Tushi Polo’s Bitter Past-A True Story of a young girl Struggling with daily hassles

On Episode 10 Tushi Polo premiered her new song Bitter Past which is a very personal song and yet relate-able by any one. She prefers to let you listen to the song (as she revealed on the show) and vibe to it if you can within the confines of the experience she presents.The song is produced and recorded at Urban Aksent  ( Benricktheproducer ) with well laid out snares and string sounds that allow her to give the track uninterrupted delivery. Melody from the strings making you nostalgic is evident as she feeds us with the Bitter past.

Bitter past was inspired by a true story of a young girl who struggles
on a daily to battle life trials, fear,pain, rejection, mental
enslavement that she witnessed as she grew up living the side B of
life. —Tushi Polo

This track is so pure from an experience that whether hypothetical or not elevates you to the level of wanting to burst out of the confines whatever is holding you to trying to sing along; hum some lines with her. Do listen to it!

Tushi Polo Performing  Bitter Past

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Tha C.y.P.h.A – Bon.B, NuveySHAWN, Golddust, Anonymous(G2 Complex), AJO(CBM) & I-M Music

Tha CyPhA is a collaborative project  produced and directed by Mento-X, real names Mugarura Denis Robinson of G2 Complex and he introduces  Bon-B, NuveySHAWN, Gold Dust and Annonymous all from G2 Complex, AJO (Clean Block Music) and I-M Music’s producers Delaru and Kodan whose first appearance as rappers is documented by this cypher. The project released March 26 at 8:33pm  is a representative of the hoods the various contributors to the raw and edgy sound that Mento-X took charge to materialize into something. In the order of appearance the emcees Bon-B(Kititantale), NuveySHAWN(Luzira/Biina), Delaru(Mutungo), AJO(Mbuya/Mutungo), Gold Dust(Kitintale), Kodan(Mutungo) and Anonymous(kitintale) show off their lyrical dexterity and give a glimpse of their hunger and unheard voices.

I-M Music’s out fit (Delaru and Kodan) explore their Itesot flow complemented with Swahili and english to give their sound a distinctive marker and an indicator of diversity for the total project all together. AJO and Gold Dust take the hyper angry route showing their hoods energies lyrically. Bon-B and NuveySHAWN (also a blogger here) take the calm but insightful take which is re-echoed by Anonymous (who doubles as a manager of G2 Complex and has worked with a number of producers including Andy Music, Notsy) as a wrap up of the main intention the project was in the first place thought of.

“Redefinition with a motion”

G2 Complex has projects in maturing like the Video to Tha Cypha set to be released in around 15 April and NuveySHAWN who is wrapping up with his SHAWNESDAY compilation a follow-up to his Debut Mixtape TSN. AJO (From Clean Block Music) who is a good college to the Complex artists is set to release his EP No apologies in May of this year, which is a follow-up to Rap Music I Sing a mixtape that featured Hannz Tactiq, Lethal, OPU and others. Bon-B and Gold Dust have unreleased projects.

Tha C.y.P.h.A is well packaged with a crisp taste of clear and informative messages embedded in the voices of these rappers who hope to dominate respectfully and are so distinct in their approach as they deliver.

Kitintale, Luzira and the dominant Mutungo will be hopefully represented appropriately just like Rubaga, Bukoto and Ntinda.


Enygma, Play 01, The Sphynx, Rudende and others share thoughts on #TuckerVsCode on Severely Yours Tv

If you are reading this you must be knowing about the beef between Tucker + Benny Black vs CODE that was much fueled with the release of Black Monday and Later CBTS NOT TO FORGET  H.I.T.S 2.0 which wrapped it all. In case you don’t know about the INTERNET breaking event i wonder where you are- i mean the beef shadowed a number of events in the country for example Navio had a collaboration song with King Kaka Released last week!

So Severe on his Exclusive got together different rappers ( that is Enygma, Play o1 and The Sphynx) and other personalities in media like Mr Skillz and Rudended (of X Fm) to share there thoughts. Enygma and The Sphynx found it entertaining and quite motivational that the rappers served us with highly lyrical tracks last week. Play 01 who seemingly quotes Benny Black in his opinion that the beef was good but the reactions werent much called for ( his statement is the version of Benny’s lines on Black monday: )

Rudende sounds sort of surprised and well in his words may be ”We were taken for a ride” and Dennis Assimwe found it hilarious and he believes it was ‘Manufactured’ and as a gimmick it was probably clever and with time it will be more transparent.

