AKALA

 

Genre: HipHop/Rap

Albums: Its Not A Rumour, A Little Darker, Freedom Lasso, Accoustic Remixes, Double Think, The Last Message, The Thieves Banquet, Knowledge Is Power II, 10 Years Of Akala, and Visions.

Record Labels: Illa State Records, Immovable, Illa State LTD, PDC Music Label, Independent

 

Kingslee James Daley (born 1 December 1983), better known by the stage name Akala, is an English rapper and poet. Originally from Archway, London, his older sister is rapper/vocalist Ms. Dynamite. In 2006, he was voted the Best Hip Hop Act at the MOBO Awards. He is also an advocate and practitioner of Veganism.

Born in 1983 to a Scottish mother and Jamaican father, Daley grew up in Kentish Town, London. He chose the stagename Akala because it is a Buddhist term for “Immovable”, and started releasing music in 2003 from his own independent music label, Illa State Records. He released his first mixtape, entitled The War Mixtape, in 2004. In 2006 he released his first album – It’s Not a Rumour. This proved to be his breakthrough album, containing the single “Shakespeare” – a reference to his self-proclaimed title “The Black Shakespeare” – which made the BBC Radio 1 playlist. His work was recognised with the MOBO Award for Best Hip Hop Act. Additionally in 2006, a mixtape entitled A Little Darker was released under the name “Illa State”, featuring Akala and his sister Ms. Dynamite, as well as cameo appearances by many other artists. Akala appeared for a live session on BBC Radio 1Xtra where he was challenged to come up with a rap containing as many Shakespeare play titles as he could manage. Akala wrote and performed a minute-long rap containing 27 different Shakespeare play titles in under half an hour. He later recorded these lyrics in the studio and turned it into the single “Comedy Tragedy History”. In 2007 Akala followed up his breakthrough album with his Freedom Lasso album, containing the “Comedy Tragedy History” track. 2008 saw The War Mixtape Vol. 2 released along with an EP of acoustic remixes.