Searching For The Akafella – The Akinyele Video Collection
Inspired by this Martorialist Akineyele Deep Cuts compilation, I began to revisit some of Akafella’s later work, and it turns out that it’s a lot more entertaining now that the bitter taste of disappointment of him abandoning the genius of songs like “Exercise” and “Outta State” for endless variations of songs about poon have since been blotted out by years of excessive liquor consumption.
You may have read a few years back that Ak opened a strip club in Las Vegas called Lollypops and claimed to have clocked $5 million in the first week. According to some comment section gossip, which I always take as fact, “Last I knew he owns a strip club on Queens Blvd. in Queens, NY. He got he start due to a an accident he had years ago & won the lawsuit.” This was followed up by another blog of questionable validity posting this:
“Akinyele made up the story that LolliPop’s strip club made $5-Million in one week for press. His planned worked, but the dude who put up the money is pissed because Akinyele didn’t mention his name in the press. How the fuck can LolliPop’s make $ 5-Million in a week? The place is as big as a cupboard. Dude kicked Akinyele, out of the club and banned him from the spot. He ripped up the contract between him and Akinyele, but Akinyele is going to fight him in court. They did have an agreement between them.”
Back in 2008, Ak told AHH that he’s been in the game for a long time:
“Akinyele: Aww man. My first club I started in probably 1995. I got introduced to that whole game by a friend of mine. I did it first just for fun. Just thinking, “Hey I can probably get girls to come in here and dance,” and I did it for straight up p****y. Then I realized it was a business.”
As for his film work, of Aktapuss: The Sexcom, Amazon customer W. Curtis Mcdonald Jr. wrote:
“This movie was’nt even worth the postage…A few scene with some tight Sistas is the only reason I did’nt throw it out of the window !!!!”
According to this story from last month, Akinyele Adams can now be found working as the general manager of Disco Rick‘s infamous King of Diamonds strip club. Sadly, the reality show that was talked about a few years back never came to fruition…
Video: The Alchemist – Shut The Fuck Up
Roffle Harris at this video. Rapper’s Best Friend 3 drops 30 September. Video directed by Jason Goldwatch.
Video: Timeless Truth – Out of the Loop
Catch the crew at Webster Hall on 3 September. Taken from the Dominican Diner EP.
Video: Psycho Les feat. Royal Flush, Tragedy Khadafi and Illa Ghee – Thunder Bells Teaser
This is the definition of Conservative Rap Coalition-approved rap. All four of these gentlemen do themselves proud with their vocal performances here.
Video: Your Old Droog – Just Rhymin’ With Skizz, Episode One
Good to see this fellow sporting a sensible polo shirt and a haircut you can set your watch to.
Video: Action Bronson – Easy Rider
“I heard your bitch still wears Ecko.” Good to see Action putting that VICE paper to good use.
Video: Ed OG – 2 Turntables and a Microphone
Pete Rock produced lead single from Ed’s next LP, After All These Years, dropping 9 September.
Video: Domingo Feat. M.O.P and GP100 – We Put It Down
Domingo‘s new album, Same Game, Different Rules is out on Tuesday. Be on the look-out for my extensive interview with the man to drop then.
Video: Spesh feat. Kool G Rap – The Meeting
G Rap just directed the video to this feature he did a few months ago. Apart from the Conservative Rap Coalition violation that is Spesh‘s bedazzled t-shirt, this is good stuff.
Video: Meyhem Lauren and Buckwild – Silk Shirts and Yellow Gold
Laurenovich unleashes a video for his project with Buckwild, which you can now cop on double vinyl. Directed by Oz Perla.
Video: Tragedy Khadafi feat. Starvin B and Royal Flush – Lazarus Pit
This ticks all the boxes for CRC approval:
– Trag and Royal Flush raps
– Non-progressive lyrical content
– Low budget video
– Classic loop
Video: Apollo Brown feat. Roc Marciano – Lonely & Cold
Bonus points for the Le Coq Sportif reference, although Marciano apparently wasn’t able to make it to the video shoot on some ol’ LL-missing-the-“Rampage”-clip type shit. Taken from the Thirty Eight LP.
Video: Him Lo – Lo Sama Him Laden [800lb Gorilla]
This is the second video from the free Counterstrike 2: A Decade of Unkut project, featuring Him-Lo Da Inapproriate stomping through Philly, as shot and directed by CRC VP richdirection for aunqueting media. Look out for Him-Lo’s Complimentary Snacks tape, dropping here in the near future.
Video: Big Twins and Pryvet Peepsho – Complex
Big Twins Gambino gets his Google on while discussing the ups and downs of the Mobb Deep and Infamous Mobb fall-outs. Produced by Tony AG.
Video: DJ Skizz feat. Roc Marciano, AG, OC, & Godfather Pt. III – Light Years
Rap Game Superfriends (if you ignore Mad Skillz’ old crew), from last year’s BQE LP.
Video: J-Love – The Fakeness
The lesson from this video? Never to get J-Love to sign your CD’s…
Video: Ka & Preservation – Still Heir
First video from the 1200 BC EP is business as usual from the rapping fireman – b&w visuals and low-key rap hands.
Video: RAST – Bad Dope [DJ Treats Version]
An old Cypress Hill classic gets a welcome update from ya boy RAST RFC and a DJ Treats fan-vid.
DJ King Shameek – The Unkut Interview
Having returned to the music game five years ago after an extended hiatus, DJ King Shameek is back rocking clubs on a regular basis in New Jersey and beyond, but you most likely first saw him do his thing with Twin Hype for their dance floor classic “Do It To The Crowd.” Shameek took some time out of his schedule to talk about his roots as a DJ and early production techniques, King Sun vs. Ice Cube and his involvement with the mysterious diss record “The Truth” in 1999, which may have inspired 50 Cent‘s “How To Rob.”
Robbie: What made you want to take deejaying seriously?
DJ King Shameek: I was living in California at the time – I’m originally from New Jersey – but my uncle was at a legendary club in Newark, NJ called The Zanibar, so every time he used to come to California he would always bring a couple of records and give me some stuff, and I would see photographs of him deejaying. That’s when I really started trying to persue it a little more, get turntables and stuff like that. This is when they didn’t even have a mixer with a cross-fader yet. I was getting these microphone mixers that just had the faders up and down, so I would just sit there with a left and a right, putting one up and then putting the other one down! It was hilarious if you think about it now. I was always collecting records and I inherited records from my parents – they brought me up on a lotta Motown stuff and some Spanish stuff here and there. I was preparing myself in my adolescent years, toying around with my father’s record player, trying to scratch on them! [laughs] I would try to do that when he wasn’t watching. I ended up leaving California in ’87. Before that I was just doing a few gigs by being featured here and there, it wasn’t until I came here that I started producing and deejaying professionally.
Video: 45 King Plays His Demo Beats on 45
Pretty much self-explanatory, from a series of twelve 7 inch singles that will be released over two months. Note the 45 King slip mats courtesy of BBP.