Kumasi Raheem Hopkins (born October 31, 1997), known professionally as Kumasi (also as Kumasi Scorpio, and XCORPIIIO), is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, producer, mix engineer, master engineer, dancer, actor, and model. He specializes in a fusion of Singer-Songwriter, Alternative R&B, Alternative Rock, Hip-Hop, and Trip-Hop music. His music has been noted by critics for its unique, mainstream, yet indie/alternative sound; its preoccupation with stories taken from his own life, which convey themes of young love, death, and suicide; and its references to pop culture and contemporary teen to young adult Americana.
From his very first song to the most recent, Kumasi has written music in order for people to relate to and learn from. His mission is to bring real music that matters back to the industry by fusing a contemporary sound with meaningful lyrics.
Born in New York City and raised in Jamaica, Queens, Kumasi began his professional independent music career in late 2018. He released his first musical project, a single called "Baby Blues" (stylized as BæbÿBlvës) under the mononym, Kumasi (stylized as KUMVSI). He would later switch from working with Amuse.io to Spinnup (a distribution company started by Universal Music Group). With the switch of distributor, he adopted the moniker Xcorpiiio, and released his first EP, Summerset, on June 5, 2019. Summerset saw massive success within its first month of release, garnering the singer 30,000 streams within the first month of its release.
Kumasi followed Summerset with the two singles, "Flower Girl" and "Passion FM.", the latter of which featuring rapper, Lil Deku. He would then switch from Spinnup to Distrokid, while beginning working on his passion album, "A Means to an End", along with another more mainstream focused project that has yet to be named.
His greatest influences in music are noted to be Evanescence, Lana Del Rey, Amy Winehouse, and Low (Band). He finds inspiration in artists such as The Weeknd, Post Malone, and XXX Tentacion.
Kumasi has made major connections within the industry, such as Alicia Keys, Kerry “Krucial Keys” Brothers, Ann Mincieli, and Stuart White.
In the summer of 2019, Pandora recognized him as a Promising Artist on their Next Big Sound site, and placed his song, “Like That”, on some of their major radio stations, including Top 40 Radio, Beyonce Radio, Ariana Grande Radio, Rihanna Radio, Lady Gaga Radio, and Bruno Mars Radio.