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Meet Lupita Nyong’o’s Rap Star Alter Ego, Troublemaker

You need to see Lupita Nyong’o spit bars over this Nas classic.

Say hello to Troublemaker, alter ego of Queen of Katwe star Lupita Nyong’o. The rap star now known as Troublemaker made her official debut over the weekend with a dope take on the Nas classic “NY State of Mind,” which Nyong’o shared on her Instagram.


“Mexican-born, Kenya running through my veins/Dark chocolate, plus I keep a sharp mane/Lancome fresh face, looking tailor made/Disney on the books, so you know I stay paid,” raps Troublemaker/Nyong’o. The lyrics were penned by MC/actress Robyn Hood, aka Miriam A. Hyman.

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“Next stop Katwe rocking out with David/Don’t do critics if you’re hating please save it/Ambassador for elephants trying to save the planet/I’m working on my master plan stunting in a hammock”

Okay okay, you get the picture. Lupita’s got bars for days. See so for yourself below.

Introducing my alter ego TROUBLEMAKER. Lyrics: @robynhoodfanz Director: @katiecm @queenofkatwemovie #3million

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7 Gengetone Acts You Need to Check Out

The streets speak gengetone: Kenya's gengetone sound is reverberating across East Africa and the world, get to know its main purveyors.

Sailors' "Wamlambez!"Wamlambez!" which roughly translates to "those who lick," is the cry the reverberated round the world, pushing the gengetone sound to the global stage. The response "wamnyonyez" roughly translates to "those who suck" and that should tell you all you need to know about the genre.

Known for its lewd lyrics and repetitive (often call and response) hooks, gengetone makes no apologies for belonging to the streets. First of all, most artists that create gengetone are grouped into bands with a few outliers like Zzero Sufuri riding solo. The songs themselves often feature a multiplicity of voices with screams and crowds coming through as ad libs, adding to this idea that this is definitely "outside" music.

Listening to Odi wa Muranga play with his vocal on the track "Thao" it's easy to think that this is the first, but gengetone fits snuggly in a history of sheng rap based on the kapuka style beat. Kapuka is onomatopoeically named, the beats have that repetitive drum-hat-drum skip that sounds like pu-ka-pu-ka-pu. Artists like Nonini were asking women to come over using this riff long before Ochungulo family told them to stay home if they aren't willing to give it up.

Here's seven gengetone groups worth listening to.

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