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Thursday, March 17 • 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Kyle Rapps

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For Princeton, New Jersey Native Kyle Rapps recording a song with one his top influences and heroes in Hip Hop, the Teacher himself Blast Master KRS ONE was easily a full circle move for him. “I used to study his song structures, rhyme patterns and live shows,” remembers Kyle. After featuring KRS ONE on the Buzz worthy “RENT” single and video, under the name Black Skeptik, Kyle began to gain the attention of press, TV and radio nationwide. Kyle describes his own music as witty and youthful yet insightful and catchy. “Hip Hop is about stories and connecting the dots, some of the stories can be meaningful and still be fun and appealing. I rarely ever write a song that I can’t relate to in some way, shape, or form. My music will always reflect who I am.” By age 20 Kyle started winning poetry slams in NYC with a concept-strong, socially-sharp raw hip hop delivery. Kyle attended Rutgers University in NJ and formed the acclaimed underground hip hop group, Thought Breakers under the Psuedonym Skeptik. By the time he graduated Rutgers with a B.A. in Spanish, Thought Breakers were local legends, having opened up for Wyclef Jean, Fat Joe, Talib Kweli, and Dead Prez, Independently selling 10,000 copies of their Album, Episode One. After his poetry career has taken off with The Mayhem Poets playing children’s theatres and schools all around the country, Kyle has returned to his roots with concept driven hip hop music. Under the name Black Skeptik, he followed the “Rent” single (featuring rap legend KRS ONE), with “Frankenstein Saves Hip Hop” (featuring production by Blockhead and a video with Crazy Legs of Rocksteady crew). Solidifying a more positive out look on things, he changed his name to Kyle Rapps and release a 3rd single, “Love, Love” (Featuring KRS-One and Homeboy Sandman), which reached #1 on the college radio charts for Hip-hop. Eager to show people the benefits of combining Hip- hop with education, Kyle is gearing up to release his debut EP, RE-Edutainment. This “revisit” of Boogie Down Productions classic album is produced by Kev Brown, and features songs with KRS-One, Joell Ortiz and U-N-I. Kyle is also finishing up his debut album, which was recorded in LA, NY, and on a Liberian refugee camp in Ghana, Africa. So stay tuned Kyle Rapps is definitely taking the steps to gradually become a household name amongst Hip Hop fans worldwide.
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Kyle Rapps

From Harlem by way of Jersey, Things started taking off musically for Kyle Rapps when he dropped "Love, Love" featuring KRS-One and Homeboy Sandman. He followed that acclaimed XXL and 2Dopeboyz posted single with his debut EP, Re-Edutainment which features Joell Ortiz. Kyle was then... Read More →



Thursday March 17, 2011 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Scoot Inn 1308 E. 4th St.

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