Tuesday, 11 October 2011


Finally the shoot for the KLEAR KUT single, Air UG, is done. I feel like yelling out "F************K!!!" at the top of my lungs from the top of the highest point in Ntinda. Getting this video done has been one of the hardest things we have had to do. The main issue we had was location. Every possible location had been used and you know KLEAR KUT and how we do, new things, all the time. You are welcome.
The video was shot by Donald for YesThatsUs, Deddac, and you know the quality he puts into what he does. And it's done in two locations. First location is at a lounge, Not saying where, kekeke. And the second location is at an airstrip. Not saying where either. It features some very gorgeous Ugandan ladies and of course KLEAR KUT. In some shots you'll be able to see, Dawoo and Enygma, and seeing as Don is shooting it, you should expect the flyest of shots.
Check out some of Don's work...
I am excited about this video, mainly because it's the start of a new reign. Get Your Umbrellas.

It's Your Boy...

More About AIR UG.
Air UG is the official single for the new KLEAR KUT album of the same name. The song is produced by Sam Lamara for Talent Africa and suprisingly it features The Mith 'singing' on the chorus. It features verses from Navio, JB and of course The Mith.
Papito and Langman who are both part of KLEAR KUT are not on this single, but they'll feature heavily on the album. The album features productions from, Sam Lamara, Koz N Effekt, Papito, Aethan and others.
The group will release close to 6 singles before the album drops. Expect to hear KLEAR KUT ft P-Unit, KLEAR KUT ft Necessary Noize and more.

The Mith Set to Remix Maurice Kirya's "Someday"

Over the past six months, Ugandan Hip Hop artist The Mith has appeared on and released some of the hottest  songs in the industry. From "Toast to Life", "Big is Me" off his solo project, to commandeering the hot Klear Kut single verse on Lilian's "Could It Be You", to dropping a hot verse on the Just Jose produced "UG Swagg". Now Mr. So UG is set to appear on Maurice Kirya's official remix for his latest single "Someday".

Maurice Kirya tweeted that The Mith would in fact remix his new single "Someday" after he watched The Mith along with Klear Kut at their "Unplugged" show at Silk Lounge. 

This isn't the first time the two artists are working together. The Mith and Navio appeared on the remix to Maurice Kirya's single "Revolution". 


Tuesday, 24 May 2011

My African Dream

Tom wants me to stop going on about  Ms. Dynamite's "Neva Soft" baaaad gyal choon  and share some thought-provoking arguments with you. At least they were thought-provoking when Tom The Mith and I first had the conversation.

I'm a huge admirer of The Mith and the path his career is taking. I know that should he keep his foot on the peddle he will have the legacy of a founding father of Uganda's hip-hop movement. More than Uganda actually, Kora would suggest the entire Continent. The influence that The Mith and his peers (Danny aka Navio, Abba, and Keko for whom a special mantle is reserved) have cannot be underestimated. Perhaps more important than influencing the lives of young Africans or providing the rhythm, beats and soul of our times, today's artistes are ambassadors of our continent. In a world of YouTube, Facebook, SoundCloud, Twitter and digital radio stations, the  dissemination of information of any sort is almost immediate and definitely so far-reaching that it has already toppled governments and launched the careers of some of the most powerful careers in the global music industry (ask The Beiber - whether or not you're a believer!) There's no need to labour the point.

So, in spite of my lifelong love affair with The Mith and his hustle, I've still got beef with him and his ilk. With the aforementioned stage illuminated, why o why do our hip hop stars fail ever so miserably to project an accurate image of this here beautiful continent, its people and its times. Why do I have to be staring at borrowed Bentleys, poorly styled video vixens and Jay-Z imitating posturing when I watch our videos. Yeah, it's hip hop and it may go without saying that the genre is predominantly about meteoritic rises from nothing to untold wealth and exposure. I can understand the excitement and subsequent servings of Marcy to TriBeCa images, from American artistes. Why a Bentley would turn up in a Ugaflow video is beyond me. I don't mean to be too literal with the automobile but I don't think that our version of aspiration and success is of that exact fabric.

