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New York City

NAKIM is an artist from New York City. He is managed by Saint Louis, who we have previously profiled in The Manifesto.

How did you meet Saint?
We met through mutual friends, from hanging out in the downtown area of New York City. Really out here reppin’.

What is your morning ritual?
On a normal morning, I wake up at around ten or eleven, eat some food, smoke a spliff and listen to beats.

Why New York?
It’s where I was born and it’s the best city on earth.

What is your hustle?
Making music and influencing the youth and exposing them to different opportunities.

What topic do you love to debate or discuss?
All I like to discuss is money. How to make it, how to enjoy it and what i can do with it to make a difference in the lives of my friends and family.

What did you learn the hard way?
The lesson I had to learn the hard way was jail! I should have taken their word for it.

What advice would you give yourself 12 months ago?
To learn to execute. No matter how good the idea is it’s all in the execution.

Your greatest achievement so far?
My son saying that I'm the best dad in the whole world, I’m sure all kids tell their dads that but it warms me every time.

What music do you listen to at home?
When i’m zoning alone i listen to Jeezy (Thug Motivation 101, 102) Drake, Tip (everything before Ti vs Tip), A.Chal and a bit of  Frankie Beverly.

If you could provoke change in any area of the music business, what would it be?
True artist development, this actually ought to be put back into play!

Tell me about an ambition or aspiration that you are still heading towards?
I'm still working towards becoming financially free, so that I can make ignorant purchases like building a castle in Harlem!

If you could go for a beer - with anyone whom you have yet to encounter, who would it be?
I’d like to have one with Chris Bosh, so that I can ask him how he feels about all those Instagram pictures.

In your life right now, what is one thing that baffles you?
I’m always baffled by folks who would rather complain then change their circumstances.

Describe which are your favourite shoes from your wardrobe?
Hands down they are John Varvatos Chuck Taylors, in all exotic textures


Photography by Isaac Rosenthal

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