By Byaruhanaga Felix (@TheNinjaFelix)
It’s been 5years since The-Mith dropped his first solo project that cemented his brand TMMG on the UG hip-hop scene. It was this project that introduced us to him as an individual away from the klear kut group. The mixtape gave birth to an anthem “I’m So UG” that later developed into a lifestyle and a fully-fledged brand with merchandise. So, this week on my #ThrowBackPlaylist I re-visit the mixtape and look at some tracks that made it a “Master Piece” that it is.
This is one of the timeless tracks on the mixtape (of course after So UG). It’s a song that will be relevant to the UG hip-hop industry year after year because of the message attached to it. On this track Mr. So UG, talks to his fellow rappers on how to move the industry forward and also paying tribute to P-Tech (R.I.P). While listening to this song one can easily see how The-Mith has influenced the industry through his lyrical content.
This way English and lugaflow can both get representation/
I hope to see an emcee get the artist of the year nomination and go ahead to win the award/
I have seen those who win the award and trust me with what they sing they shouldn’t even be near the award/”
He goes ahead to rap telling his fellow emcees to stand up against the media who ask for payments to get their music far which almost every emcee or any upcoming artist generally in the Ugandan music has gone through when trying to push his/her music.
Give It Up
The instrumental on this track has a catchy old-school melody that will get your head bopping. On this one he features Don MC who delivers his verse clearly and deliberately with witty punchlines. This is one of the on the mixtape where they get to prove why you shouldn’t compare them to rappers since the genre is competitive and no emcee allows that one is better than the other.
I’m nicer than any one you have me up against/
These rappers are straight jokers, Heath Ledger/
Do the math even in death they will never be better
It’s time for my Reign [rain] so, they seek shelter”
—The-Mith (Give it up)
I can go back & forth talking about this one but to sum it all up this is one of the tracks that make the mixtape what it is. The-Mith comes on lyrically strong with pinchlines sculpturing his verses with no hook. He goes ahead to rap;
Before you get disarmed by the charm of an iron hook/”