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CELEB BUZZ: My top ten Kenyan rappers of all time

CELEB BUZZ: My top ten Kenyan rappers of all time

Rapper Octopizzo is one of the writer’s top 10 rappers. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP Picking a favourite rapper is extremely hard, especially if you’re only allowed to only put one name down. Luckily, Daily Nation has afforded me the freedom to express myself with multiple words so I’ll name ten rappers. I’ve still ranked them from best to wors…… Hold on! There is no ‘worst’ here. This is a list of the greats. Here we go. 1.E-Sir Some staunch rap fans don’t rate him highly because his style was more commercial than conscious. However, no other Kenyan rapper has ever managed to exert more influence than him. In terms of how iconic he is, E-Sir is like the Kenyan version of Tupac and the Notorious BIG. Most rappers on this list have great songs but none of them had songs that everyone could sing along to, word for word. It’s sad that he passed away at search an early age. There are those who argue that he is only considered great because he died. They say that because he passed away while still young, we only remember the best work from his brief catalogue. Meanwhile, someone like King Kaka gets lambasted and told “you don’t make tracks like “Dodoma” anymore.” It somehow makes sense. If E-Sir would be alive today there is a chance he would have made sup-bar music at some point. It’s impossible to make music for fifteen years and not put out work that is tasteless. But we can’t penalize E-Sir for dying right? He captured the minds and hearts of the masses. Sometimes that’s all that is needed to be the greatest of all time. 2. Johnny Vigeti He is the complete opposite of E-Sir. He is super-conscious. He holds the honour of having the best verse in the history of Kenyan Hip Hop. Many years ago, Johnny Vigeti together with other Ukoo Flani Mau Mau members teamed up with Ibra Da Hustler to create the iconic track called “Punchlines Kibao.” Perhaps they should have just called it “Punchlines za Vigeti!” In it, Johnny delivered what was the most cracking verse ever. The shrewdness in it was worthy of a standing ovation. But the verse alone doesn’t make Johnny great. As part of Kalamashaka, he was one of the first mainstream artistes to taste real fame. He also made many kids out there realize they can rap. Before Kalamashaka, no one ever saw considered rapping a viable career in Kenya. 3. Abbas He might have gone MIA lately but the name Abbas aka Jerry Doobiez will never fail to be mentioned when the greats are being talked about. My favorite verse from him was from the song “2050” in which he teamed up with Chiwawa and Malik. He blessed us with poetic, rewind-worthy bars that have forever refused to vacate my headspace. There were two phases in his career. First, there was Abass, the K-South member then there was Abass the solo […]

2019 March Madness: Bracket Voodoo’s top 10 favorites to help you fill out your bracket and win your office pool

2019 March Madness: Bracket Voodoo’s top 10 favorites to help you fill out your bracket and win your office pool

The 2019 NCAA Tournament bracket is set and our bracketvoodoo.com prediction engine has analyzed every play of the 2018-2019 season. Here are the Bracket Voodoo favorites to win this year’s tournament. While this list typically varies from our Power Ranking (since it also incorporates the difficulty of each team’s championship path), this year’s list mirrored our Bracket Voodoo Power Rankings exactly. Duke is the top overall seed, the top ranked team in our Power Rankings , and our pick as the most likely team to take home the title in 2019. With Zion Williamson back and looking healthy for the start of the tourney, Coach K and Duke seem an obvious favorite. However the selection committee threw the No. 1 East seed a curveball, putting Big Ten champ and our No. 5 ranked Michigan State in the East as the No. 2 seed. Duke will also have to go through Virginia Tech , a team they lost to in a short-handed matchup earlier in the season. The Blue Devils’ talent still makes them the favorite, but a tough East Regional will be a harder path than they’d like. Gonzaga is the No. 1 seed in the West, the Bracket Voodoo No. 2 ranked team, and a close second as the favorite to cut down the nets in Minneapolis. In fact they are the most likely team to reach the Final Four because of their projected easier path, edging out Virginia , Duke, and UNC by slim margins at 47 percent. They suffered a surprise upset to the Saint Mary’s Gaels in the WCC championship, but we don’t project that to slow them down. Michigan , Texas Tech , and Florida State are all dangerous teams in the West that could present a challenge, but the Bulldogs have to be happy with their placement. Start a bracket pool to compete against friends or play for the chance to win a college basketball dream trip. Get in the action today! Virginia , the No. 1 seed in the South is in a virtual tie with Gonzaga at just under a 16 percent chance to win. Their path to the Final Four is harder with a potential matchup against No. 6 Tennessee , but if they do reach Minneapolis, at least they won’t be on the same side of the bracket as Duke. After a disappointing loss to Florida State in the ACC Tournament and an unprecedented upset loss to No. 16 seed UMBC in last year’s tourney, you can bet junior Kyle Guy and the Cavaliers will come out fired up and looking to make a statement. UNC , the final No. 1 seed (and third from the ACC), is our 4th most-likely-to-win out of the Midwest region at just under 15 percent. Roy Williams has his squad back in a top slot again and facing the second easiest path to the Final Four, although No. 2 seed Kentucky would like to have something to say about that, and if things […]

