'Urban Scrolls' Salutes Kingpinn


To a lot of people out there, his life and death remain a mystery but one thing's for sure, you can never fully explore Zimbabwean hiphop history without coming across his name.
He might have passed away 14 years ago but his shadow still looms large over the local hiphop industry.
Globally, artists have reached infamy, written themselves into the history books through works of art that today we deem as 'classic' or 'legendary', he managed to do so with just one song!
The track 'I salute You' has overlapped the boundaries of time, space and culture. Locally, no other hiphop song or album for that matter has come close.
If you are still unsure about who I am talking about, well......it is none other than the Late Tonderai Enerst Makoni, whom we have all come to know as Kingpinn!
In a few weeks time, it will be the 14th anniversary of his untimely death and I think that the hiphop community needs to do more to not only acknowledge but honour this guy.
[Food for thought, how about a 'Kingpinn Commemoration Day?]
After all, Kingpinn was hiphop when some of today's so-called rappers where still hiding under the shade of that 'urban grooves' umbrella that eventually went the way of the dinosaurs.
At a time when a new, yet not so defined 'beast' (one that clearly escaped the womb before its full 'gestation' period) one that they have chosen to call 'zimhiphop' has been set loose on the market, the nation is crying out for an emcee of Kingpinn's calibre to lead the way.
To the real hiphop heads out there, Kingpinn is in truth, the basis for what Zimbabwean hiphop is and should stand for.
Our current crop of so-called hiphoppers lacks identity, there's always that rapper whose voice, style or delivery sounds like some international artist that we know of.
Remember, Mariache? That rapper who left a few of us wondering whether he was Jay-Z's eligitimate kid or not? or Takura trying to give us his best impression of Bryson Tiller........the list is endless and quite exasperating.
To my fellow brothers and sisters out there, merely rapping in the vernacular does not make you original guys!
 Where is the substance, where is the message?
Before you step into that booth again, take some time to not only listen to but study this guy they called Kingpinn, he is as good a place as any to start if you are in search of some identity or solid substance.
P.S pick up a book once in a while because y'all rhymes is getting shallower by the day (or is it by the verse?)

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