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Issue 176 • Friday, April 10, 2015
Listening to the audio recording of my in-
terview with Akil Williams (aka King Tut in
the rap game), was nothing short of enter-
taining; complete with accidental F-bombs,
tons of laughter and intellectual pauses.
Being the first interview conducted outside
the METRO office, the vibe was unique.
Akil's mixtape aptly titled "I'm Gonna
Make It" is his first and available for free via
mediafire. Hosting a range of rap and hip hop
music, he stated, "Word is getting around.
People are sharing it. With a free mixtape,
I'm not making any money and I'm not trying
to get any sponsorship or grants. I just want
to get my name out there. The only way I
everything in my power to be heard."
Currently released are, "Blaze It Up",
"Never Felt" and "Ain't Nobody".
Originally from Long Circular Road, aside
from rapping professionally for the past 5
years, Akil currently works within the cre-
ative industry as a scriptwriter and publicist
for Trinidad Styles.
While there are those who revel in natural
ability, there are also those who have to put
in the work. This is exactly what Akil did as
he admitted, "My experience was challenging
because I wasn't always good, you know.
People made a lot of comments, a lot criti-
cism was made against me because I didn't
have that voice, that sound that I was look-
ing for. I was still in the developing stages, so
I was challenged to find myself. The words
were always there, but I needed to work on
Naming persistence as his key to surviving
those moments, he also gave credit to 'being
tired of only hearing that he couldn't do it.'
"Believing in myself, because I knew where
I wanted to be. It just took a lot of practice to get
here. And I'm still practicing. There's still a struggle
after that though because in Trinidad - it's not al-
ways what you know, it's who you know - makes
me wish I knew someone in radio that I could just
give my music to and get instant play."
Coming a long way, he's performed on CNMG's
show "Moving On" and stated, "I've also gotten a
chance to perform alongside The Cartars at one of
their shows for our song, 'Teach Me How to Love'
produced by The Cartars, President Music and my-
self - the experience was truly an honour."
Describing writing as his academic achievement
despite being a delinquent scholar, Akil regularly
got yelled at by his parents for ignoring textbooks
in exchange for books about Martin Luther King.
Now a writer by profession, he noted, "I compose
my own songs. Everybody has a story, you just
the music I make. A good beat always gets me
The second (soon to be released) mixtape enti-
tled, "Sage Mode" (any other Naruto fans?) has a
single produced by Julio Harry of Prince Promo-
tions entitled, "Another Level". Akil added, "I'm open
to working with other people once they don't mind
working with me. I just hope I can get more people
to work with because it brings out different sides
of me as an artiste."
Working with Aaron Richards of ADR Produc-
tions for music videos "Blaze It Up" and "Never
Felt" available on Youtube, he is aiming for interna-
tional recognition, not just local. "And it is possible.
My message is to make people understand that I
am making music for people to feel, and not just in
the club. I am trying to be myself and relate to
other people, so I just want them to understand
where I'm coming from. Hopefully they could feel
it."Speaking from experience, Akil advises rising
artistes to, "Remain consistent and don't think
about what people have to say because you have
to be able to ignore the people that tend to not
have good things to say. Do what feels right for
you. I look up to everyone who is doing their part
right now to make their music understood and
known. I want to say thank you to the supporters
because without them, nothing is possible. Rest in
peace, Jelani Jordan aka Lal. Metaphysical lives."
While I cannot count the number of times Akil
made a shout out to someone (including me), it's
obvious he is truly appreciative to those who sup-
ported him along the way. From Trini Rebels and
Maverick Media, to the names aforementioned and
those that blew the word count - believe me when
I say - Akil gave you a shout out. Yes. He did.
To shout back, feel free to follow him on Insta-
gram @metaphysicalkingtut and Facebook @King-
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