Artist of the day: Akiese
Cleveland, Ohio native Akiese has been performing since age 12, and now seems on the verge of making a name for himself in Tampa Bay. His Tampa Label, 5 O’Clock Entertainment (Strizzo, Shawty) likens his deep rasp to DMX, Ja Rule and Xzibit, and while plenty of his songs do have a distinct funk-rap flavor (This Life is a total slice of Tupac) he’s also got a knack for catchy pop hooks.
The synthy You Got It All wouldn’t sound out of place at a Flo Rida concert, and his ragga-tinged single Hands On Ya Knees could deserve airplay in any number of top Ybor City clubs. And Go Hard, a rock-rap collaboration with DrewBee Arthur and Famous Kid Brick, has a dark club-metal flavor that could pass for Linkin Park. Akiese also directed the video — check it out here.