ALBUM REVIEW: VICTIMS OF MADNESS – WAKADINALI

This rap group has been dubbed the “modern-day Ukoo Flani” by Ted Josiah. Wakadinali is regarded as one of Kenya’s best hip-hop groups due to their politically incorrect language, vivid depictions of modern culture, and raw rap style. Their most recent body of work is well-crafted, and it appears that their perseverance and hard work have finally paid off. Their accessible lyricism and reality rants, accompanied by unusual drill sounds, give a sense of solidarity in the brutal society we live in.

      Alex Vice, their producer, is well-versed in halftime melodies, minimalist patterns, and gliding 808’s, all-important quality ingredients of the perfect drill beat. Nyaranyara, Njege/Sanse, and Kim Jong Un are difficult to ignore because to their unusual kick on top of the snare and wild song distortion, which are complemented with violent nihilistic lyrical content. This is depicted in Love Song, which, despite the title, illustrates the men in blue’s tense connection with the young man in Eastlands. A well-endowed woman is compared to a Mariamu, a notorious police vehicle used for mass arrests during police raids and crackdowns. The irony of it all. This ominous figure is first revealed in the diaries.

The group, which began with four members, prides itself on its individuality. Domani Munga is usually jam-packed with hooks and a quick type of flow that makes you focus more on what he has to say. He’s well versed in football comparison rhymes and a bold casual delivery that sets the Haitaki Hasira artist apart from his competition. Slim sewersydaa’s compelling vivid images and comprehensive description of his surroundings make him a master. An Eastland’s prodigy went from robbing a church along Jogoo Road to hearing screaming in Kibera. Scar Mkadinali’s flow is excellent, and his hard-hitting rhymes, raspy voice, and For Real distinctive style have earned him lyrical accolades.

The feature Avoid Those People sticks out among the others. Boutross’ strong approach and swagger have been compared to Ali Kiba’s vocals. Breeder LW’s lyrics is razor-sharp, and his delivery is flawless. His humor and witty charm are on display. Abbas has a great flow and uses lyricism to push people to action. Elisha Elai is quick and polished, with a lot of jokes. “Senegal’s Tunasaka Mane Hadi.” With provocative bars and ever-changing flows, Dyana Cods takes command of the nearly nine-minute tune.

The group claims their approach to be the most raw and unadulterated type of hip-hop. Using modern-day flair and excellent honest lyricism to tackle today’s issues of corruption, gang violence, and poverty is like hitting two birds with one stone. The sky is the limit for these young blossoming musicians lifting the Kenyan flag high, since they have a loyal fanbase, hood credibility, and backing.

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