AKA is more than just a local rapper with big hits. He is the SUPAMEGA of the local rap game. What do you really know about AKA?
Kiernan Jarryd Forbes, better known as rap-star AKA, was born on 28 January 1988 and has since gone on to become arguably the biggest musician in South Africa. Whether you love him or hate him, we thought we should hit with five facts about this talented rapper.
What was the first real “hit” that you remember of AKA’s, whether it was “jealousy” or something prior, AKA’s rap career began professionally all the way back in 2002.
The rap group called Entity had a hit with a song called “Touch N Go”. The song was such a smash that the group were nominated for Best African Hip Hop in 2005 at the Kora awards.
If you’ve followed AKA over the last few years, you’ll know that he refuses to open for US stars when they tour in SA. Why? He looked up to many of the artists but on many occasions, he was treated by their security as a sort of third class citizen.
The list of stars Forbes has opened for, prior, is simply out of this world.
AKA has opened for Kanye West, Snoop Dogg, Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, Big Sean and Kendrick Lamar on their South African tours.
While Entity went their separate ways in 2006, AKA went on to study sound engineering before pushing all out on a solo rap career. Why sound engineering first? “It was just something I decided, that’s what I needed to do.
The course clearly did the trick, multiple AKA songs and albums have gone on to win awards their production.
While AKA gets a ton of flak for being vain and even “poverty shaming” his fans, people tend to forget that he has his own scholarship.
The AKA scholarship with the SAE Institute and Bridges for Music is a collaboration that covers the full year tuition for SAE’s full-time Higher Certificate in Sound Production at their Cape Town campus.
“It’s a great honour for me to be able to offer a young aspiring musician/producer/engineer an opportunity to equip themselves with the skills needed to begin a career in the industry. I myself studied to be a sound engineer and I still use the same skills I acquired all those years back.”
In his song with Anatii, Angelz, AKA has a line where he says “I don’t want to act like I’m from the Cape Flats, so bounce ASAP”.
That line says a lot about AKA who has often left his Cape Town fans feeling like he doesn’t want to acknowledge where he comes from.
After being born in CPT in 1988, Forbes only spent a few years living in Mitchells Plain with his grandmother. When 1995 came around, though, he left it all behind to live with his mother who was a school teacher in Joburg.
Now “Mr Bryanston”, he continues to define the Jozi celebrity lifestyle.
Watch: Rapper AKA suffers an embarrassing crowd-surfing mishap
With a solo album dropping later in 2018, expect more dominance from this local legend. Just how big can this rap genius get?