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Growing up in Philly, it was inevitable that you were exposed to Hip-Hop. For those who were drawn to it, the love affair began and the culture grew. Since 1973, Hip-Hop grew from B-Boys, Beat Boxing and DJs to an art form relatable to everyone. The 1990s gave way to a generation of people who could appreciate Hip-Hop as an art form rather just a commercial entity because artists from NWA and Snoop to A Tribe Called Quest and Nas could co-exist. There wasn't one sound and people could hear different artists on local radio stations.
Coors Light and Power 99 would like to introduce The Movement, to give the mic to 13 local emcees and introduce the collective of real Hip-Hop artists that exists in the city. The Underground Summer Series, featuring 13 local artist performances, live in our performance studio, will take place over the 13 weeks of summer.
Growing up in Voorhees, New Jersey with a mother from Boston and a father from Cameroon, Africa; Ako seldom found a place for himself, being viewed by some as not "African enough" and others as not "American enough." At the age of 17, he found his place in music. It was the discovery of a beat-making program on a computer in the school lab that led Ako to fall in love with making music. Growing up, much of his inspiration was due largely to that fact that he began finding less and less music that he wanted to buy.
Drawing on the skill of taking a story apart and piecing it back together like Quentin Tarantino in his films, Isaac Hayes in his lyrics and The Roots in their music arrangement; he put together his first project My Point of Hue in 2008. The album produced a recollection of memories from his life over beats sampled from the cartoon series "Peanuts." When Ako produced the beat for the song "Gave You" for Amir Taron, they vibed immediately. They started making music together. Some tracks went to Ako's album; some went to Amir Taron's album. Amir Taron dropped watercoloroncanvas the same year. That was the beginning of Chemistry Music Collective. Chemistry Music Collective is now made up of several artists including producers, Deleon, Mute and J the Audiophile.
"My Point of Hue" was met with praise on the underground Hip-Hop circuit in Philadelphia and throughout New Jersey. He is back in the studio working on his second project, Stained Glass Shattered Thoughts and Broken Syllables.