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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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5 Powerful Success Lessons We Can Learn From Benjamin Franklin
I admire Benjamin Franklin because he succeeded in many fields. He was a successful politician, author, inventor, scientist
After studying his life for a while, I realized powerful success lessons we can learn from this Great Man
‘From a child I was fond of reading, and all the little money that came into my hands was ever laid out in books.’ – Benjamin Franklin
Many successful people believe that reading breeds success because it leads to the accumulation of knowledge useful for succeeding. Maybe Benjamin Franklin knew this because he read a lot. He loved reading so much that he read his father’s religious texts because they were the main books his father possessed. His obsession with reading forced his father, Josiah Franklin, to apprentice him to a printer. Many scholars agree that his reading habit played a great role in making him a great man.
2.Never Ever Wait For The Right Moment
If you want to do something, do it. Never wait for the universe to perfectly arrange things for you before you take action
In 1721, Benjamin Franklin’s brother founded a newspaper. Benjamin Franklin became highly interested in participating in the newspaper, but he believed his position would prevent his brother from allowing him to write. However, instead of waiting for his brother’s permission, he wrote letters and anonymously placed them in his brother’s print shop. People liked the letters so much that they wanted to know him.
Benjamin Franklin never waited for the right moment. He took action when he had an idea and his audacity paid off.
3.Associate With People With Similar Interests
You can progress quickly if you associate with people with similar interests because these folks will help you learn a lot about your field.
Benjamin Franklin knew this principle because he formed an association of aspiring artists and entrepreneurs when he was 21 years old. The association enabled Benjamin to become a better artist and businessman as its members regularly discussed
4.Failure is Inevitable
All successful people including Benjamin Franklin failed on their way to success. Despite becoming one of America’s founding fathers, some of Benjamin Franklin’s political proposals were ignored. Furthermore, despite becoming a well-known author, some of his publications failed.
Benjamin Franklin understood that failure is part of success, and he continued writing and formulating more political proposals. He eventually became a successful politician and author.
5.Work, Work and Work
It’s said that Benjamin Franklin was obsessed with work. His biography reveals how he woke up early to work long hours. Besides this, some of his famous quotes such as ‘laziness makes things difficult, and hard work makes things easier’ proved he believed in a strong work-ethic.
Benjamin Franklin knew that his strong work-ethic played a huge role in making him succeed. In his famous essay, The Way to Wealth, he wrote, ‘If You Are Hardworking, You Will Never Starve.’
Just like other successful folks, Franklin was an ordinary individual who adopted the features of successful people. We can also adopt these features to guarantee a marvelous future.
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