Most of my personal favorite artists took a long time to make their lasting impressions on my musical perspective. But then there are some musicians where it was love at first sight … or first listen. For this week’s “Monday Blues Artist Spotlight,” I’m excited to introduce you to a young rapper that ascribes to that latter group. Meet A-F-R-O: a 17 year old rapper from Bellflower, California, and the next big thing in hip-hop.
A-F-R-O was first discovered by the underground legend, R.A. the Rugged Man, and was immediately chauffeured by R.A. to DJ Premier’s studio in New York City. Premier listened to this young rapper’s mixtape and was immediately blown away not only by his flow, but also his incredibly vast vocabulary. As we speak, A-F-R-O is working on his debut album with none other than DJ Premier himself. Needless to say, that early accolade speaks volumes in the world of hip-hop. Now when I first watched this video below, I didn’t really know what to expect. After the six minute video introduction produced by Honda, however, I was hooked. So enjoy, tell your friends, and show this young gunner some love by following him on Twitter or by downloading his mixtape, 2013.