Born Chinedu Okoye and raised in Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria, the fast emerging hip-hop/rap crooner is one remarkable rapper that has recieved a lot of accolades from critics and cynics alike.
D.O.P.E. (acronym for D-don’t let the devil, O-open up to God, P-pray without ceasing, E-encourage others) is a writer and Christian/Political underground hip-hop lyricist. He tagged himself the ‘Raptivist’ as a coinage that depicts his ‘beyond rap’ appellage.
He is a graduate of of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State, were he obtained his first degree. He equally has an MBA from University of Calabar, Nigeria. His passion for music started in 1985 when he began experimenting with the microphone as a teenager.
D.O.P.E uses the powerful genre of hip-hop to create stories, imagination, ideas, energy and vision that will propel young and old people to flourish to the benefit of their society. To him, D.O.P.E. is a movement that will catalyze positive change.
The rapper/activist is known across cities in Nigeria for using music and spoken words to battle violence, inequality, poverty, unemployment, discrimination and injustice. He has performed in countless venues, concerts, schools, churches, conferences etc.
He refers to his genre as kingdom music and his debut album contains substantial doses of sarcastic wit, mind bending and humorous metaphors, and immaculate punch lines. Clearly, D.O.P.E now stands as one of the primary alternatives for fans of rap music (and any music for that matter) who are tired of hearing the repetitive, watered down, mainstream music played on today’s radio and TV stations.
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