Hip hop artist AK (Austin Kassabian) is putting fans in a trance with his new hypnotic music video for “Oooo.” The single serves as a full-on anthem dedicated to the haters-turned-fans. The young artist keeps it both real and relatable with his song lyrics discussing how other people’s opinions and actions towards you shifts as your personal success skyrockets. AK raps, “Laughing cause half of these bozos hating now asking for photos.” During the song’s bridge,AK takes a moment to pause and reflect on the toll that the falsities associated with fame can take on ones’ mental health.
“I’m getting paid, but the mental game is the ultimate priceThey don’t believe it or see it, I guess it’s too out of sightAnd that’s the difference between us,This shit ain’t always as it may seem, when you got big dreams.”
AK often raps about the perks and perils that go along with a fast rise to fame as he experienced his own overnight success at age 16 when his YouTube video remix of Desiigner’s “Panda” went viral. The video has since amassed nearly 35-Million views, and was followed by a slew of other remixed freestyle covers before AK began releasing his own original singles. Today, the 20-year-old artist has been spending time in the studio crafting his forthcoming EP “On Me” which is set to release on February 7, 2019. The single “Oooo” as well as his recently released track “Closed Off” will both be featured on the highly anticipated EP.
The weather may be getting colder, but hip-hop artist AK (Austin Kassabian) is bringing the heat on his new self-produced single “Closed Off.” AK opens up on “Closed Off” inviting listeners into his kingdom – and inevitably fandom – in which he rules supreme as the leader of a new era of hip-hop. The single comes off of his highly anticipated forthcoming EP “Closed Off,” which is guaranteed to be full of fiery flows.
Hailing from the Garden State, the young hip-hop artist has already firmly planted his feet in the music industry with his uncanny lyrical abilities. The 20-year-old artist from South Brunswick, NJ was quick to take to the internet by storm after writing and releasing remixed freestyle covers on his YouTube of top hip-hop tracks stamped with his own creative spin. Now with well over 100-Million YouTube views, AK has successfully branched out with several successful original singles under his belt. He recently wrapped up a nationwide tour, during which he released his first fully self-produced single “Ignorance Is Bliss.” Carving out a space of his own in the music industry, BET noted “this is only the beginning for hip-hop newcomer AK.” While, Idolator cited AK as “one of hip-hop’s hottest newcomers.”
“Closed Off” gives just a glimpse into what is to be AK’s greatest body of work to date. With each music release bigger than the last, it goes to show that AK is the next big thing in Hip Hop.
HipHop artist AK gets emotional on self-produced “Ignorance Is Bliss”
On “Ignorance Is Bliss,” AK gets real and reveals the all-too-relatable truth behind the feelings of the rise to success – claiming it to be ‘a gift and a curse.’ The single sonically mimics the peaks and valleys of this emotional journey. While his quick-witted verses reiterate the raw emotional battle of figuring out who can and cannot be trusted on the rise to the top; AK’s aching chorus evokes the intense desire to remain ignorant to the deterrents discovered along the way in the people and places in life that once felt safe and secure.
With lyrics ‘blessings around me / still feel like I’m sinking,’ AK takes a deep dive into the reality of the rarely touched on emotional side effects that come along with a fast track to success – a track that AK can definitely relate to as he has become quite the chart topper in a mere couple of years since first releasing music.
AK’s series of original singles have garnered the #1 spot on the U.S. iTunes Hip Hop Chart, the U.S. Top 20 iTunes Hip Hop Chart, graced the Top 25 iTunes Charts in four other countries, and landed on YouTube Music’s ‘Flow Superior’ Playlist. With his recent releases “Why Would I?,” “Déjà Vu” and “Like I Got It,” AK has hit a sweet spot of blending Hip Hop and R&B genres that pack the perfect punch of his versatility as an artist in terms of tone, lyrics and vocal range.
While his single “Broken” strikes an emotionally raw chord, with an accompanying music video to match. The single perfectly portrays AK’s masterful vocal ability, carried by a chorus of his raw and emotive vocals. While the dark and dreary music video for “Broken” mirrors the tormented tongue-twister verses and pained falsetto-laced vocals evoked by the feeling of a purely broken heart and the one who broke it. With each music release bigger than the last, it goes to show that AK is the next big thing in Hip Hop.