Khaligraph Vs Octopizzo: Who is The King of Rap in Kenya?


By Lydia M Joshua

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From Kayole, Nairobi celebrated Kenyan rapper Khaligraph Jones is arguably one of the best in Africa today. On the other hand, hip-hop artist, activist, and youth ambassador Octopizzo is also a champion in rap and uses his songs to address poverty, tribal wars, and issues concerning the youth. Media and fans have been comparing the two for a long time, with each justifying why their favorite artist is the best.

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In this article, we review some of their achievements over the past few years.

Awards and Nominations

Last year, Khaligraph made history after receiving his first BET Nomination in The Best International Flow Category. In October 2018, He won the Best Rap Act of the Year at the fifth edition of the Annual African Muzik Magazine Awards 2018 (Afrimma). In addition, Papa Jones scooped the best Hip Hop act at Sound City MVP Awards in January 2020.

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On the other hand, Octo also made history last year, after making a cut for the Grammy consideration list in the; Record of the year category for his song Another day, Best Melodic Rap for Kamikaze and Another Day, as well as Best Rap Performance Category for Che Che and Wakiritho ft Sailors. In 2012, Octopizzo was nominated for Insyder Awards and for two categories at the Kisima Awards 2012; Artist of the Year category as well as Best Hip Hop Video Of the Year.

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In addition, he was nominated as Best Male Artist of the year during the 2012 Coastal Nzumari Awards, which he won. In 2016, Octo won the Comeback Artist of the Year for Bigwa Music Award.


As accredited lyrists, both artists have a strong discography to back their quest to be crowned the king of rap in Kenya. Octopizzo released ‘The Come Up Vol.1’ in 2008, ‘Chocolate City’ and ‘Elcasino’ in 2014, ‘L.D.P.C’ IN 2015, ‘Refugeenius’ in 2016, ‘Next Year’ in 2018, and ‘Jungle Fever’ in 2020. On the other hand, Khaligraph released ‘Autograph’ in 2014, ‘Eff Off’ in 2015, ‘Testimony 1990’ in 2018, and ‘The Take Over (Mixtape)’ in 2020.

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Online Streams

Both artists have been using YouTube as a top platform to upload most of their music. Khaligraph’s YouTube channel which premiered on 20th July 2012 currently has 52,773,104 views. On the other hand, Octopizzo’s channel which started on 13 April 2012 has 37,906,150 views.

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Social Media Followers

Both artists have been using their social media platforms to communicate with their fans. Both Octopizzo and Khaligraph have over 1.6 million followers on Instagram. On Twitter, Khaligraph has over 252,600 followers with Octopizzo following closely with 223,100 followers.

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