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Skarr Akbar

Raised by a single mother with three children, Skarr Akbar witnessed the poverty stricken neighborhoods and learned early that if he remained in a stagnated situation it would cripple his growth which left him struggling with what would be his “out.” That answer came to him at the age of 10, and since then Akbar has poured his frustrations into writing and rhyming. In 1998, his fortitude paid off when he had a chance encounter to battle members of the Queens, New York hip-hop group Onyx. His winning skills landed him a gig as an opening act on Def Jam’s Survival of the Illest Tour with Onyx, DMX, Ja Rule, Cormega and the Def Squad. However, Skarr didn’t leave this accomplishment as a moment that he had arrived, but instead continued pushing his music without compromising his integrity for a fickle chance at fame. Since 2009’s Ventilation, a part-song series of tracks about his life, family, relationships and haters, has been followed by loyal listeners since it’s initial release. Recently, Akbar released his feelings from a bottled jar with track “Conspiracy Theory,” which revealed just why the industry needs him.

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