Genre: Hip Hop
Like the name of one of his songs, “Jogoo”, Nikki Mbishi’s powerful punchlines can crow anyone to full attention, even the non-hip hop converts. Nikki Mbishi, however, was not born with a silver mic on his hands. He rose through the ranks, earning his stripes, like a true hip hop emcee. Nikki remembers one of the freestyle battles, where he knocked out Godzilla, C Feza, Mkristo and Emanuel Massawe to win the crown.
With Mr II aka Sugu and Prof. Jay as his idols, it was just a matter of time before his punches moved him in front of the line, to stand amongst the best. Ironically, it was his second place during Shujaa freestyle competition at Coco Beach (Dar es Salaam) that earned him an offer from Duke Tachez to record under Jay Murda of Tongwe Records. By the time Duke Tachez’s M-Lab Records was launched, Nikki Mbishi was already a heavyweight hip hop artist in his own wordplay right. Nikki Mbishi eventually signed with the M-Lab Studios.
Now, will his son, Malcolm X, be like his father? Who knows. In the meantime we will have to settle for Nikki’s punchlines and metaphors.