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Interview: Damani Nkosi

posted June 30, 2014, 9:52 am by Carlita | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Interviews | comment Leave a Comment


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On the last day of 2014’s Black Music Month, I’m spotlighting an artist and album that deserves a thorough listen (or 20, in my case). Getting his start on Kurupt’s Space Boogie: Smoke Oddessey in 2001 and signing to Snoop Dogg’s label through a series of events involving being talented at the right place at the right time, Damani Nkosi’s ridden the ups and downs of the music industry and is still holding on. Dropping his epic independently released hip-hop/R&B infused statement, ‘Thoughtful King’ earlier in the month, he re-emerges a multiple continent-traversing, articulate Inglewood CA repping philosopher. Produced by Grammy-winning Warryn Campbell, Damani gathers an All-Star team around to assist with the likes of Musiq Soulchild, Robert Glasper, PJ Morton, BJ The Chicago Kid, Problem, Oh No and Thurz all making appearances.

I spoke to Damani recently about his initial connection to Snoop’s crew (it’s a slightly illegal and inspiring story) and his journey putting this mix of Grammy-nominated and rising star list of collabos together that make this one of my favorite albums of the year. Listen to the interview soundclips (here or below) and visit Damani’s site for more album info!

Damani Nkosi – Thoughtful King “Freestyle” from Damani Nkosi on Vimeo.

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