Kevin Johnson, otherwise known by his stage name A.K.A., is a
well-rounded and versatile hip hop artist from Seattle, WA. Nephew to
P-Funk superstar, George Clinton, A.K.A. has had a knack for music
since a young age. He began writing raps when he was 13 years old, and
credits the majority of his influences to his uncle George, and the
late great Heavy D. He released twelve mixtapes over a period of
twelve weeks in the summer of 2010, an EP on Valentine’s Day of 2011,
dropped his first full-length album “Resurgence” on July 15, 2011.
Recently he release his sophomore project "The Array" on March 31st
He is currently signed to the Los Angeles-based label Itchy Music
Entertainment, along with a select few other “urban music” artists
from the Pacific North West.
A.K.A. is much more than just a rapper, though. He is a hip hop artist
with visions of building an empire. He strives to bring back the art
in hip hop with his lyricism and bravado on the microphone. His goal
is to leave an impact on his audience, whether at one of his shows or
while listening to his CD. He also speaks out frequently against, what
has become the social norm of, pay-to-play. A.K.A. does not pay to
have his music promoted, reviewed, or spun by anyone, and strongly
feels that no other artist should either, regardless if it’s
independent or mainstream. Because he is known through his
word-of-mouth buzz in the scene, he has effectively created a solid
foundation for the empire he is building, and has nowhere else to
build but up.
Kyle Reed: Manager
Brandon Clouse: DJ
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What to Expect
Typical Gig Duration: 15 - 70 minutes
Standing in one of the most diverse crowd's I've ever been in the atmosphere was full of energy and excitement for the show to come. Everyone there knew very well the music of a legend in George Clinton. What some were getting ready to find out was that music ran through the veins of the family tree. I knew A.K.A, was ready to show these folks just that. I knew his set was going to be great. I didn't expect anything less than ALL IN! And he did!! The best show I've ever seen him do. His song selection was perfect for the crowd and as I was looking around it was obvious. EVERYONE was bouncin' to the tracks and moving and singing w/ the lyrics. The point of an "Opener" is to get the crowd ready. By the time his uncle, George Clinton, took to the stage w/ the P-Funk Allstars the crowd was more than ready.....they may of even been a bit wore out from the high energy and on-point show A.K.A. put on!
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