Updated: Jan 5
Ahjee Parker is a self-named electrifying force of energy blasting through the soundwaves of Atlanta, GA. He is one of the OG gems of ARTLMUSIC and he continues to provide euphoric energies to listeners all over.
Ahjee is an artist who shown growth and diversity in his music career. I am one of the few who have gotten to witness this journey, and I wanted to help him share it with the world. Allow me to introduce this artist.
How long have you been doing music, and how has music influenced your life?
“I started writing raps in high school, ciphering at lunch tables with my friends and stuff like that,” Ahjee began, “but I really didn’t start regularly recording music until around 2015-2016, the summer before senior year. We would just do nothing but sleepover Creezed’s house and just record music at the SafeHouse— that’s what we called his crib— and that’s where pretty much all of us started finding our niches as artists or at least having an idea of the type of sound we were looking to procreate.”
Who or what inspires you? If you inspire yourself, explain why.
“I’m inspired by artists in general. I know it’s vague, but anyone with a willingness to create and make an idea that has been brewing within their frame of mind, then bringing it to life inspires me.” Ahjee continues to explain. “Whether you invent, design, architect, paint, write, sing, rap, make beats, all of that is inspiring to me. I’m inspired by the youth. Young creatives are who I surround myself with— my peers keep me motivated. There’s such a new millennial renaissance going on right now, not only in Atlanta but even internationally. Performing arts and the desire to listen and create new music is at an all-time high. Some artists that inspire me are FKA Twigs, Kanye West, M.I.A, Jean Michel Basquiat, Walt Disney, the two founders behind Phillipe Patek, Alexander McQueen, Virgil Abloh, MikeWill, Pharell, Pusha T, and Salvatore Ferragamo to name a few. Oh, and I really love Beyoncé. She’s been inspiring me lately for sure.”
What kinds of things do you consider when creating something new?
“The sound.” I thought that was a beautiful and simple answer. “Whenever I’m writing and coming up with a flow of melody, I try to make it sound as innovative as possible. I’m all about transcending. Hip-Hop is in the best state that it’s ever been in economically, and with so many subgenres and a new generation of creatives with vivid imaginations desiring to be as creative with their words as possible, it can sometimes be a challenge trying to find that new flow, cadence, or record that’s true to you, but that still sounds new. I definitely take into consideration how my intended audience gravitates toward certain types of songs or sounds and I usually try to hone in on that. I’m all about new sounds and innovating the culture for sure, even if it just means trying a new flow or getting my engineer to mix my adlibs a certain type of way, it definitely takes a lot of paying attention to detail.”
Ahjee Parker recently released an EP titled “I’m Loaded Up In Nu' York!” that definitely demonstrates all that he explained above. Click on the image below to stream it and discover his sound.
Who is your team? Describe it for me: the love you have, the history you have created, etc.
“SafeHouse Music Group. We all met in high school. One of my best friends starting getting into learning how to record audio on this makeshift laptop on FL Studio, or something like that. This was around 2015. All of us already used to listen to music constantly, write raps, rap to each other in the hallways and stuff like that.”
SAFEHOUSE includes other unique artists and creatives such as Noviiimber, ZAY DREAMER, MaliPutYouOn, Carlo Emoticon, JC Hardy, Levi Tha Gawd, and Stormy. To keep up with this amazing collective, follow their official Instagram account.
“At first it just started as an outlet for us.” He continued. “Two years later, we turned into one of the most promising undiscovered hip-hop groups in all of Metro Atlanta. We have one of the highest-quality sounds, produce a ton of content from cinematography and film to photography and music production, audio engineering, all of that, It’s insane to think about how we started with nothing, and I just kinda smile when I think about looking back at all the content we’re responsible for. We’re just getting started though! Also, I curated a group of young promising producers from all over the world! They’re so talented they have the potential to be like the next 808Mafia or some shit— we call it BangersOnly! So, if you ever hear any music from me, my guys are responsible for handling the production for sure.”
Since we’re are in the conversation about your music being recorded, what is the energy like in the studio?
“It’s always a vibe! Usually, we’ll all be in there just bouncing off each other’s ideas. It’s something we take seriously, so no games are played— we just lock in for sure. I know what it takes. It becomes second nature. If I leave the ‘yo without feeling like I recorded a track I can constantly listen to, then I played myself. It’s definitely a process, but like anything, the more comfortable you become with your style of doing something, the more it becomes a habit. We always try to keep the energy high. A lot of water! (laughs).”
What is your creative thought process?
“Sometimes I come up with concepts the same day I hear a new record or a new beat, and I just break the structure of the song down. It’s not really a lot of writing. It’s more about how I want to relay my message into a specific sound that can also transcend the thesis I want to present to my audience. A lot of my music stands for something and is a direct representation of me, my style, my individuality, and my story. I just try to keep my creative process as organic as possible.”
Who would you like to work with in the future?
“Locally, an underground artist I want to work with within Atlanta is Cam the Artisan. That’s my guy. Anytime I see an artist taking their sound as seriously as I do, it motivates me to stay on top of my game. I just came in contact with this 17-year-old artist residing in Paris, her name is Lean Chihiro! She’s fucking dope. We’re talking about some records right now. I’m working on an album, so all the people I really want to work with, I’m reaching out to them. She’s doing really well on SoundCloud and YouTube for sure, she’s one of my favorite artists out right now.
On like larger scale, I would love to work with any artist that has ever inspired me. Kanye, Thug, FKA Twigs, MIA, Denzel Curry, Uzi, Chance, Allan Kingdom, etc. Ski Mask is insane, there’s a ton of artists I’m enjoying right now.”
What is your favorite track that you’ve worked on?
“Right now, my favorite song right now is “‘N NuYork”, featured on my first EP, “I’m Loaded Up, ‘N NuYork!” I told you guys it was good.
The song was produced by my guy Hunter X With The Heat. It’s really a super energetic outlook going into depth with the stigma and idea of New York being this city that never sleeps, as the Mecca of streetwear and shit like that. It’s really an insane record. It has that Playboi Carti / Lil Uzi Vert type vibe for sure.”
What do you want people to remember about Ahjee Parker?
“I want the youth to remember me as someone who constantly pushed boundaries for sound and who vouched for innovation and new energy being adequately presented to our culture. I want to be remembered as someone who pushed for new sounds, new visions, new ideas, and innovation that no one really brought to the game before, for sure. Put Southern California on the map, redefined the music scene in Atlanta’s underground while just keeping everything organic, y’know? Everything I do is just based on ideas.”
I have watched Ahjee develop and change his sound for a few years now, and with every idea that he has put forth, he never ceased to amaze me. He has such a wondrous and uncontrolled mind, yet he still figures out a way to make sense of everything. I wish I had a sense of control of my thoughts like he has.
To wrap this up altogether, and in the mix of my inspired emotions, what should we expect from you in the future?
“An album!” Ahjee exclaimed. “It’s executively produced by myself and my guys over in BangersOnly. New music videos, singles, all of that— just a ton of new content. After I release this first full-length EP, I’ll just chill for a bit and maybe try to find MGMT, promote and just try to learn how to better market myself, my brand, and my team. My music video for this song I wrote called ‘Simple Man’ should be released within the next few days. I’m on every streaming service and social media as Ahjee Parker, SoundCloud, Apple Music, Spotify, Instagram, and all that.”
Don’t forget to stream his newest EP, “I’m Loaded Up In Nu’ York!”