Listening to the song, we quickly realize this is not a song about anything. This is deep and inspiring material. In ‘BlackStar‘ Kenyan first class rapper Octopizzo invites us to listen to his biography. Born in Kibera and supported by his parents he followed his dream and – against any odds – became one of Kenya’s finest MC’s. The track features his daughter Tracy, who sings the soulful chorus and who can also be seen in the video.
In a personal message about the song he encourages everybody to believe in her/ his dreams:
“My mother once told me I didn’t open my eyes for eight days after I was born, but when I did, the first thing I saw was poverty, and since that day I knew what I wanted when I grow up. You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope. In my case, I can sincerely say that nothing is impossible. I was Born Broke but I won’t die Poor … When I was saying I want to be the best in what I do, and I was eight years old, most of the people were laughing at me because it seems like I have one percent of chances to do that, and I’ve done it.“
Octopizzo *-* ‘BlackStar‘ (Feat. Tracy)