Hip-Hop, Rap, R&B
From: Frankford, DE, United States

About Artist

      Marcus Handy ( born July 29th 1986 ), better known by his stage name A1 The Akademik is an American Hip Hop Artist, music producer, creative mind behind Black Hawk Media Group, and a member in the  hip hop group, The Masters Of The Universe. Hailing From Frankford Delaware, He took to music at a very young age. Participating heavily in Church choirs. Self taught on the guitar, drums and keyboard, hes been completely surrounded by music his entire life.

     He attended Indian River High School and formed a band called Hard To Come By with fellow students, Nate Kortvelesy, Tyler Elliott and Nathan Nasteff.  The band played many shows in the Sussex county area and garnished a dedicated following. Like most high school bands the fun was relatively short lived.  Marcus decided to continue making music but switch his attention to hip hop instead. Teaming with high school friend Jerry Hartsell The Masters Of The Universe ( M.O.T.U for short ) and Black Hawk Media Group was formed in the Early months of 2006, with Marcus taking the stage name A1 The Akademik and Jerry taking the name Felony. With Years of music writing  and performing under his belt, the duo quickly produced an entire albums worth of material dubbed 9mm. Although never released the album became the stepping stone to many things to come.

In early 2007 A1 The Akademik recorded his first solo debut  The Missing Link. Driven by smooth feel good melodies combined with harsh tales of street life, A1 The Akademik offered up something for everybody. Proving he was The Missing Link between the Hardcore and Lyrical aspects of a genre over populated with dumbed down dance tracks. The album featured guest appearances not only by Felony but also fellow emcees Prozak Fx and Cryses of Dirty Town Inc. After much collaborating the four chose to become one by combining lyrical minds to form the current M.O.T.U roster. After the addition of middle school Friend Marc Hayden as Dj Rob-n-Steal the line up was complete and the 5 Masters Of The Universe Recorded the Debut Album  Alien Army.  The group established a local fan base that not only loved the music but spread the word of the Lion mic emcees.

With the release of his second solo Album  The Art Of Aggression,  A1 The Akademik took  the name of Cobra Commander Producing the majority of the  tracks on the album. With an ear for classical music his compositions will not only leave your head bobbing but also inspire. With Hits  Yesss Anthem, So Wonderful, My Way and Classic Legendary its destined to be a favorite of any true Hip Hop Fan

Copyright 2010 Black Hawk Media Group/Dirty Town Inc Studios

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