The long-awaited album ‘Kampala Boy’ is Flex D’Paper’s debut album which comes a decade later having released his first solo project in 2010. It’s safe to say the album is finally here and the official release date is set for December 10th, 2021.
It should be remembered that In 2016, Flex released a mixtape titled ‘Not For Sale’ which featured top artists like Apass, Navio, Levixone, Bigtril, Martha Smallz, and more which performed well on the airwaves but the question remains why did it take him so long to release his first debut album?.
Flex says the wait is worth it since he had to put together something concrete for his country “This project is my battle cry for Ugandan Hip Hop to get noticed out there “ He says with a beaming smile.
”Most genres are a bit more popular than Hip Hop here in Uganda and yet there is a lot of talent in Ugandan Hip Hop”.
This album is also rich and diverse in sound and topic as it features a variety of artistes like to Fik Fameica, A pass, Navio, Keko, Shena Skies, Kemishan was well as different producers like Aethan Music, Mio Made, music heavyweight producer Nessim, Sam Lamara among others.
The diversity in style and rhyme gives the album a wider range of consumer groups from youth, lovers of slow and Afro-Beat, as well as low key energy vibes to the typical Flex D’Paper ‘trappish’ Hip Hop sound. Dancehall and Ragga elements are on this one as well on tracks with Apass and Kemishan.
Most of the songs were recorded at Icon Studios, mixed and mastered from Europe as well as Uganda at Konkrete. The album has global superstar Swae Lee on a skit emphasizing that Flex is the ‘Kampala Boy’.
Known for his ‘unproblematic’, easy-going personality and lifestyle, Flex says fans should expect a mature version of him in this album as demonstrated by the different kind of artistes he features. This is also reflected on the mature nature of topics selected but says the number of songs will be kept a mystery.
“The album took me longer than expected as the Covid-19 situation only made it worse. However, we give thanks to God that we are finally here”. He added.
The title of the album tells the story of where the rapper was born and raised. He says he has lived his entire life in the capital city Kampala and knows it like the back of his hand. “I have lived in this city my entire life; I know the ins and outs and have experienced joy and pain in this city. It built and shaped me into the man I am, this album is a representation of that”.
“I’m a product of my environment and that will be noticed on the album just like in the case of The Not For Sale mixtape”. He concluded.