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Krystle Kantrece Johnson (Born May 29, 1987) better known by her stage name Ak'Sent is an Americanmarker Rapper from Los Angelesmarker, Californiamarker.

Life & Career

Ak'Sent is of African American and Mexican American Descent. Her father was an aspiring rapper caught up in the gang lifestyle and was killed in a gang shooting when she was four years old, with her mother unable to support her on her own she was sent to live with her grandparents in South Central, Los Angelesmarker. Ak'Sent was signed to Capitol Recordsmarker when she was only 16, Since then she has worked with a number of well-known professionals such as The Jaggernauts, DJ Quik, & Beenie Man " . Ak'Sent aims to avoid the glorification of violence and prefers to think of Hip-Hop as a form of street poetry." Her first album, International, was released on September 26, 2006. She released her second album Gem-In-I under the Avex label., it was released on July 16th, 2008 in Japanmarker only.

Behind The Music

Ak'Sent signed to a major label when she was only 16 years old, her African-American/Latino background had her wondering where to fit in. Adding to her challenges, rap music wasn't allowed in her grandparent's house, but as Ak'Sent learned more about her father's hip-hop aspirations, she decided she had to carry on in his honor. She eventually spent time in several R&B-based girl groups and began dance training with Debbie Allen. One showcase at the age of 16 had the young multi-talent signed to Capitol and working with the Jugganauts production team. Ak'Sent was especially excited about the Caribbean-styled beats the Jugganauts were working on, and soon she was writing a series of dancehall numbers. One was the future hit "Zingy," featuring guest star Beenie Man, who Ak'Sent herself had chosen because she was a huge fan. Her debut, International, landed in 2006 with a Spanish-language remix of "Zingy" and an ode to her departed father titled "My Life."

Other

Ak'sent had a part in the 2009 movie Fame. Her song titled "This Is My Life" is also on the soundtrack. She performs the song with Hopsin, Tynisha Keli, and Donte “Burger” Winston. Another song "This One" premiered in the movie Coach Carter.

References

  1. http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:kpfyxqudld0e
  2. Aksent Song Review at raphiphopmusic dot com
  3. http://www.djbooth.net/index/interviews/entry/aksent-interview/
  4. http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:kpfyxqudld0e
  5. http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/detailview.html?KEY=AVCD-23626
  6. http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/detailview.html?KEY=AVCD-23626
  7. http://www.artistdirect.com/artist/bio/aksent/3183826
  8. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RWqPNE8xFw
  9. http://thescorecardreview.com/news/2009/08/25/fame-complete-soundtrack-track-listing/5060



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