Birthday : 03.03.1976 year
Age: 40 years
Place of birth : New York, USA
Citizenship : SShA
Originalnoe name: Charles Misodi Nyapa
Original name: Charles Misodi Njapa
The most fashionable producer in New YorkCharles Misodi Nyapa, better known by his stage name 88 -Keys - American music producer and rapper.
Future rapper born on March 3, 1976 in New York`s Harlem (Harlem). He first became interested in hip-hop, heard in 1989 ` 3 Feet High and Rising`, the debut album of hip - hop trio `De La Soul`,produced by Prince Paul (Prince Paul), and warmly received by critics. In the early 90s the young Charles Nyapa, sitting on an internship in a recording studio `The Music Palace` in West Hampstead (West Hempstead), poznakomilsyas Q-Tip, member of the group ` A Tribe Called Quest`, which is considered one of the best performers of hip -Hop in the history of this style, the DJ and producer Pete Rock (Pete Rock) and produced by Large Professor. It was invented for Large Professor Charles alias 88 -Keys impressed by his ability to handle the keyboards.
However, parents Nyapy people strict views, both doctors by training, was not thrilled otuvlecheniya son of hiphop. The young man, they thought, first of all is to get a good education and a profession that is able to feed the child. Charles `s mother - a nurse, father - a nurse, a brother of the future rapper became a doctor, one of the elder sisters - a nurse, a second sister just learned in medical school to become a doctor. expectedthat Charles will choose the profession a surgeon or dentist. Hearing that Nyapa dreams of a serious career in the music industry, parents and older brother pressed the teenager, trying to return it to the family - that is, to choose something from the medical profession, because it is, in their opinion, was more professionally, while the hiphop could be not so profitable, as it seemed to Charles.
There was nothing, and Charles obeyed. For a while he studied at Hofstra University and Queens College, but soon realized that this activity does not to his liking, dropped out of college and followed his dream and decided to try his hand in the music producer `s career. His determination spurred the opportunity to record a few tracks with `The Pharcyde`, alternative hip-hop group from California (California)
Currently, 88 -Keys live in New York City (New York) with his wife and two daughters. Apart from music, to which he otnoitsya all with the same love as in the beginning, another passion 88-Keys has become a fashion, especially he appreciates the creations of fashion house `Ralph Lauren`. During one interview, the rapper said that he wore a polo shirt from `Ralph Lauren` every day for the past 16 years. He even had to give up appearances, because the organizers have tried to dress him in clothes from other designers. In his own words, he tries to remain faithful to the vision of `Ralph Lauren` not spoil it - no offense to the urban community, everybody knows what happened to the ` Tommy Hilfiger`, when hip - hop community suddenly kindled a passion for him. Nyape like to stand out from the crowd, so he wore Lofer when everyone wore Timberland. However, in the last couple of years, to stand out, you rather choose Timberland, because all the polls are Lofer. Well, it means a thin trendy flair rapper, is not it?
Nyapa claims that he started wearing polo shirts from `Ralph Lauren` still in high school on Long Island (Long Island) in 1992 ,because he liked their classic design - in such polo always look like an expensive private school student. Since then, he puts on a shirt every day, and today in his wardrobe of more than 700 shirts polo `Ralph Lauren`.
Since then, as a 88 -Keys came to the studio as an assistant engineer ,he had produced and issue releases artists such as Mos Def (Mos Def), Talib Kweli (Talib Kweli), Kid Cudi (Kid Cudi), Macy Gray (Macy Gray), Myusik Soulchayld (Musiq Soulchild) and Consequence. Not long ago, 88 -Keys has gone beyond his production activity and showed the author and performer of it turned out, too, very interesting.
His debut solo album, `The Death of Adam` released November 11, 2008, and the album was produced by a close friend Nyapy, Kanye West (Kanye West). It is a concept album, which tells the story of a man named Adam, who was killed in his apartment in Harlem. In August 2008 came the prequel to the album ,`Adam`s Case Files` of fifteen tracks. Last album on 88 -Keys today, `Green Light Means Go!`, Was released in 2013