Before there was P-Unit, the Hip-hop group was known as BE’EF and only comprised of members Frasha and Bon’Eye.
This was about fifteen years ago when the two budding rappers with big dreams of making it in music were charting their course in the industry. Frasha and Bon’Eye have been friends since their primary school days in Athi River.
According to Bon’Eye, they met in class five. He made the revelation on social media as he explained the interesting story behind an old picture taken back in 2003.
They had just come from recording their best song as BE’EF dubbed ‘Raundi Mwenda’.
“Tulikua tumetoka studio kwa legendary marathoner and producer Douglas Wakihuri (Dagi) alikua ametupea hizo tisho ??. That day we had recorded and paid for our best song ever as BE’EF #RaundiMwenda which was a testimony ya raundi tulikua tuna pigaa,” explained Bon’Eye.
Dressed to kill and with some money in their pocket, Frasha and Bon’Eye went to a photo studio to have their picture taken. The picture was to be the cover art for BE’EF’s fire single, Raundi Mwendwa.
The song would later serve as their demo a year later before Nonini, through his production company Pro Habo, made them into the P-Unit trio inclusive of Gabu.
According to Bon’Eye, the picture is a reminder of true friendship between two boys from the hood who were hungry enough to chase their dreams.
He wrote in full:
“Cheki … kuna photos na pictures, hii apa ni picture(argue na landlord) Taken 15 years ago (2003), with my G @iamfrasha whom I had met back in class five primo pale Athiii… Frasha alikua Maaka na mi nilikua Senti. Anyway back to this picture, we went by the group name BE’EF. Boni en Frasha. Tulikua tumetoka studio kwa legendary marathoner and producer Douglas Wakihuri (Dagi) @dwakiihuri1963 alikua ametupea hizo tisho ??. That day we had recorded and paid for our best song ever as BE’EF #RaundiMwenda which was a testimony ya raundi tulikua tuna pigaaa ? tukai force onto @nijodj , na @vdjspace na team yote ya #MOB hadi ikakua hit kwa clubs za tao juu ya ile kuisindikiza tulikua tunaisindikiza na sherehe!? I think @nijodj tu ndio ako na hio ngoma hadi wa leo. Hii ndio demo tuliskizanga Habo (Godfather) @noninimgengetrue a year later na ilikua na artwork.
Sooo cheki … hii siku tuko na kakitu, tumetoka studio na ngoma kali, tisho pyamu zinafanana na tunakaa wasanii, tukaingia studio ya picha hapo Odeon, tukatwangwa haka kama artwork ya single kakabandikwa juu ya CD tukaingia kusindikiza ngoma magizani … Tulianzia na Polo pale opp Afya Center. All said and done kabla mcheke na muongee mbaya … hii picha hunikumbusha maboy wawili wa mtaa, ubeste true na njaa ya kutimiza ndoto … mola azidishe.”