Since time immemorial, music has always had a huge impact on people’s lives. Some consider the craft as their safe haven, while others treat it as an outlet for their creative vision and self-expression. For media host Hakeem Rowe, an up-and-coming powerhouse in the music industry, it is both.
Born and raised in Clarendon, Jamaica, Hakeem Rowe eventually moved to New Jersey by the time he turned nine. At twenty years old, the artist decided to take his visions and goals to the next level and begin a new chapter in his life. Heavily emboldened by his burning desire to pursue his dreams of creating music, he bought a one-way ticket to California with only two hundred dollars in my pockets.
Currently, Hakeem Rowe is based in Los Angeles, California. In an interview, he talked about his humble beginnings and how his then-budding career blossomed into what it is today. “Originally, I didn’t want to pursue a career in media. I moved to LA to make music. I met Adam22 while working at the Official Hat Store on Melrose, which was next door to No Jumper,” the artist said. “I’ve always been a funny guy, and Adam recognized that in me and put me on his No Jumper podcast. I was on his podcast for three years, and then I left and continued hosting for Our Generation Music,” he added.
Aside from his early days as an artist, Hakeem Rowe also talked about some of his influences and inspirations when it comes to his creative process. According to him, his upbringing played a huge role in molding who he is and in defining his career today. “Jamaica touches so much culture that is loved,” he shared. “Jamaicans are naturally funny, charming, outgoing, and hardworking. There’s a joke that Jamaicans have like five jobs, which is what I’m on right now,” he further explained.
Besides his Jamaican roots, Hakeem Rowe also attributes his music style to the suburbs on the East Coast. After moving to New Jersey at a young age, he was able to understand how things worked in the area. He then got a glimpse of a different side of life that allowed him to create some of his greatest hits.
When he is not busy sending waves in the music arena by creating songs and producing beats, Hakeem Rowe fuels his creative flow by skateboarding and playing basketball. As someone who considers himself active, he also used to play football in high school and was an all-state linebacker.
Although the music industry is already saturated with talented musicians and brilliant artists, Hakeem Rowe still succeeded in making his mark and showing the world what he is made of. As a tastemaker, he is able to introduce fresh music and inspire aspirants from all walks of life. “People are constantly surprised when people find out what I know or like,” he stated.
In the coming years, Hakeem Rowe looks forward to being back at hosting Rolling Loud in New York. On top of that, he also intends to spend more time producing and getting into A&R. As a matter of fact, he recently had two song placements that he produced and came out on Dro Fe’s album Norco 3.
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