AKA SUGA cut her teeth as the resident DJ for the legendary GK Thursday night jam session The Lesson at Arlene's grocery. She gained a loyal following as a DJ but continued to sharpen her skills as a producer. Her quirky beats and distinctive style made her stand out amongst her peers and eventually led to her first full length album No Label to be released later this year.
"I was always trying to get mc's to rap over my beats but it became a long waiting game and I wasn't getting anywhere so i decided to go for it on my own. I was already creating beats i just had to get the confidence to write my own material"
she'd been experimenting with hip hop driven rnb when she made her first E.P Suga Suite but it was on the Suga Rush E.P that she formed her distinct style. "The Hardest was the track that showed me how I wanted to present myself moving forward. My knowledge of beats. My confidence as a producer and the fun I had from rapping on the mic, I knew there was no turning back.
My perspective as a vinyl collector, DJ, beat maker, singer and MC is different to a lot of females in the game, throw in the fact that I'm Japanese and you have something that's totally against the grain."
Since the release of her Suga Rush E.P her music has been licensed by NBC , Fila (for their Joyrich campaign) and Converse.
AKA SUGA continues to DJ in and around NY as well as doing multiple dates around the world in cities as diverse as London, Tokyo, Barcelona and Rio De Janeiro. She made her mark at The Lesson spinning hip hop and breakbeats but moving on from that residency has allowed her to indulge in all the genres of music that inspire her, from Latin to Reggae to Dance, you might even find the odd Bollywood or Iranian psychedelic track thrown in for good measure. You just never know.