Renowned Rwandan rapper and lyricist Kevin Semana, popularly known as Ish Kevin, made the announcement on his social media pages last month that his second mixtape would be released soon.
As promised, the ‘Amakosi’ hit maker with the help of One RPM, a music distribution company, released his long awaited project on Friday, March 25.
The seven-track mixtape came out with features of big musicians locally and internationally including Yannick YMK, pioneer of Kinyatrap, Kivumbi King, Confy, and Ycee.
Speaking to this publication, Ish Kevin described this mixtape as a game-changing project which explains the struggles and challenges young musicians face in Rwanda, as well as showcasing the vision they have for the future.
He described upcoming artistes as ‘amaraso mashya’ loosely translated as ‘fresh blood’, noting that if given a platform and support, they are capable of raising the Rwandan flag in places far and beyond.
“If you play tracks like ‘Generation’ and ‘Game Changers’ on this mixtape, you clearly get a picture of what we as Trappish gang are doing, and our vision to take Rwandan music to another level. This is a game-changing piece because after dropping it, the streets and the whole music industry won’t be the same anymore,” he says. “It’s just the beginning!” Ish Kevin adds.
‘Trappish2’ is a continuation of the previous mixtape, ‘Trappish1’, which had bangers like, ‘Waki Waki’ and ‘Waramutse Rwanda’ that made Ish Kevin a household name in the country.
To Ish Kevin, rap can fit in any genre of music which is why he produced ‘Trappish2’ in different styles of music like drill, trap, and afro-pop.
Asked about his concert which was cancelled last week, Ish Kevin notes that he is still seeking justice and if all goes well, he will organise another event to celebrate the release of his new mixtape.
Some of the tracks on this project like My Year, Clout, Generation, and Aho Turi are already trending on local airwaves and streaming platforms in Rwanda.
Other songs on Trappish Mixtape2 include Ndi Rasta, Power, and Game Changers.
Stream Mixtape Below: