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I was trapped in a cage made of thorns

And every slight movement made the thorns cut deep into my skin

The sight of my blood nauseated me

But the pain that came along with it was something I was familiar with

So I stayed

Despite the fact that all I needed was a slight push to open the cage door

I stayed

Because the pain from opening the door

Was more than staying inside

I stayed

Because I loved the pain

I stayed

Because I felt it was my punishment, I felt I deserved it

I stayed

Because no where else would have felt like home.



I was out of the cage, but I still slept next to it, I came back everyday to clean it

It would pierce more into my skin, but still I would clean it

Sometimes I would cry from the pain

Yet I would do this everyday

One evening,

I went wandering in the forest and I met a stranger – a man

It was very dark, and he could barely see my rough face

But I could see each detail of his so perfectly, and in his eyes I saw – hope, sincerity and love

He seemed like the light that my dark life needed

I felt safe with him

But night fell

And I had to return to my cage.



This man became my friend

With him, I felt no pain

I didn’t need to be careful of getting hurt

I didn’t need to cry

Because all he brought was happiness

And each day that passed by

Made me realize

That home was where your heart felt happy 

Not where you’ve gotten used to staying in



I no longer visit the cage

And although it misses pricking my skin

I no longer have a reason to return to it

This stranger has become my lover

And in his warmth, I found a new home

He taught me that love is not a cage

Love is neither pain nor a punishment

With his pen, he dressed my wounds and healed my sores

With his lips, he painted beautiful pictures from my head to my toes

The gratitude I owe him is incomprehensible

For freeing me my bondage

For saving me from my pain

For showing me that it’s okay to love again

For reminding me that I can still be loved.

And for that

I owe him

My heart

My love

My loyalty.

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Rapper Kashiff Gbajabiamila, better known as KA$H (@Kashlanta) has been creating a buzz for some years now. With his group STATIC, he’s released quite a few singles and they have had the chance to perform at events, such as the DRB Concert & the Lagos Countdown.

He also hosted his own show earlier this summer, which was a huge success. He recently launched his own brand called Traplanta (@TraplantaMerch) and that has also been quite successful. “Trap Gidi Girl” is his first solo track, and it features his group mate, Sadzz (@osadee_) & new comer Anu (_Anuoluwaa). This song is one for the clubs. A mix of Afrobeats and West Coast Rap, this song is a strong debut from KA$H and only a preview of what’s to come. Please listen, enjoy & share!

You can listen to more of his songs here –

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