AKS • Nothing More, Nothing Less
"…one of the new breed of excellent UK rap artists that are likely to make a lasting impact." - Hypetrak.com
There's no denying that there's been a real sense of collective support and palpable excitement around lyricist AKS in the lead up and post the release of his lyrically rich Bus Stop E.P. A well orchestrated body of music, the E.P's title track,'Bus Stop', is one of the most raw and relatable UK Hip-Hop tracks to do the rounds in recent years. AKS is the guy next door and his visceral rhymes and resonating hunger are testimony to every man's internal struggle. With many recent converts giving the thumbs up to his talent including the likes of  RocNation's Young Guru, we hope you will be too, if not already fully on board
No stranger to the stage, AKS began performing at the Albany Empire Theatre in Deptford, London after clambering onstage, aged seven, whilst his father was performing. After his first impulsive experience in the spotlight, AKS developed a taste for the stage and performed there many times in subsequent years, singing his father’s songs. Along came secondary school, puberty and rebellion, all of which saw AKS swap the parental encouragement to learn to play the piano for electronically produced urban beatscapes. Fascinated with the early Grime scene, he became a regular feature on pirate radio sets on N-Tyce FM. Delivery came easily to him, as did the waves of positive feedback from his immediate community. During his college years, AKS was inspired by hearing “complete and utter sense put together in a form resembling articulate prose.” He was astounded that somebody from these shores could write something emotionally & politically productive and articulate it in a way that touched people. “It’s one thing to appreciate the Tupac Shakurs and Nasir Jones’ of the world on CD – but to hear someone rap with skill and impact first-hand, and without an American accent…” lured AKS towards Hip-Hop with conviction. Since that point in time, AKS has gone on to perform alongside formidable talents such as DaleyCleo Sol, StoosheChipmunkTY, Bashy, Ghetts and Shakka at various events, including the In The Mix FestivalVoice Of The Streets, and Queens Park Festival. A strong stage presence and a commanding voice with a diverse flow are the impressive tools with which AKS exhibits his memorable and talented skill for writing lyrics. He raps deeply and provocatively, catching your attention from his first utterance with sincere and impassioned delivery, attention-catching murmurs and earnest words. AKS draws on commonplace experiences, with lyrically introspective reflections on the two-way relationship between himself and his environment. Tired of the consuming ‘get-this-money’ factor of many rappers which leave one wondering what happened to the person behind the image, AKS explains: “Yeah you’ve gotta get dough, but you’re also a person. I just want to show that person. For me, it’s not a case of what sounds good, but more about what sounds right.” AKS has been on a steady rise over the last few years with the release of consistently excellent music and moving live performances, refusing to compromise musically in an increasingly commercial environment. His 2009 mixtape, A Miracle in the Making, boasts fan-favourite ‘This 80’s Baby’ – as featured on BBC Radio 1Xtra and his ground-breaking performance as “People’s Choice” winner on the popular online music platform The Cordless Show – culminating in significant co-signs from several veterans and key names in UK rap including TY, Swiss and 2009 Mercury Music Prize winner Speech Debelle.   Two years on from his well-received debut, “Modes of Transport: The Bus Stop EP” certainly proved to be worth the wait… With a wealth of soulful Hip Hop musical milieus from the likes of Nutty PChemoSelf-Taught and newcomer P.Y to complement AKS’ most definitive song-writing and delivery to date. The Bus Stop EP is evidence of the well-rounded artist he has become. Since the EP’s release AKS has created an eruption on the music platform. Starting off with a bang at his memorable EP launch party, which saw an intimate, but sizeable crowd wowed by the live performance of each EP cut. The vibe in the party was phenomenal and the reception AKS received was nothing less than he deserved, further highlighted by the solid co-sign received from Roc Nation’s Young Guru (The sound man behind some of Jay Z’s biggest records). MTV Brand New Unsigned for 2013 nomination under his belt, its clear that AKS is regarded as one of the most promising talents in the UK, and with his eagerly anticipated sophomore project “Modes of Transport: Train of Thought” slated for a spring 2016 release, the world is definitely his Oyster Card.
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