Listen to All these via Severely Yours TV


Ninja Attitude by Ninja C / @Herninjaness is proof of a ‘femcee on a mission’

Ninja Attitude is among the late projects that were released last year, to be exact it was released around 24 November, 2015. Apparently Ninja C was more of a surprise to the rap scene for some and others another femcee to uphold females on the hip hop power balance. Her project is more of a compilation of tracks that featured on other projects however we are not to take that lightly she has her personal creations too.

Young 24 I pledged allegiance to hip hop

Hands on this project stretch from Baru , JT, Ace B and Abaasar on the production giving her a rich sound from some of the best producers. Many could have said Ninja C was technically still experimenting but with work she brought forth and heat that she maintained justify her remark on her Redefinitions verse, “…am a femcee on a mission

Ninja Attitude is a 12 track mix tape that is kick started by Ninja Attitude (title track) a 56 s track produced by Abaasar as she introduces us to the ninja attitude she has. We are drawn into closely in her world with Best kept secret which is a JT production put together to give her a bossy feel since she is on her best braggadocio as she holds it down for K-Town.  An awesome follow-up is Our time to clarify legend thoughts that she has, that is after time we remember her name. Tucker HD complements the track with a steady flow.

Ninja C

Cover art: Ninja Attitude

Samurae has his hands on our time and so on Telling me too does the magic as Herninjaness does her thing recollecting the come up. Just like any career  path the critics and people will talk and so she didn’t pay much attention is her message on this one even with little experience she experienced a number of things that we are sure have shaped her career.

Work without play is not nice! Disco is that track on this project that has influences from Afro house, Dance music and yet sustained by Ace B‘s bars and Ninja C’s take on the chorus. And even though we love to play the lord gives us all , that preceding sentence can be backed by Pleasure and Pain which is a unique track on this project as she gives it a 50/50 singing and rapping.

She adds Zino Story which also featured on Saint Nelly Sade‘s Stories of Elevation. As a femcee last year she happened to have features on some of the biggest projects such as UG cypher 2 which is track 12 and the last on this humble tape. The All femcee Cypher, Baru’s Redefinitions are among the huge projects she featured on and are also part of this project.

Full speed no breaks, Assasins dont play games..

You and I has JT again on the production for which Ninja C speaks of her Darling certifying that they are forever, you can say she reminisces the time,  falling in love and all those good relationship memories. Saving more fun for the end, Beans and Posho is a remix or redo of Pills and Portion originally  by American Rapper Nicki Minaj. It has HerNinjaness herself, Big Trill, Benezeri, Enygma, Libolo Chai and Sima (both of X Fm) as they recall the time in school, the times of beans and Posho  meal that an avoidable in school.

The Femcee being on a mission this has been Ninja Attitude by Ninja C aka Her Ninjaness which was the biggest win last year that was not so much acknowledged-translation it was slept on!



Written by Ayella NuveySHAWN


Futuristic Past, an Album that is an Hypothetical Journey by S.T.R.A.P (@Listen2Strap) Reviewed

S.T.R.A.P is a Ugandan born rapper based in Kansas  whose name is an abbreviation of Sound that Roars African Pride and so he does so on his second Album (released September 2015)  that i will be telling you about below:

The Album is inspired by the movie Back to the Future and thus the concepts revolve around it. He is so deep into very deep thoughts on this album, the samples, and other added features including metaphors are not to be taken lightly. The reggae influences also serve to shape the album’s sounds on tracks such as The Next Level, Friend Zone and Sliding Thru Her DMs. This will be a long review in order to try understanding the most problematic Hip Hop Album of 2015-Futuristic Past.  Production ranges from LexiBanks, AFOST, Christophilus, Jay X Jay, Ayodlo, Arkutec, and Bigg Kid with only two features Kapela and Crystal Foxworth. The quote below is also carried forth from eyeWonder which features FoxWorth off Oblivion making Futuristic past seem a continuation.

