APass is a clever dude and he always has something witty up his sleeve. Even before he dropped the name Killer, he had it in his rhymes. Many of his fans after the song “I’m Loving” might not know that the man used to flip bars see “APass Killer”. He rapped his brains out. He sustained the flow and executed like a pro much as it was a freestyle of sorts.
APass Killer as we knew him earlier then pre-2015, he was affiliated with hip hop and he still does (see new song Kola). When he flooded the market with countless songs, I failed to catogorise him but what always stood out is that he had more hip hop features. I am yet to confirm, he has more collaborations with Patrobas than anyone. Even behind the patois churning Mr Bagonza, you felt a bar coming. APass Killer was hip hop with the pen.
Earlier this year, the first time I used Tidal was to stream African Yayo. APass had beats from Aethan, Baru, and Ledra. I guess you see the point here. The song “Nkaaba” has a trap vibe to it. Though a reggae beat you feel gems being dropped like a rapper on “Omunakyalo”. Mr Bagonza is deeply rooted in rap.
APass/APass Killer is the most frequent collaborator we know that Patrobas always worked with. The hooks he provided were always spot on. For many fans APass is just a singer, a dancehall-ragga artist. I say those are all influences he has and hip hop is even an earlier one. Dustville Records is where his true hip hop self often is provoked. This is always with Baru. Word on the street is A Pass was an earlier Rapaholic.
APass’ recent release just confirmed to me that he never betrayed my expectations from a polarizing artist, but proved he had just changed his name . When killer was dropped off the philosophised APass, the rap instincts were embedded in his work ethic and grind while he took on feats like rnb, reggae and dancehall. African Yayo proved that he is one of the most polarizing artists of his generation. With the help of social media, he even solidifies this truth.
On his new track produced by Baru, he talks about having hope and the importance of putting in work. I listened to the killer persona through out and I am not disappointed, am glad he still lives in their in the creative realm of Mr. APass Bagonza.
I will leave you with the words of American rapper Pusha T, “it’s hard to leave your foundation”.
Stream new Kijakola
By Ayella (@NuveySHAWN) aka APass’ distant cousin
Featured images from APass’ Facebook