Q. Thank you for the chance to interview you. Could you explain why and how did you choose your artist name Akir?
I grew up with great admiration for graffiti. So around high school I decided to find my own tag. At the same time I was finding my identity as an emcee. The acronym (AlwaysKeepItReal) came later prompted by a good friend of mine.
Q. Was there any special event or moment that make you decide to become a rapper?
It all started when the record skipped. Southpaw and I had a radio show with some friends and one day the turntable was not working. He started beat boxing, I started rhyming. The rest is history
Q. Within the hip hop movement recently the word conscious gets used a lot. What is your take on the word within the context of hip hop and would you class yourself as a conscious rapper?
I am glad that out of the other sub-hip hop genres there something overtly positive however, I am not really into labels. I would hope we are all conscious.
Q. To people out there that have not heard of Rebel Armz could you explain what it is and why you chose to join them?
Rebel ARMZ is a crew of talented and respected artist who are targeted in progressive stance.
Q. Could you explain a bit about why and how you started to work with at risk youths teaching writing, production and recording with the non-profit organization called Art Start?
My family always encouraged outreach and social progress so it was natural. I was invited to work at Art Start by a young lady I went to school with. I was very fortunate to be a part of it.
Q. Who have been your main influences thought out your music career?
Stevie Wonder, Rakim, Bob Marley, Earth Wind and Fire, etc.
Q. Lastly what can we expect from you in the near future?
I have two new projects coming up soon. The first is called FOCUS (ep) and the second is THE PLAN (lp)
To check out Akir’s work click here.
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