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PRIME serves up a hip-hop banger

A Thousand Hills Prodigy, the Kigalian rapper’s first album under Green ferry Music label, proves he’s no one-hit-wonder

Hip-hop has always been a deep repository of rags-to-riches narratives. There can’t have been many more glistening rap fairytales, however, than that of Prime, born Mazimpaka Cheguevara, of Rwandan descent. Raised in the Kigali, Prime raps from a controlling relationship.

When it hit the internet on the eve of the album’s release, people started freacking out one highlight – MaMA Am Gone– nailed all three tickboxes, uniting a bloopy production unexpectedly redolent of British indie band Metronomy with Mazimpaka’s sung vocals. 

With his furious, instantly identifiable flows (no narcotised mumble-raps here) and his unapologetic determination to break out of the lane he was trapped in, Prime is already doing a great deal to shake up hip-hop.


O1. Itangiriro

02. A thousand Hills

03. His Story (Feat IceNova)

04. Warfare (Feat White Monkey)

05. Interlude

06. Holla

07. Mama Am Gone

08. You Make Me Feel (Feat Andy Bumuntu)

09. Light Up (Feat Jules)

10. Give It All (Feat IceNovA, Milly)

11. Blessed (Feat IceNova, White Monkey, Maktain)

12. Dedication (Feat Binghi)

Listen to Prime’s “A Thousand Hills Prodigy”