Aki Kharmicel (aka Kennuf Akbar, Akbar Sun, etc.) is the definition of a true artist. His music is raw, unfiltered and uncompromising. His voice, rhyme patterns and beats sound like nobody else. He brings his MPC with him wherever he travels and leaves it plugged in and turned on whenever he’s at home. Aki’s first release came in ’97, a tape called Saleems Self Cypher, and a plethora of albums followed, under several different monikers and covering a wide range of styles and subject matter. I was fortunate enough to get to speak with the San Diego emcee/producer about his early years, spirituality, racism, the rap scene in Diego, and a few of his many releases, as well as his plans for the future.