REFRESHING SOUNDS: Wes The Rapper – A Rising Lyrical Luminary Illuminating Zimbabwe’s Reality


Meet Wesley Tanaka Werapa, known as Wes The Rapper, a rising star in Zimbabwe’s music scene. With his potent lyrics and conscious rap style, Wes seeks to spotlight the everyday struggles of ordinary Zimbabweans. His latest release, “Taabho (freestyle 4),” offers an uncut and unfiltered glimpse into the harsh realities of life in the low-income urban neighbourhoods—an insider perspective. 

Insider perspective ... Wes The Rapper is an exciting talent to look out for

Hailing from Harare, Wes discovered his innate passion for music during his high school years. 

Drawing inspiration from great musicians such as Oliver Mtukudzi, Tupac, Kendrick Lamar, and Kanye West, he intimately connects with his audience by addressing pertinent social issues that resonate with people from all walks of life.

Known as the sample king by his followers, Wes usually leans into samples bordering on classic tracks to pay homage to the legends from whom he gets inspiration from—while infusing new meaning, cadence, and style into the songs. 

This distinct approach is a fundamental skill he honed by lending his ears to Kanye West’s rich and lively discographies.

In 2023, Wes released a string of tracks including “Horror Freestyle,” “Muedzo,” “Bvuma,” and “Facts Only,” and is set to release two more singles in September: “Mumwe Wangu” and “Taabho.”

“Taabho” is a poignant reflection of the dire circumstances prevalent in the ghetto. Wes paints a vivid picture of the hunger and scarcity faced by its inhabitants. 

Despite paying tithe, there seems to be no tangible relief from their difficult situations. 

However, Wes sows seeds of hope amidst these hardships, yearning for blessings to rain down upon him and his community.

Wes recently released a music video for “Taabho,” which exclusively samples “Todiii” by the late Dr. Oliver Mtukudzi. 

The video features Wes in a minimalist setting, passionately delivering his lyrics while holding a red cup. 

This visual representation aims to connect with his audience on a deeper level, further emphasizing the importance of his message.

He scratches beyond the surface. 

Wes The Rapper stands out as an artist whose lyrics resonate with ordinary Zimbabweans. 

By shedding light on these issues, he provides a voice for his community, bringing their struggles to the forefront through his music.

We recommend keeping an eye on this exciting, emerging talent. 

If you’re looking to diversify your playlist or discover refreshingly authentic voices in music, Wes The Rapper is one artist you won’t want to miss.

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