I know your thinking, " This is just another white skater dude from San Francisco spittin' that islamic message into his hard-rhymez."
August Zumwalt is Akword, the hard hitting, poignant and thought provoking artist of our time and beyond.
Born in Eugene, OR, a hot spot of activism surrounded by a sea conservatism. A seed develops.
Transplanted from Portland to Venice,CA at the time the world felt southern California's skateboarding cultural revolution. His passion and attitude towards skateboarding he applies to his music. Charge and take no prisoners.
It was the early musical influences of socially active artists such as Public Enemy and Suicidal Tendencies that paved the way, but a man must stand on his own achievements.
Akword, a raw bones tactical MC (microphone controller), who approaches his craft with fluidity and genius. The edgy feel of his lyrics combined with the driving rhythms is anything but awkward. It fits well. He's opened for or worked with hip hop stars such as Zion I, Paul Nice, J Boogie, DJ Wisdom, DJ Swamp, DJ Honda, RAW B, KUSF Beat Sauce, DJ Craze, Triple Threat DJ (Vinn Roc, Apollo, Short Kutt) and many others.
Played with: Common, Talib Kweli, Mr. Lif, Dead Prez, KRS ONE, Immortal Technique and many others.
Last Poets, James Brown, Funkadelic, MArvin Gaye, Smokey, Stevie Wonder, Rick James, Al Green, Isaac Hayes, Cool Herc, Afrika Bambataa, Grandmaster Flash, Mele Mel, Kurtis Blow, Run/DMC, Beastie Boys, Slick Rick, LL, Public Enemy, Ice-T, Biz Markie, KRS ONE, Heiro, Wu-Tang, Blackalicious, Living Legends, Masta Ace, Zion I, EPMD, De La Soul, MF DOOM, C-Lo... Many others.
Razor wire and gloves, surgical tubing, hand-cuffs,can of Gas, Zippo Lighter, brass knuckles, switchblade, Hack-Saw, bullets... and Gladys.
The hell I send him to will seem like heaven when I'm through with 'em.