UNTOLD PROFILE with FELIX NYAMBE
RAPPER Bra B was reported to have differed with Macky II’s manager Shawn Kaystar, during the Hip-Hop Festival held at Woodlands Stadium in Lusaka that was headlined by South African hip-hop mogul Cassper Nyovest.
Bra B aka The Most Feared expressed his frustrations on the song Blacklisted, which also had a go at Alpha Entertainment.
No need to speculate further; Bra B is no longer under the cover of Kopala Swag and has since signed with Sound Empire of Lusaka.
Born Brian Mwamba, the 28-year-old started his career with Tommy D Na Mafela, and is somewhat known for engaging in the so-called beef with other artistes, particularly rappers. In fact, he has a number of songs that could be termed controversial.
Bra B says that his early music career was inspired by the likes of social commentator Danny Kaya and late Crystal Shawn, who influenced him in songwriting.
“I met Tommy D Na Mafela sometime in 2008 and began recording at his Hard-Core studios situated in Chilenje South, Lusaka,” he says.
While with Tommy D, the rapper managed to record a number of songs that caught the ear of Alpha Entertainment in Ndola.
Some of the songs he recorded include the self-praise Ndine Bra B featuring Tommy D, Hard-Core Part II and Balale.
Two years later, having joined Alpha Entertainment, which had the likes of Macky II, Cream Dollar, Baska Baska and Uncle James Dizzy on its ranks, Bra B went on to establish himself with even bigger hits such as Ama Cheeky featuring Chef 187.
“I also recorded Twatonena with Macky II, Ama Groupie that featured Pilato and Peneka with Chef 187, Pilato and Camstar,” he says.
His other song with Chef 187 titled Bo Pena did find its way on to the airwaves but not without the controversy that surrounded its lyrical content. It was the same with Ndine Opena and Chikalakukalipa whose lines fans thought were aimed at fellow rappers Alpha Romeo and Slap D respectively.
But his engagement with Sound Empire seems to have kicked-off on a non-confrontational note.
“With Sound Empire, which is the brain-child of Elvis Chipuka, I have managed to record tracks such as Cry of an Upcomer, Mazya [featuring Elz Laema] and Siti Komboka [feat. Dotee],” says the former Muchinga Basic and Arakan Secondary School pupil.
So, having disappeared from the industry and managed to come back under Sound Empire, will he continue with the beef?
“For me, I just want to be a smart artiste and really one who is seen to be taking on fellow rappers or managers, it’s just my music style,” he says.
Well, beef has evolved in hip-hop.
Adam London, writing on the evolution of feuds in hip hop in The Odyssey for the University of Massachusetts, Amherst says the art of feuding in rap is seemingly lost.
“Rap/Hip Hop is one of the most unique genres in all of music. Artistes formulate clever rhyme schemes over precisely compacted instrumentals all with the same goal in mind: to stake their claim as the best. Because of this, the genre and music produced from it is highly personal. Rappers give you first-hand insight into their lives: from their upbringing and all the way along their road to success,” London wrote.
“Rappers won’t shy away from letting listeners know about their success, in all definitions of the word. Money, women, cars, and clothes are all common themes in rap/hip hop music, each used to demonstrate why a respective rapper is the best and most successful in the business. They also won’t shy away from having their feelings be heard on fellow members of the industry, or in their eyes, their competition.
“Since its origins, rap is arguably the most individually competitive genre in music. From rap battles to diss tracks, the art of insulting your opponent, while simultaneously boosting your stock, is essential in the rap world.”