Whilst I'm not asking The Mith to have his videos set against a backdrop of rolling savannah, littered with starving children or any other cliched concepts of the continent, I think that these might sadly be closer to our Truth. The Mith's question to me is then, what exactly my version of the African Dream is. What would my ultimate aspirations be?

I might be the wrong person to ask on the one hand but like many I think I would zero in on a complex but less blingy dream. The basic human desire to survive, have good health, progeny and dignity take on a different form when, for the vast majority of Africans, these very things are threatened everyday by thriving parasites, both microscopic and homo sapiens. Everything from malaria to senile dictatorships and their failed interpretations of service in government make the African Dream so far beyond the money, the cars, the clothes and the hos.

What would my African Dream be? It would certainly be more utilitarian. It would be for better service from our leaders in the perhaps vain hope that they would fashion social economic conditions that allowed the Marcy to Tribeca transition to be less of a joke and more of a reality. How is The Mith to create this imagery? It isn't beyond the realm of his possibilities and it certainly would come cheaper than sourcing a Maybach in Kampala (yeah, I've upgraded :D).

Sidebar: I've got to give props to Navio for 'Nawulilanga' and The Mith for 'Where I'm From'. Navio's video was nicely styled but more importantly reflective of the traditional song on which his track is based. The lyrical content of 'Where I'm from' is so relatable to many lives in the country.

So whilst my dream might involve a radical change in government perhaps, I'm not asking The Mith to take up office. He is however in prime position to challenge those that are or can be such leaders. He is in prime position to show the world that beyond Band Aid and safaris, there is an Africa that is thinking, hopeful, progressive in a fashion that isn't regurgitative but unique and honest.

All this isn't to say that The Mith cannot show or tell us abt his Friday night aspirations, help us party or transport us into relaxation. He can. But he and all artistes shd be frighteningly aware of their ambassadorships and the mandate that comes with them. They should all be aware that their appeal will still be of shared aspiration tailored to voice the dreams of a voiceless many.


Hip Hop Canvass with The Mith...

How did you get your moniker, The Mith, and what does it represent? 
I got my name in Hillside High school. My friends used to call me Mythological because I was always reading on Mythology. When I started rapping I used THE M.I.T.H, which after a studio session with Hannz Tactiq, turned from just a name to the acronym, MUSIC IN THE HIGHEST. That’s what it represents, because that's what I deliver.

Define your lyrical style in a few words…
I try my hardest to be relevant and make people relate. There are many people out there rhyming about everything, but where they’re from. I rhyme about the life of a Ugandan.

When and how did it all begin for The Mith?
It started in Hillside High School in 1999. I wrote my first rhyme, THE REASON, and got hooked to words and what they do. I haven’t stopped since then.

At what point did you know you were an above-average rapper?
I thought I was okay, but when I started getting word from South African rappers saying I impressed them with my writing and all, I decided to take it to the next level.

While our focus is on emcee skills so let’s dig into that for a bit. Who influenced your style growing up?
I listened to a lot of Biggie, Jay-Z, Nas, Snoop, Pun and Canibus. So I took a lot from each of them. But my main influence had to be the African artists I started listening to. From K-South in Kenya all the way down to ProVerb in South Africa, these guys influenced me a lot because it’s so much easier to relate to them and what they rap about. The African Dream is the same all over.

What's your take on the hip hop industry right now both locally and internationally and where would you like to see it at 5 years from now?
F**k the international scene, [it's] not of any interest to me. Locally, I think there’s no genre moving at a better pace. I see Hip-Hop artists always trying to better themselves. Whether it be with the music, the videos, the performances or the mergers and Business ventures, the artists are pushing the boundaries further and further on a daily basis. So the Hip-Hop industry can only grow. 5 years from now I can’t wait to see where it’s going to be.

According to you, what makes you appear as unique in the music industry in Uganda or East Africa?
I have refused to dumb down. A lot of the artists in E.A have dumbed down a lot in order to get some money, but in the process, they have lost who they are. I am still me, no 2 ways about that.

