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AK Swift

AK Swift   (USA)

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Added : 24/01/2000
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Light In Me
In The Game
The Professionnal
It's On
Do U Wanna Die
You Know The Names
Here We Come
Pussycat
I Growl (Step Back)
Good Times
Oh No
Bust-A-Groove
Underground Prophet
Rugged Discipline
Hip-Hop Hurra Rap Gegen Rechts
Evolution Of A Mindflow
For Your Love
It's A Love Thing
In The Middle Of The Night
It's A Love Thing
Omen III
Give Me All Your Love
Omen... The Story Continues
In The Middle Of The Night
Fire
Party Boom
You Spin Me Round
One Nation
Sunburn
Stigmata (Of Love)
365 Grind
Still...
Whassup!!
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Latest AK Swift news

20/04/2017 : AK Swift teamed with Lorenza Maluku to create new dance project M.A. (Mystic Arts). Their first song will be entitled Bite The Bullet and it is planned for 2017 under Dmn Records. (Thanks to Krasi)

18/02/2016 : AK Swift is back with a new single featuring Peabo and entitled Reigning Day, planned for March 2016. An EP should follow in May 2016. He is also producing a new dance act together with producer Bernd Waldstädt (Thanks to Krasi)

26/11/2012 : AK Swift announced on his official Facebook that an album entitled Chronicles Of A Ghettoninja was planned for 2013.

19/10/2012 : AK Swift's son, Sharif Blaqsoul, just released his first single, a self-written hip-hop song entitled I Never Thought.

13/10/2010 : AK Swift's track Do what I wanna do, was included on the compilation Septass - Hoodlookgood Light Edition (named after Open Air Hip Hop Festival in Aarau). The compilation is available on iTunes. AK (along with Omega Red) was also featured on a new track from Psycomatic entitled My Position. (Thanks to Tavi Meran)

07/10/2010 : AK Swift will release the single (The World Is) Hard & Cold with eurorap project Legends & Diamonds. (Thanks to Tavi Meran)

04/07/2010 : AK Swift contributed to Gs Up's new single, a hip-hop collaboration with MCBee, Harv Dent and Gravy Mavis. It should be out in September.

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AK Swift albums

13 13 (never released) 2004

 

AK Swift singles

Light In Me Light In Me 14th Apr 1997  
In The Game In The Game 18th Aug 1997  
The Professionnal The Professionnal Aug 1998  
It's On It's On (with Mazaya) 4th Oct 1999  
Do U Wanna Die Do U Wanna Die May 2000  
You Know The Names You Know The Names (vs BBL Allstars) 5th Mar 2001  
Here We Come Here We Come (Feat. Frankfurt Galaxy) 16th Jun 2003  
Pussycat Pussycat 2004  
I Growl (Step Back) I Growl (Step Back) (never released) 2005  

 

Featurings and collaborations

Good Times Blaxone - Good Times  
Oh No Big 6 - Oh No  
Bust-A-Groove Playstations - Bust-A-Groove  
Underground Prophet True Minds - Underground Prophet 1991  
Rugged Discipline Cella Dwellas - Rugged Discipline 1993  
Hip-Hop Hurra Rap Gegen Rechts Cella Dwellas - Hip-Hop Hurra Rap Gegen Rechts 1993  
Evolution Of A Mindflow Jazz Con Bazz - Evolution Of A Mindflow 1993  
For Your Love MBO - For Your Love 1994  
It's A Love Thing The Club - It's A Love Thing 1994  
In The Middle Of The Night Magic Affair - In The Middle Of The Night 1994  
It's A Love Thing The Club - It's A Love Thing 1994  
Omen III Magic Affair - Omen III 14th Jan 1994  
Give Me All Your Love Magic Affair - Give Me All Your Love May 1994  
Omen... The Story Continues Magic Affair - Omen... The Story Continues (album) 16th May 1994  
In The Middle Of The Night Magic Affair - In The Middle Of The Night 16th Jul 1994  
Fire Magic Affair - Fire 29th Oct 1994  
Party Boom Toni Cottura - Party Boom 12th Feb 1997  
You Spin Me Round Cloud 9 - You Spin Me Round 1999  
One Nation Simon Collins - One Nation 2005  
Sunburn Simon Collins - Sunburn 2005  
Stigmata (Of Love) Magic Affair - Stigmata (Of Love) 21st Oct 2008  
365 Grind Struggle da Preacher, Young Noble - 365 Grind 15th Jun 2014  
Still... Struggle da Preacher - Still... 3rd Apr 2015  

