It’s been more than a year since veteran rapper Chris Kantai passed away. The rapper, who honed his craft while a teen, came into the limelight in the early 2000 and became one of Kenya’s Hip Hop pioneers. The rapper, whose music style was compared to Warren G, was a sensation in the country before his untimely death. His funeral attracted a shocking revelation as Khaligraph Jones was barred from attending.
In a recent interview, Khaligraph said Kantai’s mother blamed him for her son’s depression. “Even after his death, a lot of things were said, that ooh, Khaligraph you went and worked with him and when he was suffering, you just left him to suffer. They are always looking for someone to blame when there’s a crisis.
Do you know I wasn’t allowed to attend his burial in Ngong? Apparently, this is what was being said about the whole ordeal, Kantai’s mum was made to believe I’m the one who made Kantai go through depression and eventually pass away,” he said.
The Yes Bana hitmaker was accused of running away with Kantai’s music style. “That’s why I’m telling you, when you rise to certain levels in life and you have influence over people and you are making it, you are successful people will always have bad intentions. It is said that I’m the one who took Chris Kantai’s style and ran with it and now I left him to suffer, instead of helping him out. It is said that I owed him money from the song we did together,” he narrated.
He added that he was also accused of not paying the deceased the full amount they agreed upon which led to Kantai having depression that sent him to the grave. “That I didn’t pay him and now he passed away and it’s all because of me. And now the mom gave directives that Khaligraph should never be allowed to attend Kantai’s funeral. That is how it happened. It hurts but, it is what it is” said Khaligraph Jones.
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Kantai, who rose to fame for songs such as Issues and Ting BadiMalo, the latter which was a Collabo with Khaligraph Jones, passed on in February 2019. Before his death, Kantai was battling alcoholism. According to his family, Kantai’s death was caused by acute peptic ulcers.
Chris Kantai was accredited for bringing in Norway-based Stella Kimani aka STL to the music industry. The introduction happened through the duo’s Collabo Happy. Kantai preferred to enjoy his life away from the prying eyes of the media.