Akira The Don’s First EP

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Not many hip-hop artists come as original as Akira the Don. This one rocks a Salvador Dali-esque moustache, long bleached blonde hair and a wardrobe seemingly more befitting of a glam rocker from the late seventies than someone who claims he wants to be the “Rap Morrissey”.

Just as his look is different so is his sound. His songs are created in a refreshingly simple fashion using a bashed up old keyboard, decks, random cheap stringed instruments pilfered from boot ales and ebay, and his precious computer. His lyrics are unusually candid and revealing.

‘Akira The Don’s First EP’ features 4 tracks that stand out for their fresh, unpretentious production and sincerity.

Akira’s an MC poet who uses music as an outlet for tackling real-life issues head on. He’s not afraid to open up about his inner fears or rail about the things in life he hates. He has the ability to recount stories and can carry the listener along with his words, painting graphic pictures enabling them to empathise and share his feelings, convictions and personal journeys.

The combination of strong hip-hop beats, skillful MCing and personal story telling sets Akira the Don up as an exciting, highly innovative music maker you won’t want to ignore.

Track 1 – John The Baptist

    Opening with super tragic synthetic strings, the introduction of live double bass hook up that sets the tone for Akira’s introspective brooding, as our short-arsed hero laments the fact that growing up has not necessarily delivered him from the fears and guilt that plagued him as a tiny Catholic child. Even more disappointingly, neither has he turned into the kind of superstud he imagined he would when he was young. The record is a great example of Akira’s candid honesty and skills as a MC. He is not afraid to make himself vulnerable by admitting he is prone to feeling “lame, ashamed, awkward, a geek,” and would rather be “the fucking Zen-master.” Like, duh.

Track 2 – Liverpool

    Dirty, techy hip-hop bass-lines courtesy of fellow Birmingham basshead Mothboy dominate the record and set a punchy pace as Akira recounts the happy tale of how he ran away to Liverpool on the morning of his 15th birthday. The gritty record goes into his life on the streets, scheming, shoplifting, legging it from coppers.

Track 3 – The Drinking Song

    In Chaz and Dave pub style, Akira makes fun of his ventures and mishaps on the piss and contrasts them with the personal salvation he’s experienced since giving up booze, a thing that’s also left him a social outcast!
    The point being, whether you drink or not, every human being has the inherent need and right to join arms and bellow simplistic nonsense at the top of their lungs.

Track 4 – One Bullet

    An angry, meditative rant over the famed DJ Slepton’s laid back hip-hop beats and set off with a haunting eastern sitar sample. Akira kicks off angry at our attitude to women and how they’re portrayed in the media, before losing his initial point and amid a huge tirade against everything that happened to be upsetting him on the particular night this was recorded, climaxing with a call for the execution of Everybody Whom As A Dick, something he considers a necessary step in our evolution as a People.

In a previous lifetime, before he transcended into a solo artist, Akira the Don was a journalist just like you and co-edited the anarchic, leftfield music website, PlayLouder.com. He was also in a band called Crack Village, beloved of the UK style press thanks perhaps to their ploy of combining silly outfits with skull-crushing beats. In both roles he was renowned for being a verbose lyricist and an imaginative writer so it is only natural that his debut release proves him as an artist whose words and vision will rock your world.

An insight into the world of Akira The Don can be found, incredibly enough, at www.AkiraTheDon.com, online home of the famed ATD Mixtape series, where ATD and the BirdDogg, his trustee DJ flex their freestyling and bootleg muscles, along with the daily updated diary and a bunch of weird animated blobby things.


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