Get To Know Akir!

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. 

Arash Shari­fi

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Arash Sharifi

Arash has been pas­sion­ate about Hip hop for many years. He believes through hip hop you can teach, edu­cate and empower people to become bet­ter ver­sions of them­selves and help and sup­port their com­munity and oth­ers. Hip hop is more than just music, it can be a teach­er to us all.

About Arash Sharifi

Arash has been passionate about Hip hop for many years. He believes through hip hop you can teach, educate and empower people to become better versions of themselves and help and support their community and others. Hip hop is more than just music, it can be a teacher to us all.

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