Songwriting

It's A Love Thing The Club - It's A Love Thing 1994  
Omen III Magic Affair - Omen III 14th Jan 1994  
In The Middle Of The Night Magic Affair - In The Middle Of The Night 16th Jul 1994  

Aliases - Records released under other names

Whassup!! AK the Panther - Whassup!! 2001  

 



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AK Swift biography

Burnell Keith Herring JR was born on 15th of July 1969 in Chicago. His father Burnell Keith Herring Sr was working in the army so they travelled a lot. His mother is called Cornelia. She spent the second half of his childhood in Arkansas, then, as AK was 13 years old, his family moved to Frankfurt. At the age of 15, he began to dance. He also learned viola, violin, cello, and contra bass, and also got involved in his school's Concert Orchestra. Then he was promoted to the Symphony Orchestra within six months, which got him 1st and 2nd chair honors, and participated in three state competition's.

His first pseudonym was BK, but people called him 'Burger King' or 'British Knights' so he changed the first letter and added 'Swift' because it sounded good. Another explanation of his name can be found on his official website : an acronym meaning Asiatic Knowledge Swinging With Incredible Force Totally.

In 1983 (years after his introduction to the hip-hop culture) AK got involved with a Frankfurt based breakdance group called Floor Masters, learned the art of DJing, and continued to perfect his rapping and writing skills.

Back in the US, he entered the army but he did not stay very long because he could not stand the officers' racism and absurd disciplin. In 1990 he left the army and works as a DJ and a break-dancer. Then came 2 years of misery : he divorced from his wife, lost his job and becam homeless. He has a son also called AK, who lives with his mother in Germany.

After coming a long way, he began a score of releases, beginning with Underground Prophet, under the name of True Minds feat. B.K. Swift in 1991. Then he took part to the Cella Dwellas group as rapper and co-producer in 1993. From this collaboration, 2 singles were released : Rugged Discipline and Hip-Hop Hurra Rap Gegen Rechts. Still in 1993, his voice was featured by Jazz Con Bazz for the track Evolution Of A Mindflow.

Then AK was noticed by the producer Mike Staab, and became Magic Affair's rapper between 1994 and February 1995. The first time he saw Franca Morgano his partner, he found her so tiny (AK is 1,83 m tall), but was very impressed by the force of her voice. The cohabitation between the 2 members of the group was not always easy : AK was shocked by the way Franca was dressed on the scene, and he found her too nervous. They argued so much that AK left the band, but the rapper who replaced him didn't fit so finally he came back.

In 1996, after he was finally fired from Magic Affair, AK released a single Shake That Ass with the group C-Block.

Then he released with Franca Morgano a cover of Chic's song Good Times under the name of Blaxone. He signed under the Booya Records label and did a rap on Toni Cottura's Party Boom single, after that he had hits with his own project A.K. S.W.I.F.T. In spite of irregular success, AK kept on releasing singles. After Light In Me, he released In The Game. The song featured Will Williams, it was composed and produced by Bülent Aris, Tony Cottura and co-produced by Daisy Dee. The video was shot in Miami, and reached Top 40. AK also did a debut in Germany's hit movie 14 tage lebenslanglich.

A.K also participated in the charitable Big Basketball Challenge with stars like Backstreet Boys, N'Sync, DJ Bobo, Masterboy, and Nana. Which all of the proceeds went to a cancer research fund for children, the event was organised by Hand-in-Hand concept. Due to differences between AK and Booya-Music, AK decided to go his seperate way.

Later in 1997 AK produced a Breakbeat track for the inline skater Dirk Auer to celebrate his World Record. The song was called Pick Up The Speed , the project name was Inline featuring rapper Mad Flava.

