Birth name

Charles Misodi Njapa


5 March 1976 (age 40)
New York, United States


Long Island, New York, United States


Hip hop


Record producer, rapper

Years active



Decon (2010)
Locksmith (2010-2011)
GOOD Music (2013-present)

Associated acts

Black Star, Consequence, Kid Cudi, Kanye West

Charles Mosodi Njapa (born 5 March 1976), better known by his stage name 88-Keys, is an American record producer and rapper from New York City, New York. In the early 1990s, he met Large Professor while working as an intern at The Music Palace recording studio in West Hempstead, who gave Njapa the nickname 88-Keys after witnessing his skills on the Ensoniq ASR-10 keyboard. 

88-Keys made his production debut on the song "Thieves in the Night" from Black Star's 1998 album Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star. 88-Keys has gone on to produce for Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Kid Cudi, Macy Gray, Musiq Soulchild, Dejuan Lucian, and Consequence.

88-Keys released his debut studio album The Death of Adam in 2008, which showcases both his rapping and producing abilities. It is a concept album about a man named Adam who is murdered in a Harlem apartment loft. The album was executive produced by Kanye West, who signed 88-Keys to his GOOD Music in-house production team Very G.O.O.D. Beats.


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