Written By: Maxwell James
Chicago native A.K. is back at it. This time in the form of "Evolution", the first release off his highly anticipated "Highland EP”. Without question, A.K. has quickly made a name for himself in the Chicago music scene in recent years.
Along with his local success, A.K's recent breakthrough track, "5 P's" which features the likes of Atlanta native Que, indicates that the young Chicagoan is taking his talents far beyond the South Side. With that in mind, I recently had the chance to catch up with him to discuss his rise, views on the industry, and what to expect from the artist coming into 2016.
How would you describe and rate the music scene in the city you are currently staying, and how does it differ from the Chicago scene?
"It's definitely more unity and togetherness. They are always open to help one another here in ATL opposed to Chicago where everybody is too cool to show love or congratulate someone on any type of musical success and its out the question for them to help you in any way. They would rather you make it in your own out here then congratulate you as if they were supporting your movement from day one."
How did you make the transition from being a local Hip Hop act to having music as your full-time job?
"Man just putting music first and everything else second and believing in myself that I can do what I want with this music, as long as I put my mind and my all into it."
You recently had the chance to work with Que, one of the hottest artists to come out of Atlanta in recent years. How did that collaboration come about?
"Que is my bro We've been rocking out way before the fame and way before the music. We should have been had something out so we finally did it, it was just long overdue."
When it comes to Hip Hop and music in general, what is your criteria for quality?
"Definitely substance in whatever I hear. I want to hear what your going through where your head is, you know trials and tribulations"
What can we expect from you in 2016?
"2016 just expect way more music, the Highland EP & Something to Prove 2, a lot more videos etc.. I have a lot of merch I'm working on as well so just stay tuned for that"
Check out "Evolution" below and be sure to tune in for the Highland EP.