Abbas Kubbaff is one of the pioneer Kenyan hip-hop artists. He was born in Eastleigh but has lived in several estates in the Nairobi including Langata, Kariobangi South and Dandora. He attended school in Dandora and the Buru Buru institute of Fine Arts (BIFA). He was a founding member of the K-South rapping group, a group named after the Kariobangi South estate. His parents influenced his taste for music with her mom having a taste for soul and the dad bringing a diverse collection of music genres from all over the world since they both studied and travelled a lot in different parts of the world including France, U. K, Scotland and West Africa. Growing up, he listened and admired the works of Bob Marley, Mirriam Makemba, African Baambaata, Wu Tang clan among others. One of his latest songs Mchizi,as he says, is basically a summary of his life--exposure to bad life and overcoming that, marriage and break up, media misconception about his life and everyday pressure. It also reflects the vision for the new music he hopes to continue creating—music that is soulful and emotional. He wants to create music that is “organic”; that “appeals, soothes and elevates the spirit”. Like many other Kenyan artists, be wants to continue to create hip-hop music that incorporates African music elements. He says “I want to create music that makes my fans outside Kenya know where I come from and understand my culture. It is not surprising that his dream is to build a school or hospital in Kariobangi South a community where he has been part of for many years. If he gets to build the school, he says, it will be about promoting the teaching of arts. He critiques the Kenyan school curriculum for failing to emphasize the teaching of teaching of literature and arts. He hopes to do this through encouraging the teaching of performing arts like (like hip-hop) and visual arts. His music career is about “edutainement”.