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Fid Q – The Rebirth & Future of Bongo Hiphop

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From when he dropped those infamous 16 bars on a featured track ‘Ukweli na Uwazi’ on the now classic Wachuja Nafaka album, Bongo HipHop was born again through the sharp lyricism of Fareed Kubanda aka Fid Q!!

From when he dropped those infamous 16 bars on a featured track ‘Ukweli na Uwazi’ on the now classic Wachuja Nafaka album, Bongo HipHop was born again through the sharp lyricism of Fareed Kubanda aka Fid Q!!

‘hamjajua mtakula nini halafu nyie mnaponda mali hivi hiyo ni nini,utajiri nguzo,ubahili hivi ndo mnavyoamini,mmesahau kiama ni nini au mmesahau mafunzo ya dini…’.. spits Fid Q with rapid raw delivery over Pfunk’s heavy boom-bap back drop. Little did Bongo Flava enthusiast know how much trouble they gonna find themselves in by letting this humble hip-hopper through the golden gates..thats until FidQ.COM dropped!!

‘Akupigaye ngumi ya jicho na we mpige ya sikio akikuuliza unaonaje na we mwulize anajisikiaje…’ !! That level of cadence and nonchalance delivery, mixed with witty punchlines and simple-yet complex lyricism,had not been heard in the game since the passing of the Great D-Rob(RIP)! Phone calls were ringin across the globe,hiphop pioneers nodded in agreement and smiled proudly to the arrival of Hiphop saviour!!

Here was a kid with passion for the artform. Here was a complete MC,an all rounder who didn’t rely on cheesy singy-song choruses to compose a hit. Here was a guy taking the risk and using ‘Multi-syllabic rhyme schemes’ in the audience that was getting soo lazy to analyse the realness of Hiphop!

In the era where bubblegum rap is prevalent and sugar coated rnb hooks define a hit, Fid Q is a breath of fresh air! In this oversaturated Bongoflava artform where ‘nursery’ rhymes earn you the title of ‘King of Rhymes’, Fid Q stands like a giant that no-one comes close to even stare in the eye! Who else can rock the stage with no gimmics but pure lyrics?Who in this game stands by themselves amongst well established artists that come on stage with hundreds of tag-alongs just to boost their confidence? The self declared ‘one man army’ ( ‘Fid Q ni jeshi la mtu mmoja’) rolls on stage for Dolo and owns the show with enough flows to confuse water down a bendy stream.

When ‘Chagua Moja’ dropped,all the Nay-Sayers and those who thought the Kid was a fluke,had to bite their tongues. Those 8 bars(I still replay his verse 4 times before letting the others come in. No disrespect to Rhino,Adili and Langa cause they got busy too but I wish Fid Q did this song for Dolo). Blew that beat to smithereens!

‘Fanya kazi kama mtumwa ili uje uishi kama mfalme, ukae au uchuchumae,umchukie au umpende akupendae,ufiche uchi au uvue chupi uzae…’
Spits Fid Q with so much charisma you almost kick yourself for not thinking of these lines before him!

Now that Fid has released ‘Mwanza Mwanza'(his latest single), fans are asking ‘where is the album’? Anticipation of his album is beyond any solo artist in many years. Release date is set to be as big as Mandela’s (get it?)….Real hiphop fans are hungry for those clever,thought-provoking,smart word-play mixed with so many conscious lyrics that make Fid Q almost prophetic without preaching…

‘Asiyempenda ndugu yake anayemwona,hawezi kumpenda Mungu asiyemwona,donda ndugu haliwezi kupona’… Better yet, how about this for word play..

‘Ndio, Ndiyo ya siyo inaweza ikawa ndio ndiyo kiutani lakini Siyo ya Ndiyo huenda ikawa ndo Ndiyo kiundani’.. Need i say more?…if you passionate about Hiphop try listening to a song or two and wait in anticipation for ‘Vina Mwanzo,Kati na Mwisho’ Fid Q’s album coming out soon. The FUTURE is here!

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