AKBAR is a rapper and R&B artist from Columbus, Ohio. With a conscious rap style and layered lyrical depth, AKBAR’s sound promotes positive messages of self-love and self- worth. This year, he’s set to release a number of new projects including the singles ‘YRBG’ (an acronym for ‘Young Righteous Black Girl’) and ‘Letters to Berlin’, plus his exciting new hip-hop EP, ’Born King’.
Originally an all-city and district high school football star, AKBAR turned down a potential football career to pursue his engineering studies, before later dropping out of college to start making music.
He was quickly signed to indie label Super Nova by R&B legend Karyn White, who was blown away by a series of demos he’d produced using only his laptop and cellphone.
AKBAR first began rapping as a little boy — his sisters would tease him because he had a speech impediment. Looking back, the emerging hip-hop star realizes that all the obstacles and experiences he faced were leading him on a deeper path to greatness.
His newest song is called YRGB (Young Righteous Black Girl) and it is an amazing song that combines impressive production with some vocal effects that give the song its own feel. song’s video is a beautiful affirmation of love and respect for the black women throughout the world, especially in a time where young black women are often glorified for their sexuality as oppose to their minds. This song is a great example of continuing to fight for the black lives matter movement. Check out the video below.
When D.C. venues were ready to reopen after COVID-19, indie pop duo GLOSSER was ready to perform. The two, Riley Fanning and Corbin Sheehan, formed the band pre-COVID out of a shared aesthetic vision and passion for music storytelling.
Their first album *DOWNER* was released in January 2023, however they have decided to release a [__deluxe version__](https://open.spotify.com/album/0KLORhtj3ohV4FtbdjoKu5?si=iNZX9fiZSm2M6V8pRdBkow) exactly one year later containing four new tracks – two remixes, a reimagined song, and a cover – that they are hoping will give it a second life and allow them to continue performing around the area.
The band explains that they have spent many shows opening for touring bands that traveled through D.C. “We made music and then venues started to open again,” Sheehan says. Rather than having the “typical grungy” D.C. band experience, they uniquely went straight to club shows.