Lokeye is a rapper, songwriter, freestyler, beat
maker, producer, lyricist, instrumentalist (piano/trumpet), and music
lover. He was first exposed to Hip-Hop culture through listening to
Gospel Gangstaz in 1994, although it was Outkast’s Atliens in 1996
that changed his direction from jazz to rap music. Rooted in
meditation and desire for human growth, his being comes across through
loving lyrics that dance around non-judgmental messages. Having grown
up as the son of a preacher man, he explains: “My whole childhood I
was surrounded with messages from the heart and the art of
communicating that from a pulpit to a wide audience. It’s effortless
for my love to make friends with rap music.”
After launching the Sunday Cypher with Raw Jawz and DJ Einstein,
Lokeye moved from Bellingham to Seattle, where he was reunited with
the stages he first performed on with Basement Basics and North by
Northwest in 2005 – 2007. Lokeye was invited to join with the
recording artists from both Rec Room as well as The Educataz to form
the super-group, Somebody Cares, in 2008. Since that time, Lokeye has
continued to make music with the members of Somebody Cares and the
greater Sunday Cypher community while pursuing his solo music.
Lokeye’s unique blend of love-youself lyrics with Hip Hop has
continued to gain global attention, he notes: “I’ve been fortunate
enough to hear my music played through the iPods of strangers visiting
from international regions, and that has meant a lot to me.” He won
the category of “Best Hip Hop/Rap Freestyles” and “Best Hip Hop/Rap
EP” in the 2011 Sunday Cypher Awards and was labeled “The Godfather”
by the now urban-legendary Sunday Cypher community.
In 2011, Lokeye released his highly anticipated solo album,
“Bellingham Bigfoot,” which was recorded, mixed, and mastered in large
part by himself along with the northwest’s star producer, Jesus Chris.
It featured Michael Harris from Idiot Pilot and captured the
inimitable Bellingham sound. This album captured the coalescence of an
artistic transformation that had started with an out of body
experience in June 23, 2003 and the maturation of his rapid delivery
and inexhaustible reservoir of positive lyrics.
In 2013, Lokeye released his newest solo album, “Loveraps”: an album
so well-thought-out you’ll be making new discoveries still with each
listen for years to come. “Loveraps” instantaneously places Lokeye at
the forefront of the West Coast Love Raps music scene. Embraced &
endorsed by musical legends such as My Dad Bruce, Fresh Espresso, and
the whole Kinda Like Us roster, Lokeye has all the support he needs to
be successful in his extraordinarily fresh take on rap music.