Which (mainstream or underground) artist earned your respect and why?
I think there’s no 1 artist I respect over others. There are a bunch of artists I respect and for various reasons. Nonini is building an empire. Dude has gone from videos for every song on his album to tours in States and phone apps, to movies and managing artists. Navio mainly because dude is persistent. The Ugandan industry usually affects the artists' heads, especially when they gain success, but he still stays regular working hard like he is just coming out. And many others.

The Week Of September is the title of your upcoming LP. What influenced this album title? 
I was born on September 8th and I started conceptualizing the album with a friend of mine, P-Tech, in September 06 before he died. 

The September Reign mixtape was definitely sizzling hot, what can we expect from your new album The Week Of September?
Better production. Better concepts. Better lyrics. Better collabos. Everything on the album has been put to a Better level.
What is your favorite album of all time?
Ready To Die – Biggie. But Doggy Style has to be mentioned, they go hand in hand for me.

You just finished recording your album. Any special guests on the album you can reveal to the fans?

Percussion Discussion Africa.
Don MC
Deejay Aludah
Tickie Tah
F**k it, every collabo is a special 1.
Percussion Discussion Africa

Deejay Aludah
Tickie Tah
Don MC



Immortal interview question; any artists you’d like to work with on your next EP/LP/mixtape?
Lillian (Blu*3)
Maurice Kirya and some more I won’t reveal because I don’t want these non-creative f**ks to go and do them before me.

Lilian (Blu*3)
Maurice Kirya

If you had to drive from Ntinda to Nairobi and you could only take 3 CDs with you, what would they be?

 Life After Death – Biggie
Afrigo Bands first album
And anything from Freshly Ground.
Afrigo Band
Freshly Ground
Projecting, what does the future hold for The Mith?
More. I am putting out more music. More videos. More collabos. More ideas. So the future for me is all about MORE.

Do you have any other ultimate goals?
Doing an album that crosses over. A soundtrack of sorts. One that will get accolades in every award ceremony and get noticed in every country.

Okay so this one's a little bit left-field; On to Fashion, what do you consider to be your personal style, what brands are you rockin' right now?
I’m So UG T-shirt, Latif jeans, Adidas shoes and all.
Adidas Classics

Final thoughts?
THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER in stores soon.

Tuesday, 22 March 2011


Basketball is my favorite sport
I like the way they dribble up and down the court
Just like I'm the King on the microphone so is Dr. J and Moses Malone
I like Slam dunks take me to the hoop
My favorite play is the alley oop
I like the pick-and-roll, I like the give-and-go,
Cause it's Basketball, uh, Mister Kurtis Blow

"Basketball" - Kurtis Blow (1984)

Anyone would be hard-pressed to claim that Hip Hop and the game of Basketball are only relative. The two can only be stretched so far to dispute all proof of how much influential similarities they have aside from what the DJ has on his playlist at the games; right down to what kind of gear fans bump on their feet (Nike Air Jordans). 
Here's a recap of what went down at Friday Night Lights Basketball game - Week II:

LAST Friday evening, basketball players encountered their fans in an evening of interactive fun and games.

This was not the usual Friday Night Lights you may have heard of — nothing to do with the famed American football series in the US. This was the Friday Night Lights at Wandegeya, YMCA basketball court.

With the main basketball season over, the Friday Night Lights involves basketball pros taking on fans in a series of brief and entertaining games as part of a greater goal to encourage skills transfer, sharing as well as interaction.

There was the hip-hop music to dance to and young and beautiful ladies dressed fashionably, as if headed straight to a night club. These added glamour to the event.

The ladies cheered the teams made up of tall and sturdy basketball players as well as their fans. Entry was free for the ladies while the men parted with sh3,000.

Teams won token prizes of cash and beer. The top prize was sh750,000 for the fan that could successfully make a centre shot and score.

This was quite a challenge for those that made an effort to make a winning shot from the centre of the court. At the end, no one made it.

Next week, the prize goes higher by 250,000 to become 1,000,000 for a fan who can make a winning shot.

