UG Cypher Vs The Real God
Okay this rarely happens just like the 4 lunar eclipses that happen once in nearly a lifetime that the Uganda Christian & mainstream Hiphop fraternities work on collaborations. Within a space of 1 day the world was exposed once again to a variety of rich Ugandan Hiphop talent.
The Christian artists released their project titled “The Real God” whereas the mainstream artists released the “UG Cypher”. The two songs were all highly anticipated and the hype was properly built. The thought of having the finest on a song goes beyond just great music but to show unity and growth of the music industry.
The exciting thing about these projects is that they featured some of the best talents of the two fraternities.
The Real God featuring Lyriczz, Benezeri, Lyll Mykk, Brian Wade, C Flow, Netron, Brian Musoke, Benjamin Prince, LG, Strait Eloquent, Ruyonga & Sonny. Produced By Aggrey Wordxclusive, Release Date 2nd April 2014.
The UG Cypher featuring UG Cypher features Navio, GNL, Mith, JB, Atlas, Flex D’Paper, Keko, Tucker HD, Llyboc, Big Tril, St. Nelly Sade, Ruyonga, Don MC & DJ Global. Produced By Samurae, Release Date 3rd April.
This is just a personal view of the two projects, so allow me think out loud…
So here it is
The hard part of talking about these two projects is that they are not exactly of the same form. Its VERY important to note that the UG Cypher is a Cypher (artistes rap over a hiphop beat one-after-the-other basis with a Dj accompanying) well as the The Real God is a normal hiphop song with a hook.
The two songs were produced by some of the best producers in Uganda today that is Samurae and Wordxclusive. They have proved to have a unique sound that is making them masters of their own arenas. The production no doubt was of top notch, it shows the maturity of the producers and their readiness to handle major projects.
The UG Cypher had 14 artists with Dj Global who also rapped something on top of being on the ones and twos. Giving it to them, they sounded confident and you could feel that everyone came out to capture the listener as well as to sound tighter than the than their predecessor (which is expected) It was a Cypher after all. GNL Zamba stands out for me. I was left with a lot to desire, basing on some of the lyrical delivery esspecialy the explicit content, by some of the artists on the Cypher. Overall, there is good talent in each of them, this was the first of the many Cyphers we are yet to see/listen to, so kudos to the artists.
The Real God, straight from the background male supporting vocals you know something is about to go down, Lyriczz who went in first, killed it, It was a pitiful challenge to anyone who went in after, he set the pace. The good thing about this one is that they had a central topic to rap about and it was exciting to see the creativity each individual used in approaching the topic, it’s annoying that they only had 6 minutes to wrap it up. It being an all Christian rap compilation happening for the first time I give it to them for representing and actually giving their mainstream companions a run for their money. After listening to this song it makes you want to go out and listen to each of these artists independent music, a lot of talent is out there and they seem to be up to something major and with a great message one that is preaching Christ and they are unashamed of their faith. My down moment: Where have all these guys been?
The UG Cypher was arranged and organized by Talent Africa a 360 entertainment company venturing in music, film, events and talent. The Real God was brought to us courtesy of The FAME Records a Video/Audio production house.
The two projects had three connecting points. They are both Hiphop inspired, there was at least a female on each project and the other Ruyonga gets to feature on both. He eats from two plates, he must be a satisfied man.
The best is yet to come, it’s always wonderful to see growth and maturity in an artists’ music, what they can do independently and on a compilation. Depending on how you view it, but in the next coming months we are going to see lots of great music from both sides. Don’t get me twisted, am not comparing but all this music is fighting for our attention and the highest bidder wins. The Christian fraternity still has a lot to do, their sound is fresh on the market and listeners would love an alternative to listen to, so I don’t think they will be sleeping. The mainstream have had their time, it’s a huge pool, we have heard from them before so its more challenging now to see that there is more talent out there. As a hiphop fan I love something I can pound to but at the end of the day, what are you trying to speak into my ears, am a little bit careful on that one… Collaborations between the two fraternities? Who knows..
Like I said in the next few months, the listeners should be ready for more music from these two camps, mixtapes, collaborations, albums, events and loads of more great music.
If you haven’t listened in, take a listen here and you could just leave your thoughts in the comments section.
The Real God featuring Lyriczz, Benezeri, Lyll Mykk, Brian Wade, C Flow, Netron, Brian Musoke, Benjamin Prince, LG, Strait Eloquent, Ruyonga & Sonny. Produced By Aggrey Wordxclusive
The UG Cypher featuring UG Cypher features Navio, GNL, Mith, JB, Atlas, Flex D’Paper, Keko, Tucker HD, Llyboc, Big Tril, St. Nelly Sade, Ruyonga, Don MC & DJ Global. Produced By Samurae