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King Kaka: How I made my music breakthrough with only Ksh 800 as initial capital

August 06, 2019 at 13:38
King Kaka: How I made my music breakthrough with only Ksh 800 as initial capital

Music has always been food for the soul for Kenyan rapper, King Kaka but money stood in the way.

The top Kenyan hip-hop artist realized his love for music way back in the days so it was either he ignored it or took up the challenge.

He took up music and ran with it before realizing that without financial muscle, it was a waste of time and resources.

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Kula Vako.

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According to SDE, Rabbit writes how he went to Gikomba market, bought 4 plain T-shirts at a total of Ksh 800, not to wear but use as an investment to record his 17-track album.

The Kaka Empire CEO´s dream had always been to work with DJ Loop but being a famous producer already, meant all eyes were on him for quality music productions.

DJ Loop

So he instead decided to appreciate the DJ instead of also asking him for favors. He took the 4 T–shirts, and painted 4 portraits on them: Jay Z, Ludacris, Snoop and DJ Loop.

Since that was the fashion at the time [2006], everyone wanted a piece but there was Music Week being held at Sarit Centre where Loop had a stand for his studio.

And since King Kaka couldn´t afford a stand of his own, he went to the one next to DJ Loop´s and asked if they would help display the T-shirts.

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Rabbit then offered to pay a commission on every sale made. But that wasn´t his intent. He just needed an opportunity to request for studio time with the well-known DJ.

Luckily, Loop fell for it, not just by buying the T-shirt but also asked for Rabbit´s number.

Breakthrough

So Monday, they met and asked what else Kaka could do and he proudly said he was training on graphic design though, from a cyber cafe.

Well, he succeeded and within no time the ´Kula Vako´ rapper started selling logos, eventually launching Taurus Media, his first company.

He had however not told the DJ he is a rapper but hanging around him, taught him how DJ Loop handled the music business differently.

And the lesson acquired is ´Don´t just love music, know the business behind it too´. DJ Loop would clad in a suit and so would his guests and always carried a briefcase for meetings.

Something that King Kaka admired and a street creed he has treasured so badly over time: How you look is the first language you speak before you open your mouth.

Unfortunately, he also took note of the fact that despite having the street as a major supplier of the Kenyan economy, the offices are what run the country.

Loop gave him this theory and always asked him ¨Kaka, where is the money?¨ that always nagged him.

However, back to his main focus, Music, Rabbit figured that since the DJ was mostly out of the studio doing meetings, then he could step in whenever he was absent.

By the 4th month, DJ Loop had already schooled him on how to produce music and sound engineering.

Further adding that since the DJ trusted the urban-poet with the studio, he would give him the keys and every Sunday Rabbit would record himself.

17-track album

A year down the road, he had a 17-track album featuring Harry Kimani, Chiwawa, Zakah among others, just from his initial Ksh 800 capital.

King Kaka not only secured himself a production with the famous DJ, rather saw him as his mentor and teacher.

His closing shot is: when you want something so bad, make sure that patience is ingrained in your habit.

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