Akir

Akir

For New York–based MC/producer Akir, words aren’t just words—they’re credos, rallying cries, a way of life. His name, for example, an acronym for “Always Keep It Real,” has nothing to do with tired rap clichés, or a small-minded view of what rap is and can be. For Akir, “reality” isn’t some gangster fantasy—it’s real life. And if there’s one thing that comes across in Akir’s music, it’s real life.

This focus on the authentic, the everyday, the real, started in the beginning for Akir. In 1998, after he ranked second out of 50 in Howard... more