KOTA is a HipHop / NeoSoul artist from Brooklyn, NY
influenced by people like Lauryn Hill, Jay Z, Nas, Blu and Bob Dylan.
In his teenage years, he taught himself the piano, guitar and electric bass
as well as music production which allowed him to have more control over his music. As a college dropout he picked up cinematography in order to stay afloat financially. Little did he know, film and video would take him farther than he thought. As he excelled as an up and coming videographer he created opportunities to shoot music videos for artists like Asher Roth & Blu.
Under the alias aiP & Chimp, he created a string of fan made videos that went viral gaining mainstream press on blogs like Complex, XXL, Rap Radar and HipHopDX. He also shot and directed a fan video for Kendrick Lamar's "You Ain't Gotta Lie" which accumulated over 100,000 views.
Today, KOTA has his mind set on making music and is taking DIY artistry to the next level by creating self produced albums along with cinematic visuals directed by KOTA himself.