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AF the King - Torture Taught Ya
Asha Records
By Amanda Jackson (Associate Writer)
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2001-04-12
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Artist: AF the KING
Title: Torture Taught Ya
Label: Asha Records (www.asharecords.com)

AF the KING is the perfect example of the evolution of an artist. You have to know the history behind AF the King before you can comment on the music. You wouldn't want to put him in the same category with the fad of rap stars rising ever so quickly. This brother has history and substance; which are hard to find in the same sentence.

Known as AF the KING, a.k.a. Africa became serious about music while attending the Fashion Institute of Technology and earned his own radio show at the college's station. After honing his skills, the rapper rocked mics with his socially conscious skills. The school's station format peaked his interest in artists such as U2 and Depeche Mode.

His love for instrumental jazz and original bass lines are heard throughout his songs. His hard work and evolving style has earned him a steady following in the New York live circuit, and working with multi-platinum engineers / producers Roey Shamir and Angela Piva (INFX Productions) has elevated the artist to a higher plateau. This diversity can be heard on his new release, Torture Taught Ya, on Asha Records.

The track, "Autumn N.Y.," is a favorite with smoothed out vocals, a funky bassline and jazz inspired music arrangement. "Still Get Down" and "Lovely" custom fit hip-hop, r&b, jazz, djs and rock fans like a tailor made suit. How many people do you know can satisfy that range of diversity with one project? AF the King. Enough said.


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