While fans, especially the ladies, could not get enough of Klear Kut rapper, The Mith’s hip-hop performance, they may have found Rabadaba more entertaining.

He teased them with his dances and reached out to them to sing along with him.

If one did not understand the rules of the game, they at least got the cue when to cheer the best teams.

With many young people looking out for where to ‘happen’ on a Friday evening, they seemed to have found a new companion in Friday Night Lights. 

Friday Nights at YMCA redefined - The New Vision - Tuesday 15th March 2011.

Sunday, 13 March 2011


Sam Lamara, C.E.O. and producer of ROOTA RECORDS, is a genius.

This one night he sent Enygma, Lyrikal Proof, GNL, Atlas, Pl@y and myself a beat and said he wanted us to jump on it and "body the beat".
We all got to downloading but Lyrikal Proof was quicker with everything than the rest of us; he got the concept of the song, wrote the hook and two 16-bar verses. Mind you, the song was supposed to have one 12-bar verse from all of us.
We went in at different times to record but each time someone would go in, he'd find another MC - not part of the original 6 - there. And before you knew it, this new MC would get in the booth and lay down a 12-bar verse. The song now has 18 MCs and it is a PROBLEM.

For everyone who never knew how lyrically tight Ugandan MCs are, this is the song you MUST listen to.


The nicest when I write - I'm Phil Jackson, I know how to win with mics (Mikes) - 
Been dope way before you called Jesus/ Christ - He's the type to punch through you/ 
to peek into the afterlife - The Mith Music Group/ each bar is tight - And I never see defeat/
I'm barbaric with words/ in a bar fight - Get your lights knocked out/ on [Knights] nights out like Suge - 
You'll get thrown in the trunk/ nigga you're far from Hood - 
I am not one for the lime light - I am for the high beams -
Dan Brown/ each verse is a movie scene
I have no choice but to be fly - 
Nose up in the air my jeans (genes) say it/ you should Levi (Leave I)

Enjoy the song.

Thursday, 10 March 2011

Signs The World Is Coming To An End: Thousands of Dead Birds Fall From The Sky.

The first signs the world is coming to an end of 2011. How in the world did some 3,000 black birds just fall out of the sky on New Year's Eve? Oh, what a bad omen that is. 

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Wildlife experts are trying to solve a mystery that evoked images of the apocalypse: Why did more than 3,000 red-winged blackbirds tumble from the Arkansas sky shortly before midnight on New Year's Eve?

Scientists are investigating whether fireworks, poison or bad weather might have forced the birds out of the sky, or if a disoriented bird simply led the flock into the ground.

"We have a lot more questions," said Karen Rowe, an ornithologist with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. She said there are documented cases of birds becoming confused and plunging to earth.

Residents of the small town of Beebe, northeast of Little Rock, awoke Saturday to find thousands of dead blackbirds littering a 1.5-square-mile area. The birds inexplicably dropped dead, landing on homes, cars and lawns. Cleanup crews wore white suits, gas masks and rubber gloves as they spent the holiday weekend gathering the carcasses.

The birds will not be missed. Large blackbird roosts like one at Beebe can have thousands of birds that leave ankle- to knee-deep piles of droppings in places.

Nearly a decade ago, state wildlife officials fired blanks from shotguns and cannons to move a roost of thousands of blackbirds from Beebe, but in recent years many of the migratory birds returned.

Bird carcasses were shipped to the Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission and the National Wildlife Health Center in Madison, Wis. Researchers in Georgia also asked for a set of the dead birds. Test results could be back in a week.

Rowe said many of the birds suffered injuries from striking the ground, but it was not clear whether they were alive when they hit.

Blackbirds have notoriously bad eyesight. If startled at night, they could easily fly into the ground, Rowe said. A few grackles and a couple of starlings were also among the dead. Those species roost with blackbirds, particularly in winter.

"Every dog and cat in the neighborhood that night was able to get a fresh snack that night," Rowe said. 

They were poisoned because the officials were trying to control the number of birds in their area.

Whatever the case, I think one thing is for sure, there are so many irregularities going on in the world today. As a person, what one can do is get right with his/values. 1.