In July 2011, British rapper Akala appeared on Charlie Sloth’s Fire In The Booth show, to perform a mind-blowing freestyle!
The BBC radio show invites British hip-hop talent to spit their lyrics over beats played by DJ Charlie Sloth.
Akala, real name Kingslee James McLean Daley, is the younger brother of Ms. Dynamite. Born in Crawley, East Sussex to a Scottish mother and Jamaican father, Akala was raised in Kentish Town, London.
Since the release of his debut album, It’s Not a Rumour, in 2006, Akala’s popularity has grown. Not to be boxed in as just a musician, he has added poet and author to his repertoire. As a result of his knowledge, Akala has given lectures at the most prestigious places, including Oxford Union.
In Fire In The Booth Part One, Akala’s knowledge knows no bounds, speaking on a wide range of subjects such as history, politics, poverty, racial and social issues. He balances technical ability with insane lyricism to deliver a hard-hitting take on subjects other rappers shy away from.
With not being afraid to tackle these subjects full on, Akala encourages the listener to read and educate themselves about the agenda of governments and politicians alike. As a result, UK hip-hop fans hold Akala’s FITB Part One in their top five shows.
Charlie Sloth On Akala
The show’s host, Charlie Sloth, certainly impressed with Akala, tells of how the conscious rapper from London is what UK hip-hop needs.
“You know what I love about Akala? He doesn’t wait on anybody and he does what he needs to do. He’s not a materialistic, self-indulgent person; he has a message and he lives up to his message. Whenever I see him, I leave re-evaluating my life. He doesn’t just talk about it, he lives it, and that’s priceless. He’s a model for hip-hop for me, he’s the sort of artist that KRS-One would bow down to.”