WHO IS PAPA JONES?
Khaligraph Jones a.k.a Papa Jones is an influential Kenyan rapper touted to have a rap flow as quick as Twista’s (American) or M.I (Nigerian). With a style so unique and a flow so flexible, Khaligraph cuts across the complexity of genres and eras with his music.
Quickly rising to become Africa’s most sought after rap king, Khaligraph is prolific and has worked with the likes of Coke Studio Africa 2017 artist Rayvanny and AY from Tanzania, Abbas Kubaff, Muthoni The Drummer Queen, Victoria Kimani, and Wyre The Love Child from Kenya, and not forgetting Ice Prince and M.I. from Nigeria.
The “Micasa Sucasa” rapper will make a debut on Coke Studio Africa this year collaborating with Rwandese singer Bruce Melodie, another first timer on the show. Their pairing will be produced by super star South African DJ Maphorisa.
THE KING OF RAP
Commanding a dedicated following, Khaligraph Jones continues to rise and inspire younger artists in the rap game. He recently announced that his debut album “Testimony 1990” will be released in 2017, and it’s one of Kenya’s most anticipated records to date. Khaligraph is a music executive and Chief Executive Officer of The Blu Ink Corp Record label that he recently launched. He is also the founder of The Baba Yao Foundation that he uses for Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives.
WHAT’S IN THE WORKS
Underlying the success of Khaligraph’s songs and collaborations is years of hustle where as far back as 2012, he released a slew of mix tapes coupled with performances at Hip Hop battles. On his upcoming album, Khaligraph promises an incredible variety of new sounds, production style and surprise features.
THE BACK STORY
Khaligraph’s journey as an artist began at a young age and was inspired by listening to a wide variety of music. He was more drawn to the Hip Hop genre and when an opportunity presented itself in the form of the 2009 Channel O MC Africa Challenge, the then 19-year old took it up and went all the way to the finals. It was from that competition that the rise of Khaligraph Jones started to become evident. He has since coined a popular phrase “Respect the OGs”; the newest slogan in Kenya’s Hip Hop scene. The intention of the movement is to promote talented youth from all over the country, no matter their age, and give them a platform to grow and be heard.