she likes and just because she gave birth to a girl does not mean she has to own pink clothes.
She wrote on her Instagram page;
Y’all for real gotta start minding your business for real, for real 🌚. Ati why do I dress my child in blue clothes🙄🙄! First of all, she is my daughter and she finna wear what I want her to wear! Two, she will wear every color ever invented. Three, who said blue should only be for boys🌚
She also refused to reveal whether she gave birth via CS or by normal pushing, saying that all deliveries are normal.
Georgina isn’t the first celeb to be attacked for how she is raising her child. It comes with the territory when you are a public figure.
Last year, people called out Kim Kardashian out for posing topless with her baby in her arms for a makeup campaign with some finding it unappealing that Kim used the image to share eyeshadow from her KKW Beauty line.
In 2013 Gisele Bündchen shared a photo of her then 8-month-old daughter, Vivian, showing that her ears had been pierced. Many blasted the model for piercing her baby’s ears at such a young age.
Khaligraph Jones has been in the news recently for all the right reasons with his song, ‘Superman’ ruling the Kenyan rap charts.
Another reason is that his wife Georgina Muteti is heavily pregnant, a fact that the rapper is very proud of.
We recently spoke to him about the pregnancy and his wife. We asked him why he had decided to finally show off the face of his wife, Georgina.
He quickly responded that he did not like speaking about his wife in media interviews. But we cajoled him. He refuted the claim that people could see her face and said that the image obscured her face well enough.
We also asked the rapper when his baby was due. He was cagey, saying that we would know it when Georgina gave birth. After some persuasion, he revealed that the due date was ‘any time from now’.
We also spoke to the rapper about his new song, ‘Superman’ and the impact it has had on his reputation. He insisted that any song that he releases does well, saying,
The song I released before Superman was with Masauti and it served its purpose. The same thing with ‘Superman’. We knew exactly what we wanted to achieve with it and we did. The positive aftermath is visible.
He added that he was going to America later on in the week for a couple of events, revealing that the reason for his success was the cumulative work that he had been putting in over the length of his career.
Khaligraph Jones shared an image of his pregnant girlfriend on his social media page yesterday. It showed a proud and muscular Khaligraph standing behind the mother of his soon to be child.
His caption also seemed to suggest the rangi ya thao was starting to notice the gains he had been making in the gym. Something he did not do was, however, reveal her name to the masses but us sleuths were able to unearth the rare gem of a woman who had got the heart of the buff rapper.
Khaligraph’s wife’s name is Georgina Muteti and the rapper confirmed that he was married to her in an exclusive interview on Mpasho.co.ke earlier in the year.
This is the second photo that the rapper has released showing that there was a baby on the way. The first images were hospital scans showing his wife’s uterus but no photos of Georgina herself.
This year has already been a great one for the rapper. His new song, ‘Superman’ has been doing very well on the charts with many seeing him as the arguably the face of Kenyan rap. (Yes, even despite King Kaka’s prestigious visit at Cannes).
Although one must not forget the ugly allegations that bedeviled him from ex-girlfriend Cashy about him being physically abusive towards her.
Cashy also went on several interviews to accuse Khaligraph of trying to steal her shine as she was also expectant and has since birthed a healthy baby.
Willy Paul has been accused of stealing his current song, Bora Uhai, by an upcoming group of artistes called Freelancers.
Freelancers released a song called Bora Uhai two weeks ago, while Willy Paul released his, featuring Khalighraph Jones, on Saturday morning. The group claim the song has the same beats and title as their song.
Group member Brian told Classic 105 FM,
“We started doing music as a dance group of three, and this is our first project we have done.”
Song producer Byron said he is the one who noticed their song was stolen. “After they (Willy Paul and Khaligraph) released the song.
“I listened to it and noticed the beats are the similar to ours, plus even the instrument progression is similar to our song.”
“I had to inform the rest of the group members to also listen. Everything is copied from our song. We decided to call him but he did not pick the phone. We decided to send him a message to which he responded, threatening to sue us, saying
“’Hahaa. Vijana, you don’t know who you are dealing with. I will sue you for defamation. Furthermore I am Pozze. I run this. Yes, I sampled your track. Mtafanya?”
Check out the screen shots;
They had a message for Willy Paul.
“If God opened your way, then why don’t you give us the opportunity as young artistes to shine like you are doing?”
Classic 105 ’ calls and messages to Willy Paul went unanswered.
We can talk about Kenyan rapper Khaligraph Jones all day long. His raw talent is clear to all in the music he puts out. Everyone knows he’s a true star and one of our favorite rappers, ain’t that true mafisilets?
It’s no secret he is as handsome as he is talented. Going through his social media, one can’t help but notice how his fans praise his big body whenever he poses in tight t-shirts. Have you seen his arms, or his torso…weuh. Check out his smile and the way he flexes.
These photos are proof that a hug from the OG would make any woman weak in the knees.