A5kem – Art You Can Hear

Peace! What is you name and how did you get it?
 ASKEM-  It’s my surname….
For those that have never heard of you, how would you describe your self?
Iconic Artistic Hip Hop Imagery Art You Can Hear
What are you currently working on right now?
Just finished Artwork for a new Mellow Man Ace Album Dropping Soon and A T-Shirt Design For Big Daddy Kane
What do you enjoy the most about what you do?
The Pleasure that people get in my work, the emotion and memories related to the craft and culture of hip hop.
What was your first piece?
Gosh that’s a hard one to remember, I think 911 is a joke
What would you say your greatest achievement is so far?
Gaining Recognition from the likes of Big Daddy Kane, Paradise Gray, Chuck D & The Kidd Creole and having the opportunity to work with them.
What gives you inspiration?
Hip hop culture itself, the diversity and reach across the globe across all cultures it has.
Whats your thoughts on the current state of hip hop today?
Hip Hop has its challenges but I do think that there is a resurgence of ‘good’ hip hop and conscious artists, Also a greater appreciation of the golden era is being expressed through the internet and social media
What do you think about titles as ‘UK hip hop’ Shouldnt it be just hip hop?
Hip Hop is a cultural movement and at its core doesn’t really have labels as those involved in hip hop are all one, but definition is important too and there is nothing wrong with defining ‘uk hip hop’  separately.for me the important thing is about the intention behind the craft.
As a artist do you feel that Dj’s and mediums out there are representing the culture correctly?
Like all areas of Art there are those who don’t come correct for whatever reason, like I said previously it is about intention, unfortunately some areas of the industry or players in it are driven by a corplantation mentality
What would you say that you as a member of this hip hop society bring to the table?
The visual embodiment of the craft, from the roots of the pioneers to present day.  Art you can hear.
What can we expect next from you?
Some Fresh Album Designs and of course the continued blueprint of hip hop in a visual sense
Is there anything else you would like to say or shout any one out?
Shout out to the Rapstation & Hip Hop Gods Family. Chuck D, big Daddy Kane. Paradise Gray. the Kidd Creole. Laura LBC. Flatline. Darlin Tilery & Skaz Digga and everyone who has supported my work. Thank you all


twitter @a5kem


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