Kokayi is a Grammy-nominated artist, innovator, educator entrenched in the ethos of hip hop culture, yet colors outside of the lines of genre and tradition. Co-Curator of Beats&Beans, a discussion on creativity and re-imagining creative spaces, Kokayi continues to chase the origins of creativity and innovation. He is a recipient of the DCCAH Artist Fellowship, Sister Cites Grant and Artist Grant. His music can be found on Goldlink’s – At What Cost, MTV’s Rebel Music Series, Kevin Hart’s Laugh at my Pain, A’Larrache (Canal +) and many others. He is currently Trustee of DC Chapter of the Recording Academy, faculty at the School of Improvisational Music in NY, guest Collaborator with international arts program OneBeat and works as a music emissary with the US State Department throughout the world.