“Akir, took the stage, I was about ready to call it quits. Akir (which stands for Always Keep It Real) launched straight into his first song, and I was hooked. Though I had never listened to any of his music in my life, I found it hard not to connect with his energetic style and seemingly effortless rhyming ability. His songs were interspersed with spoken word pieces, which further showcased his penchant for rhyme. By the end of his set, I was convinced: There was hip-hop out there that I could actually enjoy.”
"...his musical movement definitely derives from a hustler's mentality... Upon relocating to NYC and releasing his double-packaged, underground sensation Street Edition Vol. 1 & 2, which moved nearly 12,000 units on the street, the credited rapper/producer won the hearts of the 'hood with his intellectual, true-to-life poetry."
"...his commanding performance on "Politricks" (Viper) is the stuff that street disciples are made of. Flowing like a young Mr. Jones over a superb arrangement of strings and hand claps..."