Akira the Don

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Akira the Don
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Background information
Birth nameAdam Narkiewicz
Also known asSplash Thompson, Adam Alphabet, AK Donovan, A Zilla
OriginUK
GenresPop, Hip hop
OccupationsRapper, Producer
Years active2004–2014[1]
LabelsLiving In The Future (2009-2014)
Something In Construction (2004-2009)
Interscope (2005-2006)
Websitewww.akirathedon.com
 
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Akira the Don
Akira The Don.png
Background information
Birth nameAdam Narkiewicz
Also known asSplash Thompson, Adam Alphabet, AK Donovan, A Zilla
OriginUK
GenresPop, Hip hop
OccupationsRapper, Producer
Years active2004–2014[1]
LabelsLiving In The Future (2009-2014)
Something In Construction (2004-2009)
Interscope (2005-2006)
Websitewww.akirathedon.com

Akira the Don (real name Adam Narkiewicz) is an independent British musician. Born in West Bromwich and raised in North Wales, in recent years he has lived in Hackney, East London.[2]

His music and production traverses the boundaries between Pop, Hip-Hop, Indie and Dance. He lists influences including Ice Cube, Adam Ant, Morrissey, Big Bang, Leonard Cohen, Crispy Ambulance and the Wu Tang Clan. His debut album When We Were Young was produced in collaboration with Danny Saber (U2, Black Grape), James Brown (NIN, Ash) and Emile (50 Cent).

In May 2011, he released his second LP, The Life Equation. The album is co-produced with Stephen Hague and features collaborations with Gruff Rhys (of Super Furry Animals) and Envy.[3]

In Mar 2014, Akira released his final LP titled A.T.D.R.I.P..[4] He played his final gig in London on May 19.[1]

Production[edit]

Akira has produced songs for a number of artists including two top forty hits for Lethal Bizzle,[5] along with songs for Newham Generals' Footsie,[6] Big Narstie,[7] Envy,[8] G-Mane, Littles, Marvin The Martian, Issue, and Time.[9]

Akira rapped on and co-produced a remix of a track called "Bang" with Temposhark in 2008 which appeared on an XLR8R magazine covermount CD.[10] Recent credits include a remix of "Great Britain" by dan le sac vs Scroobius Pip with regular collaborator Joey2tits.[11]

Discography[edit]

Release Date[12]TitleRelease TypeAdditional Info
Sep 2004Akira the Don's First EPEP
May 2005AAA EPEP
Oct 2005"Clones" (Featuring Bashy)Single (CD / 7")Samples Alice Cooper's "Clones"
Feb 2006Five and a Half Songs About LoveEP
Sep 2006"Oh! (What a Glorious Thing)" / "Boom (Smash Stuff)"Double A-side singleFeaturing Why Lout?
Nov 2006When We Were YoungAlbumDebut LP
Dec 2006All I Want for Christmas Is You (and World Peace) EPEP
Mar 2007"Hypocrite" (Radio Edit)Single
Jun 2007Stunners 130MixtapeFeaturing Wade Crescent
Feb 2008ThievingMixtape
May 2009The Omega SanctionMixtapeFeaturing Martin Carr
Oct 2009I Am Not Dead (YEAH!)EPFeaturing Gruff Rhys
Nov 2010The Kidnapping of Akira the DonAlbumFeaturing Joey2Tits
April 2011Living in the Future [13]Compilation AlbumTracks picked by fans.
16 May 2011The Life EquationAlbumCo-produced and mixed by Stephen Hague.[3]
11 Sep 2011"Babydoll"SingleFeaturing Chilly Gonzales on the Remix
19 Dec 2011Saturnalia Superman: Akira the Don Salutes the Majesty of ChristmasAlbumRevised edition released 17 Dec 2012
18 Feb 2013"One More Pope to Go"Single
24 Jun 2013"Games for the Thrones"SingleFeaturing Newham Generals' Footsie and Big Narstie
10 Jul 2013"Ballistic"SingleFeaturing Darick Robertson on guitar. The official theme song for Darick Robertson and Adam Egypt Mortimer's comic Ballistic [14]
4 Mar 2014"Rain in England"Single
11 Mar 2014A.T.D.R.I.P.Album

Guest Appearances[edit]

YearTitleArtist(s)Album
2005"All The Wrong Places"MothboyThe Fears
2006"Jerusalem"BravecaptainDistractions
"I Can See Cities"MothboyDeviance
"Down"Mothboy, Jeres, The Son Of King Rebel, & Soraya Mir
"Oh! (What A Glorious Thing)"My Super Ex-Girlfriend (Soundtrack)
"Oh! (What A Glorious Thing)"In The Hands Of The Gods (Soundtrack)
2007"Diamonds"Big NarstieHey It's That Fat Guy!
"Still"
2010"Great Britain (Akira the Don Vs Joey2Tits Remix)"Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius PipGreat Britain / Sick Tonight EP[15]
"Johnny Nemo"MothboyBunny[16]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b http://akirathedon.com/blog/akirathedonlately/
  2. ^ Christmas In Hackney, akirathedon.com
  3. ^ a b "THE LIFE EQUATION". Akira The Don. Retrieved 16 May 2011. 
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ Lethal Bizzle - Back to Bizznizz | Akira the Don
  6. ^ Footsie - End Of The Road
  7. ^ [2]
  8. ^ [3]
  9. ^ [4]
  10. ^ Bang (Akira the Don Remix) | XLR8R
  11. ^ [5]
  12. ^ Music Archives | Akira the Don
  13. ^ "Living In The Future: Preorder Now!". 
  14. ^ [6]
  15. ^ Sick Tonight / Great Britain EP out now!
  16. ^ Mothboy - Johnny Nemo | Akira the Don