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Papa Jones a.k.a Khaligraph Jones/The OG is my favorite rapper and also the best East African Rapper. You must be living in a cave if you live in East Africa and you don’t know this guy. He flows like water, and he can fluently rap in both English and Kiswahili.
Rap was dead, but Khaligraph Jones is one of the few rappers in the world who is bringing rap back to life because most rappers are now doing TRAP, or is it CRAP?
Anyway, besides loving his songs, I love how Khaligraph came from nothing to be one of the most successful rappers in Kenya. I have learned a few lessons from him that have inspired me to dream bigger and believe in the impossible.
Here are nine powerful lessons I have learned from Khaligraph Jones’ success story.
- You Can Make Something Out Of Nothing
Khaligraph Jones was a broke ass lad before rising to fame. He worked as a nightclub bouncer, and he lived in one of the poorest regions in Kenya’s capital city. In his songs, he always reveals how life was tough before he became rich and famous, and how people used to ignore him because they believed he won’t amount to anything. However, from being a broke ass guy, he is now one of the richest and highest paid rappers in Kenya. He drives flashy cars, and he recently built a mansion.
His story shows that where you currently are doesn’t really matter because you can move from nowhere to somewhere within a short period if you put in the effort.
- Do Your Thing and Never Ever Care What Other People Say
Besides rapping, Khaligraph is also good at not caring what people say. When he entered the music industry, people mocked him because he had an American accent despite being a Kenyan. People thought his style was fake and they believed his accent would ruin his career because the music industry requires originality.
However, Khaligraph ignored the Naysayers. He still has an American accent, and he doesn’t care what people say about him. Ironically, people now love his American accent after he showed them what he can do.
- Be Generous
Most Kenyan musicians are selfish as they often avoid working with upcoming artists. However, despite being the illest rapper in town, Khaligraph is the most generous rapper in East Africa as he always gives a helping hand to aspiring artists by featuring them in his songs. He has made Kenyans recognize some artists they couldn’t have recognized.
In an interview, Khaligraph revealed that he works with young artists because he realized Kenya has too much potential and also because he needs to bring in other people to showcase their musical talents.
- Work Like Hell
The number of songs Khaligraph Jones has released this year proves that he’s currently the most hardworking rapper in East Africa.
- Put God First
Recently, before performing at The Terminal Music Weekend, Khaligraph revealed that besides discipline and hard work, he is successful because he puts God first. He advised aspiring artists to trust in God and he will make a way for them.
- Don’t Waste Your Energy on Unworthy Competition
When asked why he stopped responding to diss tracks from his greatest rival, Papa Jones revealed that he is now too mature to waste time on beefs. The OG revealed that he is now putting more effort into his work instead of unworthy beefs.
The OG made me realize that we always waste our precious time and energy assessing our competitors’ progress. Little do we know that we’ll make quick progress if we channel this energy into our careers/businesses/projects.
- Don’t be Afraid to Reach Out
We are always advised that the shortest route to success is to reach out to the most successful folks in our industry and ask them for guidance and make them work with us. However, most of us fear doing so because we think these folks will ignore us.
Papa Jones isn’t ‘most of us,’ because while he was still a struggling artist, he reached out to Abbas, a badass Kenyan Rapper and asked if he could work with him. To Jones’ surprise, Abbas agreed to do a track with him without any financial demands. The track helped Jones advance in his career.
Recently, Khaligraph also reached out to YCEE, who is currently a big name in the African music industry, and asked if he could work with him. Surprisingly, YCEE agreed to work with him because he RESPECTS THE OG. Together they released a song named Gwala.
With this in mind, we must reach out to successful folks in our industry because they might agree to work with us.
- Do what you love
When Khaligraph Jones was asked how he kept moving forward after being booed off stage, he revealed that the love of music was what kept him going. He continued working on his skills because he loved rapping.
It is easy to give up working hard if you face obstacles on something you don’t love. However, when you love something, the obstacles don’t matter because you will always want to work no matter what.
9. Never Ever Give Up
During the ‘Testimony 1990’ Listening Party, Jones revealed that when he started recording music, many radio stations refused to play his music, and they told him to try another career. Besides this, he almost succumbed to depression because he felt that nobody was listening to his music despite his hard work. However, despite these challenges, Papa Jones never gave up.
Papa Jones is a great rapper, and I deeply believe he’ll reach great heights if he continues working hard and being generous. Currently, he’s the only rapper I believe will put Kenya on the Global map. I pray for him because if he succeeds, Kenya succeeds. KEEP WORKING BRO – SEE YOU AT THE TOP
RESPECT THE OG: HE HAS DONE WHAT MANY CAN’T DO.
