Meet AKBAR, the emerging Rapper and Songwriter hailing from Columbus, Ohio. With a conscious rap style and a lyrical maturity beyond his years, AKBAR’s sound is underpinned by knowledge of self love and black empowerment!
This year, AKBAR’s set to blow, starting with his new single ‘YRBG’ (an acronym for ‘Young Righteous Black Girl’) — as well as his second single " Everlasting Thought ( Gotta Keep Movin) " an anthem for the culture that gives insight to the mind of young black men in the inner cities.
Originally an all-city and district high school football star, AKBAR turned down a potential football career to pursue engineering. When he left college due to financial hardships, he soon picked up a pen and started making music at home. He was quickly signed to indie label Super Nova by R&B legend Karyn White, who was blown away by a series of demos he’d produced using only his laptop and cellphone.
AKBAR first began rapping as a little boy — his sisters would tease him because he had a speech impediment. Looking back, the emerging hip-hop star realizes that all the obstacles and experiences he faced were leading him on a deeper path to greatness: “I always knew I had the ability to do something great buried within, I just didn’t know how to mine it out. You just have to know you can. Knowing it - that’s the key.”
Look out for AKBAR’s new single, ‘YRBG’, releasing soon. Follow the artist for updates and new music.