Khaligraph Jones and Stormzy [Photo: Courtesy]

Carrying the country’s musical hope in this year’s BET Hip-hop awards, Kenyan rapper Khaligraph Jones was the focus of all across the region as the awards took place in America last night, October 27.

With bated breath, Kenyans hoped to write history with their trusted hip hop king, the OG, the man who currently holds the hip-hop mantle in Africa – after he was crowned Africa’s Best Hip-hop act at Soundcity MVP awards in Lagos, Nigeria, in January this year. Besides, Khaligraph had exuded optimism that he was well placed to carry the day, scooping the Best International Flow award, in which he had been pitted against Meryl (France), Kaaris (France), Nasty C (South Africa), Stormzy (UK), Ms Banks (UK) and Djonga (Brazil).

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But the hip hop big night went to Stormzy, the multiple-award-winning British rapper behind hits such as Shut Up, Vossi Bop and Heavy is the Head. “Congratulations Stormzy. This year we were satisfied with the recognition and the nomination. Now it’s time to put in work for next time. The OG shall be respected…Trust the process,” Khaligraph updated on Instagram, responding to the win.

Kenyans went on to applaud the rapper with some challenging him to aim at the Grammys. “After BET now nomination ya Grammy ikam through…Kenyan music to the world. OG must be respected,” wrote @hamisi.the_last.

American rapper, singer and songwriter Megan Thee Stallion was the big winner of the night as she went ahead to collect awards in three categories. Coming at the back of her latest big releases Don’t Stop and B.I.T.C.H, the star took home the Hip-hop Artist of the Year, Best Collaboration and Hustler of the Year awards.

Now on their 15th year, the annual awards saw Future’s (featuring Drake) Life is Good single win the Best Hip Hop Video, The Box by Roddy Ricch take Song of the Year, Roddy Ricch’s Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial pick Hip Hop Album of the Year and Chris Brown and Young Thug Best Duo/Group. Pop Smoke was awarded the Best New Hip Hop Artist, Travis Scott Best Live Performer and Rapsody the Lyricist of the Year.

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The ceremony was held online due to the social distancing restrictions and other health measures thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic.