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VIDEO: Kokayi on Efficacy #62

...friends over at ThisIsRealMusic.com. You can check out other videos with The Family Stand’s Sandra St. Victor, and MCs Homeboy Sandman and Bless Roxwell, to name only a few. This episode gives you about 10 minutes with Kokayi, who should be familar to the Boldaslove.us fam. His group theCaesarz is on the Boldaslove.us compilation Fire In The Dark, and we’ve highlighted a focus track from his latest release Robots and Dinosaurs. A...

REVIEW: Kokayi — “Pro Deo et Patria”

...ut love that has endured despite the ups and downs life has thrown at a couple. Take a listen: Other standout tracks include “Breeve Long E,” the reggae-inflected “Punchdrunk” and “Old People Talk Too Much”. Without a doubt, Kokayi is a talented producer. In fact, he wrote, produced and arranged much of the album himself. However, I think his real gift is songwriting. For listeners, the gift to us is that he has the courage to tell his own truth...

WATCH: Kokayi–“Mermaids” live at Beyond Studios

...ayi, this is a live track from his forthcoming release Hubri$, which drops July 7. Man, I really missed this brotha’s voice, his songwriting, and his honest work ethic. He’s been a big booster of DC as a creative center, and he’s one of the reasons the city has such a vibrant music scene. Glad to start catching up on what he’s been into with his homies. Additional link: Kokayi official Kokayi coverage on Bold As Love...

LISTENING POST: Kokayi/CZRS — “Leave Me Alone”

@kokayi Always good to know there’s new music from DMV resident and Grammy-nominated MC, producer and educator Kokayi and his punk/hip hop/rock/”psychodisco” entity known as CZRS (formerly TheCaesarz). You may remember them from their Afropunk Fest 2008 appearance, or their inclusion on our first compilation Fire In The Dark (still available for a free download via Amazon.com), or from last year’s banger...
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VIDEO: Kokayi — "Roxtar"

@koklarock Sound familiar? That’s because this joint made the Boldaslove.us Best of 2010 list for singles. And, although I didn’t get to review it, lemme say that Kokayi’s album, Robots & Dinosaurs, is definitely a keeper, especially with joints like “Believe It,” “Hiya,” and “Over There (O.R.S.),” to name a few. Hip hop? Yes. But, like Bazaar Royale, this talented musician and producer...
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LISTENING POST: The Caesarz–"Four4" and "Take Me Away"

...tory from the POV of man who crossed the wrong woman.  From what I can tell from Kokayi’s bio, this Caesarz project is just one example of the multiple musical interests that he’s exploring  My hat’s off to him. Anyway, enough from me.  Listen and enjoy! 08 FOUR4 by boldaslove 02 TAKE ME AWAY by boldaslove Additional links: Kokayi’s Web site Kokayi on MySpace...
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LISTENING POST: Kokayi – "Roxtar" (radio edit)

...ion talent behind theCaesarz, a group that appeared on the first Boldaslove.us compilation Fire In The Dark. Now, he’s got new music on the way, the forthcoming Robots & Dinosaurs LP. Nice how he works in names of all his fave hard-rockin’ bands. Check out his label QN5 for a few other versions. In the meantime, be a roxtar! Additional links: Kokayi202.com More info about Kokayi @ QN5.com...

Best of 2012: 15 Albums You Should’ve Heard, But Probably Missed

...rved hype because he’s the real deal. I always loved “Bright Lights, Big City” but honestly I’m done after the guitar-heavy “When My Train Pulls In”. Like, on some hand-to-the-sky done. 5. Kokayi — Pro Deo et Patria The multi-hyphenated MC tells his truth and artfully so. He doesn’t try to be something he’s not, but confidently steps out and shares life as he sees it. Ah, refreshing! Hear...

PHOTOS: Afropunk Festival 2012–Day 1

...eally love her. I’ll leave it at that for now. More to come today. Great crowd Badu Baduizm Erykah Badu The photography pit before Erykah’s set Nucomme Metal fans Alice Smith Cerebral Ballzy The Oxymorrons and drummer Batty Joe Jordan and mom Jacqui Netic of Game Rebellion & The Oxymorrons’ hype guy The Oxymorrons Bryan aka Kaos Blac & friend Mike Mills & Kokayi Matthew Morgan & Kokayi Kokay (r) and Seshat...
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The Boldaslove.us Best of 2010

...es)” + “Say You’ll Go” Bad Rabbits – “Stick Up Kids” Twin Shadow – “I Can’t Wait (Gordon Voidwell remix)” Ebony Bones – “Guess We’ll Always Have New York” Earl Greyhound – “Ghost and the Witness” + “Shotgun” The Family Stand – “Story” Tecla — “So Have I” Socialybrium – “Another Day” Noiseaux – “Cry of Rage” Bang Language – “Tenaz” Bilal – “Little One” Johnny Swim – “Bonsoir” Kokayi – “Roxtar” Just A Band – “Huff + Puff” Kanye...