New Music Connection: Ayokipp

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Contact: powerseatmusicgroup@gmail.com

Web: powerseatmusicgroup.com/ayokipp

Seeking: Promo, Mgmt
Style: Hip-hop/R&B Fusion

Kippy Kenneth Warren, aka Ayokipp, is a formally trained musician (jazz, marching bands, etc.), who demonstrates theory and precision. The Ohio rapper-singer shines on “Lost Vibes” and “Something New.” The instrumentals are excellent—with melancholy affected guitar, sparse piano glimmers and even surfing-Elvis ukulele for a distinct islandy vibe. These appeasing elements, combined with 808s and Autotune, are juxtaposed against dark lyrical themes: (“Lost my homie last week and I lost my mom…”) with a dynamic flow. “Void Walker” leaves more to be desired—clever wordplay, but the song lacks a memorable hook and a third of the track seems to be throwaway ad-libs and preamble.