Striking a friendship with fellow artist Kristoff is one of the reasons rapper Khaligraph Jones grew from just another talented rapper to a well-known brand name and a force to be reckoned with in the music industry.
“Kristoff was the first artist I ever saw drive himself when I invited him to our studio in Umoja in 2012,” said Jones.
“When we started hanging out together my perspective of life changed. I was still the best rapper then but hanging out with him gave me an opportunity to meet celebrities like P-unit, Collo, became friends with STL. I even went To Sub Sahara studios that had signed Camp Mulla.”
Jones and Kristoff worked on several collabos around this period till 2016 when rumors started to swirl the two were no longer on speaking terms. Though they never really addressed the rumors, Jones stated that this phase put him on a different path.
A better one.
“Those experiences changed my life,” Jones said. “While am not saying its good to leave your Gang Gang behind but sometimes you have to go out there and meet people who will motivate you to become something greater. Usikae mtaa sana, Tembea uku nje ujue watu wanafikiria aje.”
Jones stated that opening up his mind to a world outside his own was key to his blowing up. He urged other rappers to follow suit if they are tired of being talented but broke.
“Hakuna kitu mbaya Kama kuwa the best rapper na una recycle jeans mbili na kiatu pair moja. I was there and that shit was painful,” said Jones.
“Talented skillful rappers need to break out of their circles to become successful, affiliate yourself with people that will help you amplify your talent and potential, people who will make you push yourself to the limit.”