In 1998 AK teamed up with Rico Sparx, Alley Cat, and Greg MCcoy, the result was entitled The Professionnal (featuring Will Williams, Leidra Jones and Kosta Wilson as vocalists). He also recorded So In Love With You which was never released. He did a guest rap appearance on Playstations' single Bust-A-Groove, and was featured by Cloud 9 on the single You Spin Me Round.

In 1999 AK came back to Booya and recorded the track It's On (with Mazaya feat. Craig Smart), which reached # 75 on the German charts. Then a track called Do U Wanna Die was scheduled to be released in mid-May 2000.

2001 : AK has signed a deal with In-Motion AG record label Bookmark and released You Know The Names vs. s.Oliver BBL Allstars (Basketball Bundesliga) on March 5, 2001. This song is the official Hymn for the Basketball Bundesliga. His first album was planned for the Autumn 2001 but it was never released.

2003 : A.K.did a comeback in June, with the single Here We Come, that he co-produced with Paul Schulte. This track was released under Bellaphon Records, for the European NFL team Frankfurt Galaxy (who became World Bowl Champions shortly afterwards), featuring raps from A.K and team member Calvin Spears, with support vocals from Preshuz T, Chris Pointer and The Galaxy Cheerleaders. AK also appeared on the track Who's Next Large's debut album Larger Than Life, the song Oh No from the German rapper Big 6 debut album, and two songs on Simon Collins (Phil Collins' son) album.

2004 : in the beginning of the year, AK created his own label, called Hoodkatz. He started working with his former collaborators Danny Sullivan and Martin Prodwhiz again. The result of their efforts was the single Pussycat, released during the summer. The solo album should be soon released and the name is going to be 13.

May 29th, A.K. performed in Saarbrücken with the group Large for the discotheque Kufa birthday party. October 29th, he performed his soon to be released single I Growl (Step Back) with his new DJ "Deviate" at the discotheque Nachtsicht in Heidelberg. It is not clear wether the single was finally released or not.

AK'd rather be considered as a poet than a rapper. He likes basketball, body-building and football. Is also a big movie fan with over 1000 movies in his private collection. He sends money each month to his family who stayed in the US. He describes himself as a complicated man. He usually wears sneakers and clothes designed by Karl Kani (an American streetwear designer). He likes chinese food. His favourite artists are Harrison Ford and Arnold Schwarzenegger. He hates George Bush. He listens to many hard-rock groups. He has a son called Anthony Joshua.

AK's future plans are to produce other artists, and to become an actor.

2005 : AK Swift and DJ Deviate formed a team called the Trak Predatorz, DJing in the disco Funkadelik in Frankfurt one Wednesday and one Friday a month.

2007 : AK produced and performed 2 songs : the single I Growl (Step Back), featuring Iz, and the single I Wanna Pusssycat featuring My Linh, for the German movie Madonnas (aka "Madonnen"). He toured with Ayman, and the Eastside Famlee, in Dormagen (Germany).

2008 : Magic Affair got back together and released a remix of Omen III under label Balloon Records in Austria, and did a tour there to promote it. AK also started his commercial acting debut for Lindy Electronics (a new cable company), and Avia (Fuel resource), unfortunately he had no spoken parts.

2009 : AK and Franca were asked to perform at the RTL Ultimative Chartshow in Köln (Germany). While working on the new Magic Affair album, AK is also producing his A.K.-S.W.I.F.T. album titled Chronicles of a Ghetto Ninja. He is als the chairman of his own productions KNIGHTZ INC., producing artists in many styles such as Hip-Hop, R&B, Pop, Latino, and House.

2014 : AK teamed with Struggle da Preacher and Young Noble to release single 365 Grind

2015 : he released a second hip hop single with Struggle da Preacher entitled Still...

2016 : AK Swift announced that he was back with a new single called Reigning Day, planned for March and featuring Peabo, but it seems that it was finally not released. An EP should have followed in May 2016. He is also producing a new dance act together with producer Bernd Waldstädt. He appeared in a few small roles in a couple of independent films. He also became a columnist for Mittelpunkt-Zeitung, interviewing music artists for his column Rise of the 90’s

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AK Swift biography was last updated Sat, February 4th 2017

Charts (singles)

Germany
It's On #75

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