For anybody who knows what Kenyan hip hop is all about, the name MC Sharon is among those that easily come to mind. The singer, rapper, producer and writer also known as Decibelle the Goddess of Sound or Alshaverb Mama Yao (Alshaverb stems from the first two letters of her names Alai Sharon) has been plying these musical routes for close to 16 years and from the look of things she is not about to stop any time soon. MC Sharon is a versatile musical veteran with a penchant for unapologetic lyricism, husky melodies and raw finesse. Among other things her portfolio consists of three solo albums, one mixtape, one collaboration mixtape and one collaboration album. These include: African Warrior, The UA Initiative, Hustlers Ground, Warriors Live Up (as part of the larger Warriors Band), TOMG Mixtape Volume 1 (as part of the larger TOMG crew), The Seven Days Mixtape and most recently GEMS. In the works is Black Book, a collaboration album with South Sudanese finest rapper Six Foot.
Her fifth studio project GEMS is what the hip hop world is all about at the moment. The word GEMS means more to her than the denotative precious stones. It refers to a Genetically Emancipated Musical Soul as evidenced in her transitional journey through the world of sound and beyond. From a girl to a woman, a woman to a queen and finally queen to goddess, this 20 track music project is a sufficient depiction of her process. She is the executive producer, co-engineer and co-director of the whole project; supported by various global producers and engineers who have ensured that her vision came to life. These include the main sound engineer and music producer Michael Miheso Itebete (KENYA), Fred Fisher (Omnibeats LLC), Donovan Jarvis and co at Fivestar Beats (USA), Onetone (USA), the whole crew at Exclusive Rap Beats and/or 20dollarbeats,(USA) Rudeboy Cabana aka Outspoken (USA), Mohjay Mohteaching (KENYA/Germany) among others. She has also featured Kash Grindhauz, Trabolee, Six Foot, Kev Mamba, Hiram Kamau, Black Spear and her very own son Jabali Tulani. All these talented young men have added a spicy balance to the already broad spectral piece of work. Kutupanga was the first single off this project and there are many more important videos and singles lined up to back it up.
GEMS like all the projects before it is raw, gritty,honest, controversial, spiritual, melodic, hardcore and fun all in one. From tackling politics on Kutupanga, to love on Leo Loving, to straight city bars on Nairobi block the overall versatility in GEMS is amazing. Be sure to grab yourselves either a hard or soft copy as soon as you can to listen for yourself.
Juu On Top is the second video off of the 20-track GEMS album. The first video to debut was Kutupanga, a controversial political piece from June 1st 2017. Juu on Top speaks of a journey strengthened by solitude and courage borne of experiences as a woman, mother and sound sage. In the first verse, she depicts a vivid recollection of past events that once dragged her down and left her broken. In the second verse she decides to pick herself up, love herself once again and move on upwards to higher heights. Most notably though she maintains the importance of being one's own best friend bearing in mind that it's lonely at the top just as it is at the bottom. Both videos are available on Youtube and also her website.
SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS
Facebook: MC Sharon (both account and page)
Reverbnation: MC Sharon aka Decibelle
AFFILIATES: Alshaverb Music Group, Six Foot, Turning Tables, Omnibeats, Fivestar Beats, Rudeboy Cabana, 20 Dollar Beats, Michael Itebete,The Others Music Group, Warriors Band, Hiram Kamau and KFAM Studios, Washamba Wenza, The Underground Alliance, Pro Organic Kenya, MLO Africa, Jabali Tulani, Grindhauz Entertainment etc