Cipha Sounds (he/him) is, and has always been, more than your average DJ. Over the course of his packed career, he has been responsible for breaking artists like Rihanna and Rick Ross, has shared the stage with some of the world’s biggest musicians and comedians – from Jay Z to Dave Chappelle – and has established himself as a respected figure in New York’s stand-up and improv scenes.
Throughout Cipha’s many career turns, two elements have remained at the fore: comedy and hip-hop, his two biggest passions. He combined both fields as the official DJ for Comedy Central’s Chapelle’s Show, and appeared in Michael Che’s Netflix Special. Cipha’s well-known work ethic has made him an obvious choice as a live DJ for many huge artists such as Mos Def, Jay Z and Rihanna, and at private parties for J.Lo, Mariah Carey, and more.
Cipha provides an essential link between music and comedy in New York and beyond. He performs standup comedy at clubs around the city, including the legendary Comedy Cellar, and for 5 years, hosted “Take it Personal – The Hip Hop Improv Show,” at UCB every week. “Take it Personal,” has featured many celebrity guests, including Questlove, DJ Premier, The Wu-Tang Clan, Zoe Kravitz, Donald Glover, and 2Chainz. It was a featured TV series on Jay Z’s streaming service TIDAL and recently wrapped up it’s summer tour.