The Hidden Empire crew which we discovered is more than just a Hip-Hop family, are doing something different. The RRUU HANGOUT is/was a brilliant idea. Why? First of all, Christians in Uganda (read Kampala) need many such events and/or hangouts. We have for so long been extremely bored on Friday nights, but if the promise holds true, we will be covered for all the times when these guys put together something.
During the entire event, The Hidden Empire crew including Photographers, Rappers and MCS, Vocalists and Promoters were involved in activities including welcoming the crowd, merchandise sale, performances and the MC for the night was Wake, a rapper himself.
During the RRUU Hangout, we were officially introduced to RODN3Y whose Crazy song is capable of receiving more airplay than it is currently receiving. We already knew Wake and Ernest Rush. They each performed some of their songs at the event. In fact, all the artistes performed some of their own music while being backed-up by the entire Hidden Empire crew.
While the musicians performed, we observed as the audience went bananas and were fully involved during the entire event except during the break before the second set. Our million-dollar question was why Ugandans somehow believe many people don’t understand Hip Hop that much. Either, all the people that came out are the real Hip-Hop heads or their is something that a live Hip-Hop and rap session does which the recordings do not do. While at the event, every song, even those which we particularly don’t like, sounded special. The songs were like anthems – like songs an army would use in the battle field. Perhaps that’s the thing. If the energy that we saw on that stage could be translated into the audio, then Hip-Hop would have a real chance.
If The RRUU Hangout taught us anything, it is that there is power in unity and carrying out strategy as a team. If they continue in the spirit, over time, the sky is not the limit. Perhaps, we might even succeed in having the DJs play strictly Hip-Hop music at a Hip-Hop event. Meanwhile, thumbs up to our DJs for the night. Twonjex was the first on the decks, then DJ Stef took over until the end of the event. For those of us who stayed until the end, the real party began when the event was handed over to DJ Stef who played music that did not allow us to leave the dance floor.
It was a long night, Barna Birungi had performed his God Unmatchable hit single among other songs, Lagum and Ruyonga did more than one song together, Sonny Soweez performed God DNA with Josh SB and Possibility – a crowd favorite even though it wasn’t a Hip-Hop song, Naxa and Race T were alright, Ruyonga performed some music from his Glory Fire album and crowned the event with the Tutuuse song which got some people doing the Shoki dance and other uncoordinated traditional dances.
The stage lighting was simple. It was not favorable for our pictures but that’s a minor. We look forward to more of this. We highly suspect that this event might soon need a bigger venue because, even with the word-of-mouth and social media publicity, it attracted a lot of people to fill up the entire Papali Rooftops venue. What would happen if the event is given full-scale publicity? Again, the sky is the limit.
Article by Ug Gospel Life Writer
Pictures Provided By Ninno Jack Jr & Jackie Katanga.