“How you supposed to see when the blind don’t look”

Futuristic Past opens up with a perfect song for the theme of this album- Before the storm. We are taken straight into the album with somewhat soft hitting instruments introducing us to time travel thoughts about the past and the future. The vicious persona (or Volatile STRAP) comes out on Back to the future, which gives you an immediate hint on what the Album is about if you missed the point on Before the Storm. The highly Imaged collection of thoughts, visions is what makes up this album. You might think it’s a foreign rapper (for those who don’t know him), but well he clarifies and asserts that he is Ugandan on Back to the Future saying “I promised I will never tell a rap lie/ I promised I will always be reppin’ UG on a song till a n*gga flat Lines”

Listening to Dark Night ft Kapela, despite the mild and infecting hook, STRAP still goes hard on it with Kapela, at this point in time of the Album you Notice S.T.R.A.P is a deep movie guy. However the movie head shouldn’t be taken for granted because it’s through which his motivations and imagery develop. On this one he speaks of his transitioning to something new (if we are to psychoanalyze him) I mean when do wolves or any other creature transform? If we are to pick it from Oblivion his previous project we notice the changes even though the remix to Façade feels like a redefinition

“Full moon turning into a liken.”

May be you haven’t seen the point, the state of mind he is in is a bit bitter, hungry and yet determined to tell these stories, painting pictures some of which when he was growing up in Ntinda. Now that preceding sentence is inspired by Seen it all on which S.T.R.A.P features Crystal Foxworth as he recollects “the simple life we miss growing up in Ntinda” The hook well positions you to the journey STRAP intends to present to you. It’s also a tale of a rappers journey, writing and re-writing bars just to perfect it.

“You can’t live this long to f*ck up”

2nd guessing takes you to sounds that are inspired by hip-hop in the Bronx as he gives a more lax and yet still crisp flow telling a tale of a person, who doubts himself in search of glory and how he over comes it(doubt). Summer Breeze is much celebratory making a mark on what you need to consider as the view of the Album, to be honest at this point besides the problematic interpretation I had on the title. Summer breeze hints on that past (for example hard work as a rapper or anyone else) and the Future (Futuristic self celebrating after this sustained hard work) you know that success is repeatedly worked for, despite the initial second guessing. To agree more he asks on My Actions,. why you are in the game when you can’t really score’. Through his actions he hopes to inspire and if am not mistaken its part of scoring in life which he confirms “I always talk life.”


Photo Credit: UH

The Tale is a sound of an angry S.T.R.A.P who is still on his braggadocio despite the nine months it took him to deliver the album. He goes into his own mind taking us with him so as we recognize his lyrical prowess in other words “a spectacular emcee”. The Tale serves to question ideologies in the world that have had many, prisoners of conscience and he asserts he is “only a vessel trying to deliver a message.” The feeling it creates is of self worth within humanity that needs to be restored despite everything. The tale is a low key sound to highlight some painful things both in his and others lives

To prove he is off that futuristic and deep mind talk he comes back to talk to his ‘Mama’ with Sliding Thru Her DMs. He re-calls Kapela on this one to act as a melodic back up to bars being spat, appreciating this beautiful girl who he barely know so much because he “tranna halla” at her. We all know we love to hit a pretty girl’s DM (Direct message call it inbox) you could agree with me that the future (Dreams) and Past (Memories) meeting together is a creative man’s present time.

“Hey wasap mama I been tryna halla at you mama”

The difference between Friend Zone and Sliding’ Thru her DMs is that this time round he highlights how this girl he had thoughts for “introduces him as a brother” and in between he reminds her of how he was sliding thru her DM and now they are friends. Well “She a murderer” but he insists buy asking her through  Justin Timberlake’s My Love  slowed down to portray the feeling- even hard core rappers entreat.

“Enough of that Lovie dovie sh*t”- DJ Sh*t On Your Mixtape

Which other way would he do so?  STRAP structured this Album that’s one thing to be certain of and They want 16s is proof of his spit-game and not to be taken lightly. This is a manifestation of flow Diversity if you allow me to say so. The next level (on which he samples sister Nancy’s Bam Bam) what away to switch flow!  The Next level highlights that despite where he is (Kansas, or Uganda) he is pushing the bar higher, with of course acceptable braggadocio clarifying what he says on they want 16s. I don’t know if it’s clear now, as regards the concept? The back and forth of this album is what makes it Futuristic Past.

My name is STRAP NKober n UG is what am Repping/

Tell ma people I will be coming home in a second/

Chasing all these dreams but it’s never what it seems…/

On The Home coming He clarifies he’s pursuits here and there and alarms us to expect his home coming, to relate he could be coming from the future or the past and thus currently he is coming at a close range with the present time. How he came up is essential to him and thus recollects the time once again just as pretty much said on Seen it all.