Queer Girl: Top 10 Stunning Moments From ‘Queer Eye’ Season 3

Queer Girl: Top 10 Stunning Moments From ‘Queer Eye’ Season 3

Screen Shot 2019-03-17 at 12.00.08 AM I’m Selina, Awards Circuit’s queer Girl Friday for everything LGBTQIA+ on film & TV! After too many Fab 5-less months of Netflix content, the Season 3 of “Queer Eye” finally dropped on March 15. Featuring even more inspiring heroes, memeable moments and Cinderella transformations, the Fab 5 moved from Atlanta, Georgia to Kansas City, Missouri to spread their message of self-love across America. After bingeing the entire season in less than a day (I missed Jonathan Van Ness , okay) I can safely say Season 3 is the best one yet. Here are the top ten highlights from the new season, in case you can’t sit down for a full Netflix & chill session just yet. 10. Goodbye French Tuck, Hello Leather Jackets Okay, so Tan is still pushing the French tuck for all its worth, but at least we’ve got a new style trend I am so very into: leather motorcycle jackets. Several different heroes end up with a leather jacket in their wardrobe (including “Queer Eye’s” first lesbian hero, Jess ). Expect your social media feeds to be bombarded with hot leather lewks for the forseeable future. 9. Seeing Past The Masculine and Feminine The nice thing about watching “Queer Eye” is their adapted definition of a “makeover” show, which takes its cue from contestants– who are referred to as heroes– themselves. There are no expectations to conform to masculine or feminine representation, in personal style or home decor. This completely opens up the makeover process, and allows an open discussion about self-expression (and also features Jonathan strutting his stuff in some great heels). I loved that Jody, Season 3’s first heroine who enjoyed many masculine-typed pursuits, wasn’t given a wardrobe of heels and tight dresses, the usual treatment on most makeover shows. 8. Another Great Cast of Deserving Heroes Every season of “Queer Eye” has been progressively more diverse, with Season 3 boasting 9 heroes, with a record four female heroes this year. Additionally, four of the heroes were black and six were parents, with an age range spanning from 21 to 49. We even got our first lesbian hero, Jess! As per usual, every hero more than deserves the Fab 5 treatment, with many being pampered for the first time in years. One of my favorite moments was watching Mary (aka “Shorty”) see her new smile after getting her front teeth fixed, a scene you will most definitely ugly cry over. 7. The Fab 5 Make Personal Connections With Their Heroes’ Struggles The Fab 5 are known for talking about their personal struggles with heroes who share those experiences, and Season 3 tripled down on this tradition with discussions about coming out, adoption, homelessness, and the grieving process. Hearing about Bobby’s early struggles with homelessness (even living in his car for a time) and Jonathan’s grief over losing his stepfather provide a touching, deep connection between the heroes and the Fab 5, not to mention the “Queer Eye” audience. […]

