Rapper King Kaka is giving fellow rapper Wanjiku Kimani alias Femi One her flowers following her recent big win in her rapping career.
Femi One also a Kaka Empire signee was named the best female rapper in Africa during the just concluded Afrimma Awards 2022 in an event that went down in Texas Dallas to become the first East African to get the accolade.
Taking to Instagram, King Kaka posted a photo of Femi showing off her trophy with a beautiful message that read;
"I’ve seen you grow, I’ve seen you build, Now the world is ready for you. Ladies & Gentlemen I present to you The Best Female Rapper in Africa @femi_one your story is a miracle, God Loves you.
The Kaka Empire Team Big Up and everyone who made this possible. #kakaempireisthelifestyle."
She responded to express her gratitude by writing; "Thank you for all you do for the Brand! It’s a win for us all. Blessings ❤️."
After being announced as the winner, Femi One took to her social media to share the news with her fans saying;
"WE WON!!! Best Female Rapper In Africa. The first East African Female rapper to take it home, it’s such a big pat on the back for my team and me for all the work we’ve put in throughout the years. Truly consistency, teamwork, and patience pay!! This should be an encouragement for all the up-and-coming Female rappers! There is a spot for you in this industry, keep building, keep doing it, they are watching. Thank you all so much for the continued support ❤️."
Others from East Africa who won the award include Diamond Platnumz was won Best Live Act in Africa, Wasafi signee Zuchu who won the award for the best female artiste in East Africa and Next Level Music president Rayvanny got a nod for the best male artiste in East Africa.
Femi One 'Utawezana' song debate
While Femi One has a couple of hits, his 2020 song featuring Mejja dubbed 'Utawezana' became the quarantine anthem.
While the song was a hit, it gained even more traction after numerous TikTok challenges and especially one by the sensational Azziad Nasenya which propelled her to overnight fame.
Consequently, the song put Femi One's career a step further.
The challenge birthed one of the biggest debates around a song with rabid fans arguing that Azziad solely popularised the song claims Femi dismissed noting that it would still be a hit without TikTok coming in handy.
This got fans thinking that the duo have differences which they have refuted.
While appearing in an interview with a local radio station, Femi insisted that she doesn't know Azziad enough to have a beef with her.
“People don’t really want to know my side of the story. First of all, mimi na Azziad sio marafiki, hatujuani kabisa. Alifanya challenge just like everyone else mwenye alifanya challenge na akasubmit the video and tukapost hiyo video…na mimi na yeye hatuna issue yoyote, hajawai niambia ako na issue na mimi, na mimi sijawai mwambia niko na issue na yeye,” Femi One stated.
She said the song became a hit owing to the level of creativity and work they put into it.
“Ngoma ilikuwa ikuwe a success from kutoka turecord hiyo wimbo…from the creativity, the storyline, tulikuwa tunajua wimbo utafanya vizuri. Na kusema ukweli ni mipango ya Mungu, hatuwezi sema ati ni mimi nilifanya ama ni Mejja alifanya, ni unafanya tu kazi, ukifanya kazi nzuri the rest unawachia Mungu, na mimi naamini wimbo ulienda according to God’s plan.”
Femi One says the critics were 'sexist'
The Kaka Empire signee added that she believes the criticism stems from sexist fans who do not believe in female rappers succeding.
“Honestly mimi nilifeel, venye nilipata backlash yote, nilifeel watu wananicriticize sana kwa sababu mimi ni mwanamke na niko kwa industry na wimbo yangu imeblow up,” she said.
“Sikuona watu wakicriticise Mejja as much because people kwa society wanafeel like men wanadeserve hiyo success lakini mimi kwa sababu wimbo ni wangu na umefanya vizuri hawataki kunipatia hiyo credit.”
“Actually hapo ndio mahali issue ilianzia kwa sababu watu hawakuwa wanataka kuona nikipost hiyo wimbo, nikicelebrate nikisema eh wimbo yangu imefikisha 5 million views watu hawataki. Yaani it’s something that iko kwa society, people hawataki kuona, hawaamini mwanamke anaeza fanya kitu mzuri na akuwe successful, they would want to credit someone else for it.”