“It gets hard when you are financially struggling; plus seeing your family and friends go through health issues and financial problems makes you wish you could change it. It keeps me more motivated and makes me have more faith to persevere.”

Check out the interview with Akeem exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Akeem: This all started at a young age. Ever since I was born my parents raised me up on smooth jazz and r&b. I was influenced heavily from old school music. My uncle on the other hand had me listening to all the old school hip hop artists like Outkast, Tupac, Kriss Kross, Hotboyz, and other big artist and groups.

Later on around the age of 13 I met my friend Zachary Lyles (Tytus) and he was rapping and producing himself. At age 15 he made a beat that caught my attention and I wrote and recorded my first song that day. I have been in love ever since.

What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
I would say to really think about your vision and direction as an artist so when you are older you can be proud of what you have done. I also encourage them to not be like everyone else and to be real about what they write and to tell their story.

What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Some of the hardest challenges are just working a job everyday knowing music is all I want to be doing 24/7. It gets hard when you are financially struggling; plus seeing your family and friends go through health issues and financial problems makes you wish you could change it. It keeps me more motivated and makes me have more faith to persevere.

We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
The best way to promote and advertise is by just using social media and websites to my advantage. Facebook and Instagram are really big and can be a great tool to get people’s attention. I tag a lot of people and also pay for promotion. It is all about pushing yourself and getting your music out there.

Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I come from the small city of Titusville, Florida. There is not much to do and a lot of people want to leave, but there is a lot of talent. We all have to go to other cities like Cocoa Beach or Orlando to really get more opportunities. The fans are really just people you know or friends of people you know. It really isn’t the best city to build a huge fan base, but it is definitely a start.

Where do you see yourself a year from today?
In a year from now I hope to see myself living in Orlando doing big shows and traveling with other artists. I hope to gain some big opportunities to really start to blow up as an artist.

Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
My first biggest inspiration is Jesus Christ, my lord and savior, because without him I would not be who I am or even making music because he gave me this gift. My biggest inspirations are T.I., Kendrick Lamar, Logic, J. Cole, James Arthur, and many other real artists. I definitely look up to all these guys and get inspired day by day as an artist. My favorite person right now is Kendrick Lamar who I hope to work with one day.

How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I like real artists of today who really talk about real life and make great quality music. I do not like music of today, it all sounds the same and you can barely understand what they are even saying.

Where can we contact you and find you online?
Soundcloud: akeemmusic77
Instagram @akeemmusic
Twitter: @akeemmusic77
Facebook: Akeem
Email: akeemwash321@gmail.com