Façade being on this album makes me think it’s the perfect beat, Delivery and flow time travel from the Past (Oblivion) and the definite future on (Futuristic Past). Somehow it makes you feel he has travelled from a certain world to the other one, where things could be done differently and yet at the end of the day he remains STRAP no matter the time.

The employment of Dj Sh*t on Your mix tape in between tracks does the magic for him making it a seemingly less troublesome understanding of the work of art and  to enjoy it you need to acknowledge the talk in between tracks. They provide you with an insight and relation between all the tracks. Problematic it is, you might want to get the Album and go along with STRAP on his journey.

Listen To Futuristic Past Here

Written By Ayella NuveySHAWN


Who killed HipHop that’s if it’s dead?(Infographic)+ Digital Book

The question; Is HipHop dead ? keeps coming back every other day not only in Uganda but even on a global scale. Some agree that it is dead others think it just changed and others dont bother to think about it. Locally the same feeling and notion of hiphop being dead is always carried forth to even a media level- The kampala Sun we remember the story you ran about Ugandan Hip Hop!

NOW THIS is a rare review that i put up together to break down Who Killed HipHop?  The views are inspired by the song it self by Enygma ft Mulekwa. This review has also been turned into a digital book which you may download as soon as some issues are cleared!

And well Who killed HipHop?


THE DJ: Mulekwa personally says this on his verse that DJs played songs only for there girlfriends and played Foreign music thus ignoring Ugand Music(UG HipHop).


THE FANS: On top of it failed to buy Albums, singles and other projects from the artists.


THE MEDIA: “They say hiphop in Uganda struggling to survive” Enygma. Instead of celebrating the culture offered negative criticism and on social media it was a war against rappers. Who doesnt remember the small sections in magazines mbu dedicated to hiphop. So the I hate hiphop man! Notions and perceptions were imprinted by Media houses. And suprisingly those who failed to make it in the genre contribute to the bitter stories even when they claim its dead.


THE ARTISTS: THOSE who couldn’t write a poem and seemingly had no clue about the culture. Illogical braggadocio ate many of them. Failed to realise their purpose as rappers.


THE PRODUCERS: WHO  made so many delays in making material despite the agreement between the artists. Or letting them down. I hear one rapper couldnt make his album due to a comprised state of production caused by some producers.


THE DIVISIONISM: “If you rap in English your wack.” “local languages in rap sound weird.”
That was an  interruption in our progress hiphop would be bigger. Camps against camp. Some couldn’t collaborate with others and when its clear collaborations boost something about an artist in most cases if its the right collab.


THE CULTURE VULTURES: THESE ONES, Mulekwa clearly expresess “Eyaali kuliture kati ya fuu’ka ndaabikah/ Buli ayagala okusiba balansi nga ja ayingila kaliture..”This loosely translates to, vultures who hoped to copy and do certain things regardless of their knowledge, joined the culture.

You see i didnt forget the promoters, who were very opportunistic and concentrated on bagging something for themselves.


WE ALL  KILLED HIPHOP! One sure thing is we all fall in each category of killer, or murderer. I am a fan, rapper, you could be one of the rest and think about your actions.

Who will resurrect Hip Hop ? Is it dead any way?

I think following the above issues we should agree those are the things killing hip hop!


Let them not lie and i am sorry for them hiphop so ALIVE. There has been progress and if hip hop ever died, it was just only a cell like dead skin that paves way for the fresh layer.  Are you doubting?  Ask Navio if Allan Kasujja didnot turn up at The Chosen Album Release at Panamera. The rapping President’s son too. 8,000+ copies of the album  were sold in the first week.

Listen to Who killed Hip Hop?

Enygma and Mulekwa for their vivid description of What killed Hip Hop in their verses.

Nase Avatar of Portbell Drive Music


The Digital book wil be released in due time for now tell us if you liked this and feel free to leave a comment on what you think needs correction. Add your views to.

Written by Ayella NuveySHAWN

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Rewind Of the day: 5AM in KLA by JB (@JballerUg)

The talented JB about two years ago released this track on a Drake beat to 5AM in Toronto it was a nice song which of course was slept on by most Ugandan radio stations that only new the original. No offense JB was converaational on this one (pretty much as he always does).


He opens the song with a short word out: “.. i just came back from Gulu..” and then you ask your where is he now? kampala for goodness sake! And thats the effect it creates. So he delivers very impressive bars through out the song and listening to it today or tomorrow makes me feel likeyeaah!






