Keyote (born Steven Jones) is a DC native who grew up on ‘Chocolate City’s’ own brand of soul, funk, rock, and go-go. Those sounds eventually gave way to hip hop, which Keyote says, “most readily spoke to my individuality, freedom of expression, and energy.” Hip hop’s original fusion of style and improvisation, with meaningful lyrical content, were elements that captured Keyote’s attention. These elements became the embodiment of a style that can be seen both in his recordings and the theater of his live performance.




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