One of Crescent City's most underrated rappers in the 90's, period.
Kenyatta Ruth, better known by his stage name Lokee, is a Gangsta Rap artist & producer hailing from the 9th Ward in downtown New Orleans.
He started rapping in 1993 while still in high school & first appeared officially the same year on Full Pack's release, "I Like To #@*Â¤!" (Pack Records; Brutal Records).
After a great performance on the classic Cheeky Blakk album "Let Me Get That Outcha" (1995), he was offered a deal on Tombstone Records.
Lokee released then 2 solo albums : "I Got Dis" in 1995 & "Voodoo Gangsta Funk" in 1996.
"I Got Dis" is tight as hell, with dope dark beats provided for the most part by veteran Producer Merrill "Real Roc" Robinson, which perfectly fit Lokee's sharp flow (Personal favs are "Just-A-Fied" & "Puttin' Niggas On Da News").
As for "Voodoo Gangsta Funk", it's simply a masterpiece with great eerie prods by legendary Ice Mike, unforgettable performances by Lokee & a featuring by the late Soulja Slim who went by the name Magnolia Slim at this time... A must have for any southern rap of the 90's, unfortunately impossible to find nowadays...
After the collapse of Tombstone Records at the end of the 90's, Lokee was courted by several labels, including Tommy Boy & No Limit but he chosed the indie route. He released another classic album in 1998 with a group named Disturbed Young Hustlaz made up of him, Bum, Jr. Mack & the late Chill Bread & appeared on several projects from RedRum Records & Untouchable Records, collaborating with local legends such as Dolamite, L.O.G., S.A.C. Mafia, Ms. Tee... before being arrested in 2001 on several serious offenses & sent to the state penitentiary for 10 years...
After his release from prison in 2011, Lokee founded Crazy 88 Muzik & released at least one album, the mixtape "Cut Me In... Or Cut It Out" (2012), featuring Dolemite. Don't know if he had other releases then or if he's still into rap music nowadays.
1993 - 2013
Crazy 88 Muzik LLC, Tombstone Records