Damani Nkosi


Damani Nkosi’s solidified his place in music as not only an ever-evolving MC, but also a writer that always seems to push the boundaries of contemporary hip-hop’s sonic palate. This Inglewood, California born and bred artist’s lyrical abilities have earned him praises from some of the most recognizable and respected figureheads in music such as Swizz Beats, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, and Big Daddy Kane to name a few. Damani Nkosi’s “Thoughtful King” album, with appearances by Robert Glasper, Kamasi Washington, Sid Sriram, Musiq Soulchild, BJ the Chicago Kid, Dontae Winslow, has been celebrated as a masterful work.

The direct translation of his name is Thoughtful King.  Damani derives from the Yoruba tribe which translates to ‘‘Thoughtful’’ and Nkosi comes from the Zulu tribe meaning ‘‘King’’. The name was given to him by his parents at birth because they wanted him to be self aware and conscious in a world full of distractions. This has led Damani to embark on the task as an Artist to help others discover their best self.