Wakadinali, who dominated the awards show in 2019 received three nods. Photo: Courtesy.

Ever since the first event held on December 18, 2016, as UnKut The Cypher, UnKut Hip Hop awards have grown into arguably Kenya’s biggest hip hop awards show. The nominees’ list for the 2020 UnKut Hip-hop awards has been released with Wakadinali leading. Scar and Sewersydaa were individually nominated for ‘Best Male Artist’ and ‘Best Drill Artist’ respectively. Collectively, the trio who also dominated the awards show in 2019 received three nods. The ‘Best Male Artist’ category promises the biggest showdown between Kenya’s vibrant, young rappers. The category will see Scar battle it out with Breeder LW, Boutros and Asum Garvey for the honours, a dream showdown for Kenyan hip-hop fans.

Since featuring on Khali Cartel 3, Breeder LW has been putting in work and the strings of hits under his belt show the Bazenga Daddii rapper didn’t come to play.  Boutross, on the other hand, is also a force to reckon with having started the year on a high, releasing Juice Man featuring Sho Madjozi and other artists under AD Family. Interestingly, Breeder and Boutross previously featured on AD Family’s Shrap Gang Mafia Cypher released in December 2018. Scar needs no introduction as his 2019 hit Kovu hit is arguably the most remixed hip-hop song of recent times. Mbogi Genje actually gained fame for Kidungi, their freestyle over the Kovu beat. Asum Garvey, perhaps the lesser-known of the four was among the top ten new hip-hop acts for 2017. He boasts of an impressive catalogue with Connect being his latest release.

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The ‘Best Female Artist’ category will be a six-way battle pitting Silverstone Barz, Dyana Cods, Steph The Rapper, Groovy Jo, Maandy and Ssaru against each other.

Critically-acclaimed Nakuru- based rapper Romi Swahili who dropped the Blaque Swahili album saw his work recognized as he received two nods for the ‘Lyricist of the Year’ and ‘Album of the Year’.

Romi Swahili. Photo: Courtesy.

Here are some of the other nominees:

Dj of the Year


Kev The DJ

Ricky Ranx

GI Selects

Lyricist of the Year

Romi Swahili

Jakk Quill



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Video Director of the Year




Robert Wesley

Collabo of the Year

Wewe ni Nani- Steph Kapela featuring Scar

Out Here- Monski ft Boutross, Jovie Jovv

Che Che Octopizzo ft Barak Jacuzzi

Kitu Nono Rmx- Breeder LW ft Maady, Boutross, Ssaru, Matsar VK, Denzel Kong.

Album of the Year

Fathela - Kayvo K force

Antidote - Blaque Swahili

Don Wa Madon- Jovie Jovv

Azania Na Wanawe - Fikrah Teule

Group of the Year





Breakthrough Artist


Elisha Elai

Muki Rai


Wuod Baba

Gospel Hip Hop


Lily White

Kamlesh Kagabba

Stone Jiwe

Video of the Year

Extra Pressure- Wakadinali

Fununu- Asum Garvey

Growth - High Reinassance ft Lord Arnold

Story Ilianza- Boutross

The Most- Bey T

Song of the Year

Shash Na Lipgloss- Maandy

Triple XL- Wakadinali

Rong- Natty

Mi Siwezi- Kahush

Best Drill Artist


Steph The Rapper

MC G'Zay