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The #808s that bang for CHRIST: Stream They Talk A lot by Brian Wade(Free Download)

Just like Ruyonga who found and still finds glory in Christ, Brian Wade of Great Music Group chose that path too. The song They Talk A lot is a story  of this young rapper highlighting what he has been through and “.. because of Jesus” he is where he is now. He speaks of how he lost his friends, his dreams as a teen, the negative actions “thought i was  king…” Thus he is humbled in christ so as not to slide into the ever fading path of fame.

What is the Motivation for the song
In his own words he says,
“Lots of things been happening in my life ,and many people have been discouraging me through talking !!but I end up winning and my glory is from the lord not me !

He continues:The song has part of my life story ,the strugle been through.and where am going !! But all my trust is  in God !! Basically in this song I was highlighting part of my story ,to the friends and supporters who are listening to it !!”

The song is produced by Word Exclusive and it has a very domineering #808 like on a trap song by any Trap Lord( Atlas i See you) , and i thought this would affect the delivery of the song however it complements it. He raps with a confident and well composed bars. I HAVE TO WARN YOU; you are most likely to dance to it and slowly will be stuck in his dimension which is what the song is intended.

Reasons why you chose Christian hiphop :
“From way back.I have been in love with hip hop /Rap , so its been my thing ! ,but when I got saved I  understood the real purpose of my creation was to glorify God ,not my self ,and also to point the generation to the right Direction . Since hip hop is the kind of genre am into most ,I had to switch the Gospel into the genre!

So I became a hip hop artiste who does music that gives glory to God and also a person that creates music which can inspire or teach the entire generation . my hip hop is based on the truth and faith   of  Jesus Christ.”

This is positive music, They Talk A lot is off the forth coming album Self Esteem and it is the second single.


I was a dead man living in the flesh/ my friends never knew the way I came from the fire/
they got close to me when they so me going higher/ (yes)hallelujah, Christ my messiah/
speaking telling the truth homie its ma riot /yes, am on fire going far ,miles and hours/

Download Link

Connect with Wade:
Facebook : BriandWade
Twitter: @BrianWade_music  Soundcloud

Written by Ayella NuveySHAWN

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Rewind of the day: We Are-Bantu Clan The Tribe (REVIEW)

Going through my archive i landed on a folder titled Bantu and i remembered the beautiful pieces i had saved in it. Going through the files and Playing through the tracks an idea popped in my mind.

Do people know who they are?

I think i know who i am or atleast i can tell that i am not another person. We are is an amazing song that sent me direct to many thoughts and honestly i said to my self: ‘These guys are highly slept on. So organic!’ Having no clue of how the song came about and so i had to ask.

What is the idea, concept and inspiration behind this song?

We Are is a song that came at a time (2013) when Africa in general was going through a spin of a lot of evil acts, the killings in Sudan by the natives of the land and the genocide background, the in same year 5 Pakistani investors had gang rapped and sordomised a 23 year old Ugandan girl and walked away with it and a lot of corruption in the judiciary which always gave no rights to the poor who were oppressed by the rich. We Are urges us to unite and fight together to make Africa a better place.

The song was recorded during the 2013 DOA DOA arts market by Mukalazi David (Bantu Clan’s official producer) which features a female Emcee, poet from Rwanda with a Lauryn Hill background Angel Mutoni and an RnB artist with a John Legend background from the same country Mike Kiyihura Ntwaza. We Are comes off the Bantu Clan The Tribe’s compilation entitled “Boda II Boda” which features 7 artists from 7 different countries. ” Buka Chimey


Well as you see there its deeper than what i thought, its more than identity of an individual but US as a PEOPLE. Conscious hiphop blended with all these organic sounds and influences from genres like RnB and instrumental is what you can categorise with.

Bantu clan in a sec?

An indigenous Hip Hop band on a quest to unify cultures, express consciousness, identify indigenous sound and expose it to the world, “Brothers Alliance Navigating towards Unity” Bantu Clan The Tribe is at once reminiscent of soothing – groovy conscious Hip Hop, while simultaneously hearkening to a heartfelt, down- home charm. The blend of traditional indigenous sounds, western sounds to marry the cultures, authentic rap, melodies and hook-laden, conscious lyrics in more than three native languages from Uganda and Zimbabwe is garnering them notice in East Africa and beyond the borders.

How you can connect with Bantu Clan and get more music like We Are?


There you Go.

Written by: SHAWN

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