We had the good fortune of connecting with A.K.A 2and2 and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi A.K.A 2and2, career-wise, where do you want to be in the end?
More than anything, I want to be in a position to give others opportunities. Of course, I would love to take care of my family, that goes without being said but it is vital that I pass it on to the community. The ability to simply grant someone the means to support their vision/aspirations is something I want to do regularly. No accolades or none of that, I just want to do the groundwork. And eventually, bring something back to my home state/city. Growing up, I felt ashamed of my artistic interest and shied away from expressing myself more than I should have because of what others might think. That needs to stop. More kids need to see someone that looks like them encouraging their passions and giving them the space to do so. I want to provide that, inshallah.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Really when it comes to my work, when it’s time to work, nothing else matters. Not even my hands actually hitting a single key, drumming a single pad, or chopping a single sample. Because the moment I regain consciousness, there’s the potential to completely lose that moment/environment that’s been created. My ability to lock in during those moments is something I do not take for granted. It is ritualistic and when I am in that zone, the music takes me to another place.
Getting to the point where I was comfortable releasing music, essentially, took me my whole life. I don’t really think I have done much but just that: release music. I would say that helps as well, not looking back at anything I have done because it is in the past. I have to LOVE a song to put it out but at the same time, so what? New music dropping daily and it’s forgotten instantly. I want to stand the test of time, inshallah.
I would say, however, for a slight moment (perhaps a few days), after the release of my most recent project “The First Communion-Demo” I was proud of myself. Proud that I had pride behind my work and knowing that there was no fear or discouragement of sharing it. I knew exactly what I made and knew it wasn’t going to be duplicated. I am just extremely grateful people were able to take something away from it.
Passion is everything. The reality is most people don’t know what they like, they don’t know their true interests or what brings them pure joy. If you don’t love this sh*t, whatever you’re doing, respect that space and remove yourself from it. People would die for the slightest of opportunity I have been presented with so there is no letting up.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My people out east are always calling me and think it’s a blizzard, then when I tell them it’s 85 they don’t believe me. So to enjoy the beautiful weather, we’d get up early as hell and go on a different hike (daniels park, manitou incline, mount falcon park, emerald lake, etc.) every morning. Something about starting my days off in nature really does something for my aura.
Then we’d go to the best breakfast spot, arguably the best food spot, which is, of course, Sam’s No.3. To call it a restaurant would be unethical and demeaning. Sam’s is an institution, a safe haven, a temple. It’s the mecca. Sometimes I’ll go there and I’ll be dying for french toast at 8 o’clock at night, what can I say?
After that, my homies gotta come dig for some records with me. We’ll hit up Angelo’s in Aurora but we’re definitely hitting the one on Broadway, gotta hit up the antique shop on Havana, and eventually once we’re making our way downtown, we’ll go to a rooftop at a disclosed location and enjoy some…herbs.
Then we’ll hit Vices, a few other thrift stores in the area, maybe even grab lunch at Cafe 21, (the best-fried rice I have ever had.) We would definitely have to go to the Denver art museum but then also head over to five points and check out the art galleries happening over there.
Then later on, maybe we hit a Nuggets game, just off of respect.
To end the night off, we take a drive to lookout mountain. To me, that sounds like a pretty complete day to me
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Well first and foremost, big shoutout to Emily for even giving me the opportunity to be a part of this series. Thank you so much Em. And a huge thanks to Nick as well.
My mom gets all the credit. She’s really the only person I owe anything to in this life. She’s a warrior in every sense of the word and as long as she believes I made something of this life, I’ll die peacefully. I know I’m my father’s son, but I for damn sure am my momma’s boy. Always.
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