Karangwa Lionel, a.k.a Lil G, is the youngest Rwandan rapper who is doing it big in the local music industry. At his tender age of 15, he is already a crowd puller and wherever he performs he keeps revellers on their feet with his dazzling freestyle rap techniques.
Lil G was born March 20th 1994 in Kigali. He started school in 1997 at La Colombiere and later moved on to St. Joseph from where he completed primary school. He is currently in senior two at Ape Rugunga.
The annual street ball which takes place in Kigali was the place where Lil G discovered his enormous talents. It was the street ball held at Petit Stade in December 2007 where during the one week event of discovering local talent that Lil G outshone a host of other young artists to scoop a prize of Rwf50,000 and a one year recording deal with Contact fm studios.
Lil G never looked back from then. Up to date, Lil G has released five popular tracks despite his being busy with school. Immediately after getting himself a recording deal with Contact Fm, he went straight to business and in 2008 he released ‘In da club’ a song that emphatically announced his arrival in the growing local music industry.
He went on to release four other popular hits and his most recent one ‘Nimba umugabo’ released in September last year is still doing rounds at the local radio stations and in clubs.
Lil G is considered one of the pioneers of Kinyarwanda rap and he already has scooped himself accolades including the best performing young artist at the salax awards.
He plans to move abroad to Uganda and study from there while at the same time learning from the more established Ugandan artists like Radio&Weasel whom he says are his good friends.
He is confident he can strike a balance between his books and music and that stardom does not affect his performance in class.
Lyrics to the song ‘Nimba Umugabo’
VERSE1: Nkubita y’abato umunsi
umwe nzitwa gentleman
appettit kila siku sinsiga imyaka ku isahani
south kicu nariyi iciki saa munani
Lil G mu byo nkora byose ndi namba one.
Mbibutsa ibishuka byaba bitesha ubwere
uzakora ute nta mutimanoma nta kameze
nimbumugabo nka nzondela mu miterere
witeguza rap discours yu mwimerere
nkabyuka kare tret tot nkaba ngeze Ape Rugunga
nkakora neza kugira ngo nzabone ikintunga
nkagendana nabeza ababi nkabahunga
kuko banyigisha kwiba nkafatwa bakafunga
mu byo nkora ngomba kwiga
kugirango nimbumugabonzabone bourse nkazakorera cash nkiyubaha nkambara costume
nuzambona wese akabona ko nfite
CHORUS: Nimbumgabo nzerekana itandu kariza byabagabo icyamicya cyivuza kiri kumutima. Nimbumugabo nzaharanira gukora ibyiza gusa. Indata zanjye
VERSE2: Bizaba ari impinduka njye nimb’umugabo
ndagije amashuri na kwandika igitabo
sinzongera gushomera bya cyane
nzareba ibigezweho aribyo tujyana
nzitonda iwanjye sinzaba intare y’inkazi
ninjira nsuhuza abo nsanze mvuye ku kazi
nganiriza abanjye mbasetsa kakahava
mbaza abana banjye nti ese comment cava
nzaba ntakitwa umwana ndi patron
njyenda kukazi muri nissan patrol
nkora akzi kanjye nshinzwe nta bya
kandi nirinda ibishuka bya shushu cherie nzakora akazi nkumuntu uciye akenje
kuko ndi muto nariye menge
inati nazo ntizizampa agahenge
kuko mukazi nzaba ndimuziranenge
VERSE3: Nimbumugabo sinzambar nk’umupagasi
ni veste ndetse n’ikoti iteye ipasi
ntabgo nzaba ndumugome nka fagasi
cyangwase ngo mbe nkumutwe wa hamasi
nzafasha abakene kandi batishoboye
imfubyi zo kumuhanda n’abapfakazi
mbakure ku cyovu mbashakire n’akazi
kuko nimbumugabo nzaba ndi aimable
niyo mpanvu muri byose nzaba ndi capable
nzakwizakwiza mu bantu ubukungu
haba mubirabura ndetse n’abazungu
nimbumugabo nzarwanya akajagari
mparanire guteza mbere abari
intego yanjye izaba ari amadolari
naba jepe cyangwa umushoramari