Sunday, July 30, 2006


Operation Somalia Express

Ladies and gentlemen, I present the East African Colombians.

According to
The Sunday Nation (Sunday July 30), 44 arrests in New york and 18 in Seattle were simultaneously made on July 26 2006 as the FBI moved to smash a miraa smuggling operation they have been monitoring for the past 18 months (code name: Operation Somalia Express). They're saying jamaas were stacking up to $10 mill a year at $900 a kilo. A kilo goes for kshs 700 back home, about $10. The goods were coming over from Europe through couriers on commercial flights in suitcases and also express mail deliveries.

The report didn't specify the nationalities of the arrested folks but it said they were getting their work out of Kenya and Ethiopia, the miraa hotspots.

The Feds also bagged 5 tonnes of miraa during this swoop. They're saying 25 tonnes have come in in recent years.

Miraa contains Cathine and Cathonine which are controlled substances in the US. Ati now they want to follow the money trail back to East Africa and find the real bossmen of the operation. Good luck, lol. But Fed indictments are usually built airtight (the 18 month surveillance is testament) so these dudes they bagged are going to go away for a minute.

I'm thinking if there was an American/European outfit like Del Monte or Nestle that was making mob bakes off miraa export they would have got miraa off that controlled substance list and we could be out here handling biz with a quarter kilo in the front pocket just like we do in the Jiji. But it hasn't happened yet so jamaas are facing up to 20 years apiece for conducting grand hustle.

Is miraa banned in Canada?

I'm saying, miraa was originally goat food, just like coffee beans. Is caffeine a controlled substance? Na zama za kale when coca cola was first on the US market it actually contained cocaine. Well, they didn't know the white like they know it now but still.....

Imagine if miraa became the new thing. White boys with baggy cheeks asking you if you've got some gum, or for a sip of your cocaine free coke....


The INC in NBI

So Ja Rule got himself in Nairobi and Dar this past weekend (Fri and Sato respectively) for what were probably sold out performances. Apparently dude is still the shizzit overseas, seeing as I've not heard or seen Ja do any shows Stateside in a while. He probably lipishad a premium fee for these performances too and milked the perception that he's still riffing real hard with G-Unit for what it's worth.

This is the first big name rap artist since The Lost Boyz to rock The Robbari. A damn shame. Someone goes and brings in an akata who is more washed up than debris from the Titanic still floating in the North Sea. Face it, if he was still hot he would not have even thought of fikaing. He would probably be too busy shooting some type of movie or flossing new rims on a denali truck at some car show, drunk off the remy. Watch, now that LL Cool J isn't as hot as he used to be, he'll be making these type of trips, and there will be a traffic jam on Langata Road.

One of my partners was at the Crackhouse Studios, New York, the Murder Inc studios, in early April. His report was that Ja is plotting a
comeback of sorts with a return to his original gangster swagger of his early Cash Money Clique and Venni, Vetti, Vecci days. So far I've heard a G-Unit diss track and a club banger. The diss track, 21 Gun Salute, was strong enough for me to put on my mixtape which, incidentally, is how G-Unit first heard it (a story for another day). The reasons it made the cut were:

(1).True story, I was probably one of the first DJs in stato with the full track and I may be one of 3 and a half DJs to have even put the track out.
(2). Lloyd Bank's
Cake was on the mixtape and I wanted to contrast the two songs and also play on the beef...I know....real original. It came off vizuri though. This was the diss track he should have put out immediately after Fifty chongoad him.

The other track,
Get Up is an attempt at a hard club banger. No one has bothered to break this record yet. My partner had been at the session when they cut this track. Actor/ R&B hopeful Jason Weaver (last heard on a Chingy single) sung the hook during that session but the version I've heard doesn't feature a singer.

His whole bubblegum crooning thug steelo that helped generate over 100 mill in revenue still works in some parts of the world. It doesn't on me. I used to kunja my sura everytime I sikiad
"What would I do without yoooouuuu...." or such other hot messes on the radio or in the club. I'm going to have to learn to enjoy his new raw persona, and old boy must bring some seriously bangin' tracks. Don't get me wrong, I don't hate the guy, he just made some tasteless TRL/106 & Park hits, and now he has to bring the heat to impress. He will be dropping a mixtape or 2 sometime in the fall. Check for that.

With that said, I'm sure the chic game at Carni on Friday night was wazimu. If you know how much the damage (kshs) was to partake in the festivities, hebu tushow. I'm curious.

Would I have fikad if I was home? No.

Is Jigga headed to Nairobi as part of his planned world tour?



Acolyte said...

No more grand hustle for the gomba peeps in the states.I hear even in UG gomba isnt legal so we are among the few countries that are having fun with it.
I do agree that Ja has lost it but I have to listen to his new tracks to see if he is capable of making a comeback.I am sure Carni rocked big time when he performed.I wouldnt have gone though but I am sure Nai peeps parties like it was 1999!

Makanga said...

You can check out the tracks on Ja's myspace page. The names of the tracks in the post will lead you to it.

Whether or not Ja rocked the spot you know Carni was poppin!

I didn't know Gomba was such a pariah. Even UG! Thanks for that info.

Nakeel said...

Thanks for dropping at my place. Yeah was real fun for Ja to be around and histling girls in F2 kawaida yao..

Watch out sanze huyo Lool

POTASH said...

You should see the American soldiers- mzungu- chew veve at ramstein Airbase in Germany. Okay not inside, but at this veve joint owned by a somali guy that used t ochew at Kirichwa jua that joint.

There was also a couple of white chicks that used to roll with my crew back in the days who loved veve like woah...

But anyway, I feel you on the Big Multi national vibe.. but then all the profits if nestle was in the deal would end up expatriated, afadhali now, vaite, gets the full cut.

Brother Jero (BJ) said...

Hey big guy, thanks for dropping by. Interesting site and will for sure hit it again.

Take it easy partner...

Couch 'tato said...

a cuzo of mine was beggin to go poor thing didnt make it to see mr muuuurdaah

welcome to bloggin

Msanii_XL said...

all i know is that beat for 'cake' is fiyah...banks was the wrong cat on that

makanga said...

Kabisa. That beat was sick. I'd have liked to have heard Styles P or Jada on it. Ras Kass or Nas too...

The only way laws get changed in the US is by lobbying which to me means bribing those congress and senate members. And vaite isn't doing all that just yet. I guess it was good while it lasted.

the 'licious! aka Dj Mocha said...

LOL.....I am liking your blog.

LMAO @ washed out akata!!! TIHIHIHIHIHI!!!

When I heard that Ja was performing in Nai, I juad its hard knock he is kulaing in Stato. He has ishad.

As for the miraa in the UK its like being in Karen and popping into Easich for a Kilo. Mpaka there is a place in Slough called Mogadishu Ndogo (close to Heathrow)...LOL!!!! (Dunno if it still exists)

Makanga said...

Never really got into the herb, but if I ever find myself in London I'll make a point of getting some and take some footage nikichana veve live from trafalgar Square, or next to one the them red suited palace guards.

The Rendezvous said...

Gomba is in the blood and no matter what...we will still have them in MN...

Let the Fed do their worst..