MEFeater was first introduced to Akin in November during our first Showcase, MEFeater presents Black Saturday. The energetic rapper was so excited and grateful to perform on stage that he even played the role as hype-man for many of the other acts that night. I, however was introduced to Akin years ago by Ryan Riley, our resident photographer and my best friend. Then, Akin was in a rap group named the Urbanized Hooligans with fellow Black Saturday performer Anthony Mag$. He went solo around November of 2013. He was kicked out of Urbanized Hooligans because he spent more time with his then girlfriend than with the group and the leader felt he wasn’t putting in enough work.
After being kicked out of Urbanized Hooligans, he went on to connect with two of his close friends to create SubliminalxArt. Unfortunately, the group decided to disband and collectively decided that Akin would continue to use the brand’s name. Fast Forward to now, Akin has dropped his 8 track project, The Continuum Shift that only took an impressive 4 days to record.
Akin: After a long time of being stagnant as a group, we had to come to terms that since I was the only one putting in work that they had to leave SubliminalxArt, and I will continue to carry the brand. Normally I would have left the group, but I already labeled so much of my work with the name SubliminalxArt and the #Artisans hashtag, while the others didn’t. Due to that, we agreed that I could continue with SubliminalxArt, and they would leave the group. There is no bad blood between any of us. We still respect each other and keep in contact every so often. I’m hoping that one of these days we can link and really work hard like we should have done when SubliminalxArt first started.
Gabrielle Amani: How has being in music groups affect your outlook on teamwork.
Akin: After two bad experiences with music groups, I began to grow apart from society and the whole idea of having friends. I began feeling alone while grinding in music. From there I officially changed SubliminalxArt into an indie label and officially became a solo artist. I plan on capitalizing on that in the next few years, but not now. Currently, SubliminalxArt has 4 other people under the label, and their names are Tia(Singer), ExZx*Easy*(Producer/Dj/Graphic Designer), Jay Hendrix(Producer), & Dremmy(Video Editor & Producer).
Gabrielle Amani: What inspired your latest project?
Gabielle Amani: Before I leave you, I want to know what does your title mean?
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