Kenyan-Born Artist Featured on Kanye West New Album

An undated image of Mark Mbogo, popularly known as KayCyy
  • A Kenyan-born rapper has achieved the proverbial American Dream after he got featured on American artist cum producer Kanye West’s new album titled Donda.

    Mark Mbogo, popularly known as KayCyy Pluto, is featured on track number 16 titled Keep My Spirit Alive alongside Westside Gunn and Conway the Machine.

    Hailed as a revolutionary piece of music that would transcend in the current generation of the hip-hop industry, Kanye West released the album with 27 tracks.

    An undated image of Mark Mbogo, popularly known as KayCyy
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    It features other notable artists such as Shawn Carter (Jay-Z), Ariana Grande, Travis Scott, DaBaby among others.
    Mbogo’s chorus serenades the song as both Kanye, Gunn, and Conway skillfully show off their rap prowess.

    During a past interview with the US-based magazine Complex, the 23-year-old rapper detailed that he got to meet the American rapper in Los Angeles after being linked by American singer Akon’s brother Abou “Bu†Thiam.  

    Not being shy of taking opportunities, he played a couple of his songs to Kanye who liked his melodies, and a year later, Kanye decided to involve him in the Donda album.

    “They (Thiam and Kanye) have been friends for a while, and I met Kanye in L.A. at his house. I played “No Luck†for him when I got the chance, and he said he liked my melodies. 

    “I didn’t see him for another year, or maybe half a year. Then Thiam ended up managing him, and the link-up happened again. This time, it was just for sure. I locked in and started working on the album, Donda, for like a year and a half,” he stated.

    Born and raised in Kenya for ten years, Mbogo and his family moved to Minnesota and ultimately settled in New York. He noted that the Swahili culture has influenced his ability to diversify his music.

    “It (Kenyan culture) shaped me a lot. That culture is important to me. I still speak Swahili, and other languages, so that definitely shaped me to know more.

    “Without knowing the languages and being tapped into my roots, I probably wouldn’t make such diverse music,” he stated.

    An undated file image of Kanye West at a past event
    An undated file image of Kanye West at a past event
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  • Source: KENYAGIST.COM