NJAA YA NAI (EP) - R.I.Z.E

NJAA YA NAI (EP) - R.I.Z.E

If you pride yourself on knowing an extensive amount about the music scene in Nairobi, you can’t finish a conversation without bringing up R.I.Z.E. 🗣 I say this because, in many other offerings, he discusses themes like struggles, heartbreak, & anguish, with narratives & storytelling abilities that are well above most are capable of. ✍🏾 Boasting four tracks, it gives you a small taste of the talents he has, flexing bilingual muscles & doing lyrical gymnastics across varying sounds but just so you know, his aptitudes don’t stop there. 🧠  Each song & each sound is nothing short of brilliance as the entire body of work continues to get better as you listen. 🎧✨Opening up with “L.I.N” (best track imo), it offers a ruthless instrumental that contains a mysterious synth alluding to a dark moment in time coupled with hard-hitting drums & shaky trap-influenced hats that speed things up & captivate your attention. 🔊🔥 Throughout the record, he chronicles what life in Nairobi is like & what it takes to make it out of that poverty induced spiral most people in this city are struggling on the daily to get out of. 💰 The storytelling that takes place in this song does well to help listeners follow along with the narrative that’s being presented & he does well to stand as an accurate synecdoche for this turbulent area. 🌇 The subsequent tracks that follow are just as impressive as they are encapsulating, like on the second track “Niko Eazeh” (Ft. Steph) where hearing him talk about his constant grind & his underst&ing that all of his hard work is going to pay off is a breath of fresh air. 🌬Plus, @Steph absolutely killed that verse! 🥵 All in all, R.I.Z.E’s delivery style is rabid & impassioned but his flows are infectious & tripleted, letting him skate all over the quick paced instrumentals he was presented with. 🎙 It’s safe to say that he is doing a great job & while he is still clawing his way out of the underground bunch, he has lowkey made so many strides that other up & comers would & should awe at. 🍎 It ain’t easy living in Nairobi fr. 💯