SmartBlackKid is the brainchild of multi-talented artist, Hakhi Alakhun. In 2001, Hakhi became serious about his music career by forming the band, Synai. The band put out an EP entitled, As IS which earned nice reviews but the band split in 2003. Hakhi moved to Philadelphia to start a short lived band called DreadRock. He moved back to NYC in 2006 and became the lead guitar player for hip hop bands including, Bullyfoot Massive (2007-09), and The Lo Frequency (2008-12). From these experiences, he has played in many venues in New York: Bowery Ballroom, Crash Mansion, Dizzy's at Lincoln Center, Drom, Sputnik, SouthPaw, Sullivan Hall, The Studio at Webster Hall, United Nations General Assembly, Philadelphia: World Cafe Live, Pittsburgh: August Wilson Performing Arts Center and Internationally: (Al Mandaloun, and Club Mojo in Beirut, Lebanon, Cultural Center in Manama, Bahrain, Cultural Center in San Pedro Sulo, Honduras). Hakhi started SmartBlackKid in 2008.
Hakhi released 10 albums in 2012 in a monthly series. This began in April with his first solo release, Change Reaction, in April followed by Zero G in May, Growth and Change in June, Rx Mercury in July, Labyrinths Within in August, The Lost City of New York in September, In A Vortex in October, the first hip hop album in this series, Habibi Jones in November and The United States of Light in December and finally, Paradigms of Otherness and Dimensions Tomorrow, the 10th album. The range of Hakhi's sound spans from hard rock, punk rock, classic rock to hip hop, funk, r&b, to experimental ambient trip hop. After many years of lending his talents in support of other artists, he decided to finally release all the music he's recorded since 2001 in Harlem, Philadelphia, and Brooklyn.
Originally from Buffalo, NY, SmartBlackKid is the moniker that keeps Hakhi in tune with his inner child while focusing on what he calls the four pillars of SBK: Intelligence, Inspiration, Motivation and Passion. While jumping from a raw rock sound, to pop music, to funky soul to hip hop, Hakhi uses these four pillars to build meaning in his music regardless of the genre.
In the Summer of 2015, he will release The Best of SmartBlackKid Vol 1. to give new fans a chance to catch up to this from this prolific and highly productive artist.