Rap music gets real exciting to listen to when diss songs between rival rappers are thrown back and forth. Some of the best rap songs in Uganda have been diss songs; to wit-Atlas the African’s-Jealous Bi*tches and Babaluku’s-“Straight spit”. Rappers are wordsmiths so needless to say, a real serious rap beef will escalate into a war of words. Diss songs in rap are songs that deride the authenticity, flamboyance, charisma and lyrical ability of a rival rapper.  In the world of hip hop, originality is treasured and any forms of mediocrity in one’s word play or lyricism are frowned upon. In…
Where are Uganda’s rap icons?Lately, a group of young budding Hip Hop Hip Hop artists like Fefe Bussi, Rachel Rey and Da Agent have enjoyed considerable media attention, thanks to a trending rap battle song called-“Who is who”. But whilst Bussi and his co get the laurels and shine for supposedly putting the spotlight back on Hip Hop with their “who is who” back and forth songs; hordes of the genre’s fans argue that the current crop of artists are not talented enough to transcend the legacy left by the genre’s forerunners.
The past year was, without question, one of the best years for Hip Hop in Uganda. As it drew to a close, the first ever Ugandan Hip Hop awards were held. A number of Uganda's elite Emcees (rappers) were rewarded. If successfully holding the awards was not momentous for the much maligned genre, then I do not know what was. The awards may just be the springboard that the genre needs to catapult to greater heights and for good measure; the impetus that Hip Hoppers; both male and female, need to put out quality music and videos.  
"A work of real merit finds favour at last" so runs an old adage.There are places in Uganda however where artists/musicians, find little to no favour at all, however good their craft or music is. Longevity does not do them any favours as well. “I have been working hard all these years to perfect my craft, but I have faced long odds. Making believers and fans out of people here in Bugisu is really tough. To be appreciated here, one has to patiently wait like they wait for raindrops in a harsh drought,” says 35 year old Mbale Musician Betty…
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