By Cleo K. Murungi (@Cleo_TheSphynx)
“Pay attention, double entendres in these lines/
I punch so hard you see two fingers where there is one/”
And that is just opening of verse one of the track! Payne Keelah or like I like to call him, “Pain The Killer”, is not taking any hostages. Da Champ is Track 4 off his geniusly titled EP, 256 Bars dropped in November last year. The beat was crafted by PapaStoney Chase who is well known for sampling. This beat has a sample taken from Yvonne Chaka Chaka’s Sangoma which is a powerful song, and gets you nodding to the beat but still light enough to allow a listener to pay attention to the lyrics, which is what Payne Keelah is all about. He makes this look Ezzy.
I first learnt of Payne Keelah about 3 years ago when he said, “critics have described me as a bad muthaf&#? *#@! “ And he wasn’t lying. He has steadily grown into a force to be reckoned with. His metaphors and punchlines are as potent as they are hilarious, with references to scenarios relatable to the average Ugandan. The release of this song is quite timely especially with his victory at the previous rap battle where he completely disseminated his opponent.Payne Keelah is definitely securing his spot in the ranks; Y’all should be paying attention, cuz Da Champ is Here!