Hitting The Avenue With Akil B Strange

Akil B Strange hails from Brooklyn to Queens with Jamaican roots, he's been writing and rapping since the age of 11.

Akil has released a music video for his new track " Avenue", which has 30,000+ streams on Spotify from his upcoming album " Everything You've Heard is True", set to release April 20, 2021.

Akil gave Major Coffee some background on his creativity and what he thinks about the music industry.

Who inspired you to make music? There’s no one person. I’m inspired by life and metaphors I see around us. Music is the way that I make things make sense for me. ... maybe Michael jackson lol Tell us about your video “Avenue” inspiration behind it? I just wanted to give my fans the experience of driving around the city one night with me one night while I make moves.

What can we expect from your forthcoming album “Everything you heard is true”? Sounds that will excite your earbuds in ways you didn’t think was possible What changes have you seen in the music industry? That’s a pretty broad question. The industry —the hip hop industry especially — is a constantly changing organism. It will always grow and alter itself to be the most effective voice for the youth and for the street. It’s a lot more digital. But so is everything.. Additionally artists have a lot more agency to determine the course of their career than we have had in the past. What new current artists do you like? Ummm. Jeff B Rachet. Mick Jenkins. Benny the butcher. All of griselda really. Baby Keem. Yemi Alade. Idk.. What artist(s) would you like to collab with?

Mick Jenkins. Future. Andre 3000. James Blake. How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business? While it give us more of a voice, the internet has also made things more of a free for all with regards to the involvement of average people on a huge scale. It can be both a good and bad thing. The career of an A&R or booking agent is way more accessible for someone to the larger public through social media and the connectivity allowed by the internet; but in that same light, anyone can put those titles on their social media page without having the relevant experience. It’s a musical landscape with a lot more opportunity and artistic autonomy, but an also increased amount of traps and pitfalls. And as a fan we have a great deal more power in popularizing the artists that we want to hear. The normalization of music subscriptions makes it harder to own/possess your music without access to the internet. And, while you find dope music through the playlists, that other part really sucks dick.

What is your creative process like? I just listen to the beat. And try and hear what the music wants me to say. Or the spirits. Idk which sometimes lol. I smoke. I drive. I fuck. I eat mushrooms. I go out and party ( before COVID) I walk around and draw inspiration. I record it. Sometimes I write it. Sometimes I don’t. I always remember it. I listen to it a bunch and figure out if I hate it or not. Then on to the next. If you could pass on a nugget of wisdom to the next musical generation, what would it be? Do research. It makes you a stronger artist. If you were talking to a younger version of you, what advice would you give yourself? Uhhh. Patience young grasshopper.

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