Veteran Kenyan Rapper Chris Kantai Has Died
Tributes have been pouring out for the celebrated rapper all morning.
Pioneering Kenyan raper, Chris Kantai, also known as Kantadda, a leading force in the Kenyan hip hop scene has died. He was 42.
The artist was admitted to the hospital on Monday, after he fell ill, reports Nairobi News. He passed on Wednesday due to complications with breathing, the publication adds.
Kantai rose to fame in the early 2000s with songs like "Huu ni Nani G" (Swahili for Who is this G), and the popular track "Happy" featuring fellow Kenyan rap star Stella Mwangi.
The artist made a comeback three years ago with the record "Ting Badi Malo" (Luo for Raise your Hands Up), which featured Kenyan artist Khaligraph Jones.
Before releasing these records, Kantai built his name as a formidable battle rapper. He earned several Chaguo La Teeniez awards for his work, the equivalent to Teen Choice Awards in Kenya.
Tributes have been pouring in for the late artist since the news broke. He is being remembered for his unique contribution to the Kenyan rap scene.
Shine on your Way, Chris Kantai, your Music lives on.... I hope a day shall come when people can learn to apprecia… https://t.co/6OFcQblO6d— #P👁G (@#P👁G)1551354343.0
R.I.P CHRIS KANTAI....YOU WAS MY JAY Z BACK THEN WHEN MUSIC IN KENYA WAS STILL GROWING #RIPCHRISKANTAI— 2wenty6ixx (@2wenty6ixx)1551342998.0
Chris Kantai to me remains Kenyas illest rapper yet. The man had it in him. It flowed like an endless river out of him. #RIPKantai— #DoNotRepeal162 (@#DoNotRepeal162)1551334048.0
Thank you for the great music. Your legacy will live on. Rest easy Chris Kantai... 🕯 https://t.co/d7lrWwSsXI— DJ Joe Mfalme (@DJ Joe Mfalme)1551274496.0
Some of these kids be asking who Kantai is?well he was your favourite rapper favorite rapper..Rest in Power Chris Kantai— Generali Amos (@Generali Amos)1551270721.0
Rest With the Angles Chris Kantai https://t.co/xTCeaVL08I— Okete C. Swaka (@Okete C. Swaka)1551270552.0
Rest In Lyrical Peace Chris Kantai. 🙏 Your lyrical prowess remains unmatched— Penny (@Penny)1551267701.0
So sad to hear the news of Kantai's death. This man spit rhymes so fluently in both English and Swa in a manner I a… https://t.co/JUee4xDS7E— •Wanza• (@•Wanza•)1551280771.0