El AKA is a rapper, activist and coordinator for Agroarte, a collective from the shabby neighborhoods of Medellin that fuses hip-hop, art, memory and agriculture. Agroarte was the first to create “Jardines resistes de vida” (Gardens of Life), an initiative to maintain a united community through gardening. First AKA plants the seed, then he sings, because collective farming goes hand in hand with hip-hop. These cultural expressions are the most natural ones that come from the Medellin community. As the gardens grow vegetables and fine herbs, the community slowly begins to take the places that have always been theirs and begins to tell stories silenced by fear.
He’s in a nice room. The negativity didn’t bother him, and his latest song, Lemons (Lemonade), featuring Nasty C, was an instant hit.
Rapper Kiernan “AKA” Forbes told The Drum he feels refreshed in music and ready to kick off the holiday season in two months.
“I’m planning festivals and concerts and entertaining people during this festival.”
His songs may not have charted, but he’s excited to release “You’re Welcome,” a new track since his collaboration with Costa Titch.
“Lemonade is probably one of the most popular songs. It’s going well, it’s picking up speed, and I’m excited.”
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AKA saying he’s in a happy place and trying not to worry about negativity.
“This season in my life feels like spring or summer,” he said.
“I feel like a whole new breath of fresh air in gaming, hip-hop, music, and my life.”