Nigerian-American rapper AKINYEMI reflects on his life on latest release, “a kid with an atlas.” The accompanying music video features a lush hillside landscape as the lyricist delivers each verse. The camera cuts to a child playing in a bedroom, depicting a younger version of himself.
“A kid with an atlas” has a fast but calculated hip-hop beat. The rapper’s flow is steady and concise keeping up with the lofi-inspired drums and bass. He articulates his early decision to pursue his craft against his family’s wishes. He raps, “I wake up early and practice my grammar, minus degree and my story still add up, circling cities, a kid with an atlas, I ran from distraction, I'm talking ‘bout practice.” With each bar he creates a sense of ambition and determination, sharing wisdom beyond his years.
The emerging lyricist has already garnered attention on social media by sharing a behind-the-scenes snippet of the track. Reaching over 14.5 million views on TikTok, his journey has resonated with many. He describes his inspiration, “This is for the first-generation kids who chose a different path than what their parents saw for them.” With contemplative lyricism and a fresh sound, AKINYEMI is pioneering the next generation of rap.