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Kyper (born Randall S. Kiper in Baton Rouge, LA) enjoyed a brief burst of popularity as a dance pop/rap artist in the early-90s. His 1990 album ‘Tic Tac Toe’ (alternatively known as ‘Tic-Tac-Toe’) hit a respectable #79 on Billboard’s R&B chart and #82 on the top 200 albums chart. The infectious title track, which mixed together “Owner of a Lonely Heart” from Yes with “Looking for the Perfect Beat” from Afrika Bambaataa & The Soulsonic Force, was a club anthem.

Kyper’s sophomore album, 1992’s ‘Countdown to the Year 2000’, failed to meet expectations. With the hip-hop scene evolving, he soon became known as a one-hit-wonder, with just “Tic Tac Toe” getting any airplay. After being dropped from Atlantic, he independently released several singles and remixes through the 90s as well as the early 00s. Kyper continues to perform, and his more recent work, such as 2005’s “Release Yo Self”. takes in more breakbeat influences.
Kyper, born Randall S. Kiper was an electro hop rapper based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. His most successful output was in the late 1980s with a string of club hits including "Conceited", "What Gets Your Body Hyped (XTC)", "Tic-Tac-Toe", "Throw Down", and "Spin the Bottle". Kyper's success had an early end as rap and dance headed toward a more gangster sound in the early 1990s. His most successful hit, "Tic-Tac-Toe" charted in the Billboard Top 40 at #14 and got him a deal with Atlantic Records.[citation needed] The track borrowed guitar riffs from "Owner of a Lonely Heart" by Yes.

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