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The Rise And Rise Of Timmy Tdat Music

The Rise And Rise Of Timmy Tdat Music

It is a normal day in Nairobi, Kenya and in Atlanta, Georgia too. Cable News Network (CNN) is running one of those feature stories on the Matatu culture in Nairobi. They are talking of the pros and cons of the unique transport system that is Nairobi's matatus.
Their tone, of course, is the common stereotype that African people and their products are perceived as: violent and with insecurity. But if you are patient enough to watch to almost the end, you will notice someone being interviewed. He is identified as an upcoming musician and a former tout.
The man struggles to construct English sentences but manages to put his points across anyway. He talks of how the matatus are our sense of identity among other things. His music plays in the background. You would be forgiven to think that they chose his worst song to depict him as a tout. But the truth is his songs, at that moment, are more or less tout like.
That man is Timmy Tdat. He is miles away from the man CNN got to meet. They would probably have to pay him if they wanted an interview today. So much has Timmy Tdat risen that at one point Sauti Sol suggested that he signs his boss, King Kaka, because he is too hot.
Sauti Sol might have made those sentiments as a show of disrespect towards King Kaka but the work and products churned out by Timmy Tdat echo exactly those sentiments.
Starting out as an underground musician, Timmy has broken many ceilings disapproving his distractors in ways not witnessed in a country where the top has made it impossible for the bottom to rise.

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Timmy has risen from Kasabun (an informal settlement on Thika Road) to the East African stage. And he represents the new crop of musicians in Nairobi who can be equated to the mumble rappers of the South United States.
His lyrical prowess is questionable but he sure knows how to blend in with the beats. Equating a woman's behinds to a diaper full of its contents might have been a new low for the music industry but the song in which those references were made took the same industry a notch higher.
The work ethic of this man has also caught the eye of the corporate world. Timmy is now a high flying emcee and has had gigs with big companies like the telco giant Safaricom. He is also hugely involved with Blaze Summit.
The shows and the airplay Timmy receives is seemingly paying off going by the quality of his latest video featuring Dela. Shot at the south coast, the 7-minute-long video has all the indicators of a professionally done piece of art.

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