Besides the above lessons, I believe there are many more lessons we can learn from the best rapper in East Africa. You are free to share them in the comment box below.
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Top 6 Reasons Most People Can’t Persevere on the Journey to Success
Perseverance refers to the ability to work persistently towards one’s goals despite facing difficulties.
After studying successful people for five years, I realized they all persevered since they never gave up despite facing obstacles. Nothing stopped them from working towards their dreams.
Besides successful folks, we can also persevere, but most people can’t because of the following reasons.
1.People Don’t Study Success
Studying success enlightens you that difficulties, failure, or discouragement are part of the journey hence enabling you to work in spite of their presence. Moreover, studying success shows you that only those who persist succeed hence motivating you to persevere.
2.The Lack of Self-Confidence
Most people can’t persevere because they lack self-confidence. They doubt their abilities and skills and give up easily when they face obstacles.
Successful people persevered because they believed in themselves. They believed they could overcome obstacles and thus continued working towards their goals when obstacles arrived.
3.The Myth of Overnight Success
The myth of overnight success has resulted in the inability to persevere because it makes people think success comes easily. This myth has made aspirers believe success arrives soon after they start working towards it. For this reason, most aspirers give up when they realize that they’ll have to work for a long period and overcome several difficulties before success arrives.
4.People focus on the Outcome
Most individuals can’t persevere because they focus on the outcome. It’s hard to persevere when you focus on the results because it usually takes long before we get the results we expect. People who persevere, focus on the process instead of the results. They know they’ll get the results they want if they forget about them and work on their skills.
5.The Lack of Passion
People who hate their work seldom persevere because they focus on results and misinterpret difficulties. Furthermore, they easily get bored with their work hence making it difficult to work when they face obstacles. Conversely, passionate people persevere because they are obsessed with their work and perceive difficulty as a chance for growth.
6.Focusing on the Possibility of Failure
Focusing on the possibility of failure prevents people from persevering because it discourages them from working towards their goals when they face difficulties.
Most successful people focused on success: they believed they’ll succeed no matter what, and this belief motivated them to continue working in spite of discouragement.
It’s easier for people to work towards their goals when everything is going well. However, most people get discouraged when the going gets tough. The ability to work when it gets tough is what sets successful people apart. We must, therefore, master the art of perseverance.
If you don’t give up you can’t fail.’ – Menna Vaan Praag, Successful Author
Thanks for reading. SEE YOU AT THE TOP
5 Powerful Reasons Why Passion is a Key to Success
I once believed that we don’t need passion to succeed. However, when I started blogging, I realized that passion is a key to success. I noticed that my passion for blogging made me write articles consistently.
Besides this, my research on successful people enlightened me that successful people are passionate about their jobs. They work 24/7 because they enjoy and love their work.
These findings forced me to think deeply about the relationship between passion and success hence making me realize that passion leads to success because it:
1.Makes it Hard for You to Give Up
It will be hard for you to give up on something when you are passionate because you won’t care about the results. You’ll only care about doing your thing, and you’ll do it even when you don’t get the desired results. For instance, if you love singing, you’ll continue singing even when you only have 5 views on Youtube.
2.Makes You a Hard Worker
Passion makes you work more hours because it makes you obsessed with your work. You’ll want to work whenever you find time because you love your work. Besides this, when you are passionate, you’ll work long hours because you won’t be able to tell the difference between work and play. For you, working will be playing.
3.Changes Your Attitudes Towards Difficulties
People who aren’t passionate about their jobs have a negative attitude towards obstacles. They either see them as threats or messages from the universe that they’ll never succeed.
However, passionate people perceive obstacles as an opportunity for growth. They are always eager to overcome them, and they believe they’ll become better at their craft after overcoming obstacles.
4.Prevents You From Wasting Time
If you do what you love, you’ll be obsessed with work because you’ll be excited about it. For this reason, you’ll want to spend most of your time working, and you’ll avoid wasting time on useless activities such as gossiping or liking and commenting on Facebook posts all day.
Passion leads to obsession, which breeds focus. Focus leads to success because it increases the quality of your work as it makes you more skilled and knowledgeable. Besides this, focus prevents you from making mistakes and breeds consistency hence increasing your chances of succeeding.
People who don’t like their jobs seldom succeed because they mostly focus on getting things done. Moreover, they never reach great heights because they usually lack the motivation to improve their skills. However, passionate people have high chances of succeeding because passion increases focus, motivates them to work hard, and changes their attitude towards difficulties. And, lastly, it makes them want to work all the time hence forcing them to avoid time wasting activities.
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