22 Apr '16, 9am
The Street Wisdom Of Akeem Jahat
“Biggie Smalls” is a reference that comes up constantly in our conversation with Akeem Jahat . For the 27-year-old Woodlands rapper, the East Coast’s Notorious saint has the upper hand over the West Coast guardian Tupac Shakur. “Biggie is a poet; Pac rants”, he tells us, closing the book on rap’s most enduring debate. Where most would sit on the fence and fret over the merits of both, Akeem hands it to you straight – just like in his music. If you’ve heard his work—including the excellent SeluDOPE mixtape—you know that he spits pure fire in a measured, instantly distinctive English-Malay flow that exudes unflappable verve. Bars, beats and uncompromising spirit are crucial ingredients in hip-hop and Akeem has them all. Ahead of his first solo show at Canvas , he takes us behind the philosophy of his pen.