aki-la is a Japanese urban rapper/singer on Sony Music Japan.
aki-la began performing at metropolitan club events at the age of 15. It was at one of these events that she met LIKA, a producer at an indies record label in Los Angeles that was temporarily in Japan. She was signed with the label, CORNER RECORDS, and subsequently relocated to Los Angeles for her career. LIKA wanted aki-la's music to be the current "gangsta rap style" without overdoing it, and rapper Ice T (along with friends) was brought in as the brains of the production. aki-la began to learn about African-American culture in Los Angeles; her goal being to cross the wall of difference. In doing so, she gained new friends, support, and began to make her first disc.
- [2003.09.10] Living On My Rough Street