In 2020, Gbaraspoken Emcee was acclaimed by New Vision a leading daily newspaper in Uganda as one of Uganda's upcountry Hip Hop Kings, artistes/rappers with huge influences outside the central region and the second biggest thing that has happened in the West Nile sub-region of the country after Onduparaka Football Club.
From a humble beginning, today Gbaraspoken Emcee is believed by his fans and followers to be among the promising new Ugandan Hip Hop/Rap music stars the West Nile/Northern region has produced delivering powerful lyrics and rhymes on the microphone, songs with empowering messages, producing vibrant African sounds, epic performances on big stages/concerts, unique blending of rap music in his mother tongue Lugbarati and other languages that have continously dorminated airwaves hence growing his fan base and building him as an indigenous Hip Hop/Rap music icon and brand in breaking to the world.
He is an Award winning Hip Hop Artiste, Rapper, Indigenous Emcee, Record Producer, Song Writer/Composer, African Story Teller, Poet, Author, Humanitarian and Community Builder/Elevator who was born as Maopini Milton McPeter in his home town Arua ,West Nile/Northern Uganda.
He was introduced to music by his parents in his childhood days. His father Mr Ozele a secondary school teacher kept the family's love for music on and had a radio next to his children hence exposing the young Gbaraspoken to the different musicians and genres from across the world while his mother a good and creative speaker of Lugbarati put in her son the ability of creative expression.
Through out his primary and secondary education, Gbaraspoken was an active member of MDD activities, a Scout leader and soon became a popular rapper in school morale boosting groups. As a member and eventually cheer leader, Gbaraspoken was practicing and learning different songs in morale boosting. By the 2000s in schools, songs for morale boosting were practiced comprehensively and even contributed to the success of sports teams especially St Charles Lwanga College Koboko where he studied.
In 2006 while in Koboko District Uganda, he cofounded Junior Kings, a popular dance group together with Loveson Controlla and Masta Moon (R.I.P). He would go on to give himself the stage name 'Hush Jean' or most times be called by his friends as 'Jigah'.
In 2007, while under the young group Junior Kings, he recorded his first song 'Mali' at Audio Waves Studios Arua under the guidance and production of Dj Ronnie who was already outing major West Nile hits leading to the establishment of musicians like JM Kennedy, Candiru Leila, Fat A, Black Harmony, King Weeda, Pingoman among others. The growth and penetration of West Nile music industry during this time was a major motivation to Gbaraspoken. In 2008, the group released two more songs 'Blaze On' and 'Hey Boys' and split with the three aspiring for solo careers.
In a few years, Gbaraspoken, became a prominent rapper in Arua joining the likes of LMB Rags, X-Bishop, Six Tears, Tony Blicks, Solja, Elk etc. in the movement and were among the rappers showcasing at Hip Hop and campus nights in Club Sasha Arua while participating as a graffiti writer. He would remain in the undedground rap movements in Arua between 2009, 2010 and 2011.
In 2012, Jigah Tricks as he was known switched to living in the Karamoja region of Uganda and there he would organise one of Karamoja's first Hip Hop/Rap groups 'Rising Town' with his coleagues X-Jay, Raphy HD, Elly Knocks and Dollar Bankz among others resulting in songs like Emathunia, Rap Cyphers, Shine Karamoja, Ain't Gat No Love, Little Maria etc. While being part of the Hip Hop and rap movement in Karamoja, he was identified through Youth And Hip Hop Project by Bayimba Cultural Foundation as a prominent rapper and youth leader. When the project begun in the region, he would go on to be among the selected twelve young and aspiring rappers from all the corners of the country to record a Hip Hop collaborative multi-lingual album in 2014. Sooner, the then Jigah Gbaraspoken and youth/community leader would go on to redefine Hip Hop/Rap Music in West Nile and Northern Uganda when he returned as Gbaraspoken Emcee in 2015 after taking Northern Uganda Entertainment by storm with his debut Hip Hop hit single 'Aparaka Yo' featuring Loveson Controlla his former group mate at Junior Kings.
The Emcee who is part of the Nukuta Nzeza Music Family aims at using his music and creative skills for uplifting communities through community empowerment programs with Platform 503, a youth led non-profit making organisation he founded in 2015 that has empowered over 30,000 youth both persons of concern and nationals with skills across different communities in Uganda with the West Nile region in particular.
Since his breakthrough in 2015, he has outed major Albums/compilations. APARAKA YO album in 2015, OYOKOLO (WHISPERS) mixtape in 2016, SIX TEARS album in 2017, KONGOLO DUO ALBUM with @Loveson Controlla in 2019 and is currently working on his OYAKUYA ALBUM set to be released this year.
- 2016 West Nile Hip Hop artist of the year in West Nile Entertainment Awards.
- 2017 Northern Uganda Hip Hop Artist of the year in Northern Uganda Entertainment Awards.
- 2017 Nominated for Best Rapper Northern Uganda in The Uganda Music Awards (TUMA).
- 2017 Nominated for Best Rapper Northern Uganda in MTN Uganda Hip Hop Awards.
- 2019 Nominated for Northern Uganda Hip Hop artist of the year in MTN Uganda Hip Hop Awards.
- 2020 Nominated for Northern Uganda Hip Hop artist of the year in MTN Uganda Hip Hop Awards.