Octopizzo vs Khaligraph Jones
Octopizzo and Khaligraph Jones

Octopizzo did something all Kenyan artists have never done before. His new song Oliel was able to garner 1.4 million views in the span of 1 day.


Something that is extraordinarily impressive considering artists with more clout than him like Sauti Sol and Nyashinki take a bit longer to amass those kinds of numbers.

Sauti Sol and Khaligraph Jones
Sauti Sol and Khaligraph Jones

The song which was released 5 days ago has 1.6 million views on YouTube now showing the first day sales beating the rest of the four days handily. Was it possible? How could an artist with 66 thousand subscribers on YouTube get first day numbers that even Diamond (arguably East Africa’s biggest artist) can’t?

Diamond Platnumz
Diamond Platnumz with his bodyguard at Classic105’s offices in Nairobi

BTW, Diamond has 1.4 million subscribers on YouTube, so what Octo did with Oliel was miraculous. This is a question we here at Mpasho.co.ke were curious about and we decided to ask a fellow hip-hop artist, Khaligraph Jones what he thought.

Khaligraph Jones

He said at first:

That is the funniest shit I have ever heard.

When I explained that Otile’s song “Baby Love” which was released on July 31st only had 1.3 million views, Khaligraph said:

You succumb to the pressure and with some people you have to do what you have to do. And with him I think he had to do what he had to do. At the end of the day, real people know what is happening.

He added:

I have nothing to say. Everybody is doing their own shit. If he feels like that is the way to go, then who am I to come through and say….

Khaligraph Jones

I then asked him if he would buy views? He responded:

That is a very tricky situation. Look at Timmy Tdat’s example. He has very big songs that are played everywhere. Check on YouTube, the same songs don’t have that amount of views but they grow in gradual process.

He concluded:

You may have a song that has million of views but there is no hype on the streets. So you don’t get called to perform for shows. It looks odd. So who is playing who?


What do you think? Is it possible that Octopizzo got all the views legitimately?

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