The inaugural UnKut Hip Hop Awards went down last December in Kilimani, celebrating Hip Hop artists with 19 categories. Despite Hip Hop being active in Kenya since the early ’90s, this was the first show of it’s kind and aiming to celebrate undiscovered talents in Hip Hope.
It was a formal affair and in attendance were Khaligraph Jones, Zakah of Ukoo Flani Maumau, G Money and more.
Some of the categories featured for the Unkut Hip Hop Awards include Best Male Artist, Best Female artist, Video of the Year, Song of the Year, Video Director of the Year, Producer of the Year, Rap Group of the Year, Lyricist of the Year, Collabo of the Year and more.
The second Hip Hop awards is set to happen on Dec 18th 2020 at Sarit Expo Center.
Under the theme Culture Over Fear, the second show aims to be bigger and better with over 20 categories! Some of the new categories introduced this year were Best Alternative Media (podcasts, vlogs and blogs), Coastal Hip Hop Artist of the Year, Gospel Hip Hop Artist of the Year, Each One Teach One, the mentorship award and since drill/grime music is such a wave worldwide and has been embraced right here in the 254, Drill Artist of the Year.
Just like 2019, there will be two panel approved awards; Honorary Award, given to Hip Hop’s MVP of the year and Lifetime Achievement Award, awarded to someone who has inspired Hip Hop Culture and dedicated themselves to pushing it further.
This year’s show has been sponsored by Hennessy, the title sponsors, Homeboyz Kenya, Moh Wingz, Swap and Axis Digital. Voting is currently ongoing and you can vote for your favorite nominee as many times as possible.
Due to the ongoing pandemic, only 100 tickets will be sold on Tikiti platform with the Sean Carter Seats (VVIP) at Kshs. 5,000, The Diddy Deal (VIP) at Kshs. 3,500 or The Kanye Package (Regular) at Kshs. 2,500. Each ticket guarantees guests not only access to the venue, but also a meal and some drinks.
Explaining decision to name the tickets after foreign stars, UNKUT Africa founder Ruby V said foreign stars have been inspirational worldwide not only in music but also businesswise.
“The awards are about more than celebrating talent, they’re aspirational too, We want these artists to know that they can use the culture and expand it as far as their creativity lets them but they’re more than just artists. Just like these three, they’re business people too and can create wealth off their talent. If you notice these are the top 3 richest rappers in the world on Forbes.” aid Ruby V, UnKut Africa founder.
Artists set to perform at this year’s awards include Wakadinali, Monski and Boutross aka Shrapgod. Music by Kev the DJ and Mawinch.
The Gala will be hosted by Jinx and MC Dream.
Ghetto Radio’s Hip Hop Republik also managed to clench another nomination for the Best Radio Show for the second year in a row.
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