Hip Hop artist, writer and educator Akala recently appeared on GRM Daily‘s Daily Duppy to spit an unmissable freestyle.
Akala, real name Kingslee James McLean Daley, is the younger brother of rapper and singer Ms Dynamite. Akala, a Buddhist term meaning immovable, was raised in Kentish Town, London by his Scottish mother and Jamaican father.
Throughout his career, the outspoken emcee proudly includes the history of his heritage in his music, in a bid to educate his listeners.
Back in 2006, Akala dropped his debut album, ‘It’s Not a Rumour’, exposing the UK Hip Hop scene to more conscious lyrics. The album won him a MOBO Award and as a result, earned him a place on the UK leg of Christina Aguilera’s 2006 tour.
Since his debut, Akala has given lectures at the most prestigious places, including Oxford Union. Most notably, he founded The Hip-Hop Shakespeare Company, a music theater production company. It explores the social, cultural and linguistic parallels between the works of William Shakespeare and of modern-day Hip Hop artists.
In 2011, on Charlie Sloth‘s ‘Fire In The Booth’ show, Akaka demonstrated the depth of knowledge at his disposal. He famously rapped; “But I do quite literally own a library, that definitely costs more than your chain.” Backing up his claim, he said; “I’ve got about three or four thousand books. So I’ve got quite a collection.”
Stepping to GRM Daily‘s Daily Duppy mic, Akala delivers his unique style of electric, intelligent and deep lyrics at a fast pace. Recorded in March, he references his novel, ‘The Dark Lady’, timeless literature and history. Similarly to other notable Hip Hop educators like; KRS-1, Chuck D and Tupac Shakur, Akala certainly goes beyond expectation.