League of Legends: Top 10 Players of the LEC

League of Legends: Top 10 Players of the LEC

LEC League European Championship In the LEC’s inaugural season we have seen it all. With the near conclusion of the regular season, we take a look at the Top 10 players of the league. The list is also entirely subjective and can have inconsistencies with what others think. The way I looked at the list was with the idea that these players should be in contention for MVP, not just because of their individual play, but also by showing their worth to their teams. #1 Xerxe Xerxe Splyce LoL Position: Jungle Team: Splyce Splyce was one of the most underrated teams coming into the franchised LEC and many didn’t believe that this team could perform to the level of Fnatic, G2, and Origen. It feels like Splyce has been on a mission to prove everyone wrong. A significant contributor to this is Xerxe, who is the best jungler in the LEC. League happens to be a team game, but when Xerxe can dictate the pace, you know that Splyce will be on the front foot. Xerxe leads the Jungle position in KDA, Kill Participation, Gold Difference @10, and EXP Difference @10, while also sporting the lowest death percentage in the role. Xerxe has helped Splyce become one of the top teams in the league and will be fascinating to watch in the playoffs. #2 Caps Caps G2 Esports LoL Position: Mid Lane Team: G2 Esports It is hard to argue against the inclusion of Caps as one of the best players in the LEC. Ever since leaving Fnatic for G2, Caps has shown how much his signing has meant for G2. G2 have hit the ground running and are sitting in first place for the playoffs. Caps has pulled some incredible 1v9 performances and has a strong understanding of the overall map. However, he has encountered times where he overextends and has cost G2 games. Overall, the addition of Caps has helped G2 have a shot to dominate the region once again. #3 Nukeduck Nukeduck Origen LoL Position: Mid Lane Team: Origen Is this finally the year of the duck? Whether you want the meme dead or want it to finally come through, we have seen glimpses that Nukeduck can accomplish just about anything. He has crushed Caps in lane with a fascinating Zed performance but has also shown some downsides when Origen failed to pick up wins towards the beginning of the season. When he brings his best it feels that Nukeduck is not able to be brought down, but the main thing he’s lacking is consistent performances. #4 Kobbe Kobbe Splyce LoL Position: ADC Team: Splyce Kobbe has been destroying it in the bot lane. This is in part because he has some help from Norskeren to navigate through the laning phase. Kobbe has put up some monster performances against some of the other top ADCs in the league, Perkz and Upset being the most recent ones. Maintaining the second highest KDA in the league for ADCs […]

NCAA wrestling championships: 10 things to know before matches get started in Pittsburgh

NCAA wrestling championships: 10 things to know before matches get started in Pittsburgh

The NCAA Division I wrestling championship goes from March 21-23 at the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Here are 10 things to know before the action gets started. 1. How do you spell H-O-D-G-E? For Penn State’s Jason Nolf and Bo Nickal, this season has been a case of ‘what you can do, I can do better.’ The Penn State seniors have combined to win four NCAA titles and compiled an incredible 217-6 collegiate record, including a 51-0 mark as seniors. WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS: Brackets, schedule, qualifiers and latest news for DI championships Nolf, from Yatesboro, Pennsylvania, is PSU’s all-time pins leader with 59 and is 112-3 for his career, including a 26-0 mark in 2018-19. Nickal (25-0), from Allen, Texas, is 105-3 for his career with 56 pins. Nolf lost in the NCAA finals in 2016 to Illinois’ Isaiah Martinez, but has routed the 157-pound field the last two NCAA meets. Nickal lost in the 2016 174-pound NCAA final to Ohio State’s Myles Martin, but returned the favor in dramatic fashion last March to win his second title. Both Nolf and Nickal are seeded No. 1 this week and are each favored to win a third NCAA championship. Most would agree, the Hodge Trophy, collegiate wrestling’s version of the Heisman Trophy, is a battle between these two “take-no-prisoner” seniors. One more to round out the evening — who else but Bo and his latest title! #PSUwr pic.twitter.com/kJDckGyb4p — Penn State WRESTLING (@pennstateWREST) March 11, 2019 Others, on the outside looking in, include Iowa’s Alex Marinelli, Cornell’s Yianni Diakomihalis, PSU’s Mark Hall, and Ohio State’s Myles Martin. 2. Battle of attrition Talk of the 133-pound division has included “best ever,” the “toughest weight class in the history of the world,” and “the deepest weight in recent history.” However you describe it, at the end of the day — or three days for that — whoever wins this bracket in Pittsburgh will have earned it. From the opening whistle Thursday there are going to be nothing but big-time matches. The bottom half of the bracket reads like some sort of All-Star meet with national finalists, All-Americans, and, basically, a bunch of really good wrestlers. SELECTION SHOW: See all the qualifiers announced Oklahoma State freshman Daton Fix (30-1) is the top seed; he won a Junior World Championship in freestyle before college. Michigan’s Stevan Micic is unbeaten and a finalist in 2018. Third-seeded Nick Suriano of Rutgers was an NCAA finalist at 125 last March. Pittsburgh rookie Micky Phillippi is the only man to beat Fix this season. Ohio State’s Luke Pletcher was an All-American in 2018. Minnesota’s Ethan Lizak is a two-time All-American and an NCAA finalist in 2017. How stacked is this weight? Wyoming sophomore Montorie Bridges, the Big 12 runner-up, was an All-American last March. He’s seeded 12th this week. And what’s even better? Only two of the top eight seeds are seniors — Lizak, at No. 6, and Missouri John Erneste, at No. 8. That is the […]