A young immigrant child in Orlando,
I came to the Far West from the Persian Gulf,,
To the Gulf from the Levant,
and to the Levant from the highlands of Armenia.
Now, here I am,
In the strong hold of modern imperium, America,
Seeking my own freedom,
from the dual extremes of ignorance,
and the societal pressure against solitude.
Music, art and philosophy are my realms of expression,
I offer excellence to you,
and pray for justice.
It’s here!!!!! I present you my album: “Checks & Balances”.
via SoundCloud & Citrus Rap.
I want you all to know, that the little things you do, just to express support…that is the fuel that keeps us going. That is the love that gives passion meaning. I thank you all so much for everything. My hope is that I can repay you with an incredible album that speaks volumes…no pun intended!
Want to give a special thanks to the team that made it possible. Blessings to each one of you.
Henao Contemporary Center
SHOW DATES TBA.
My complete self-produced album drops tomorrow 3.14.16 at 2 PM. It has been quite a journey putting this project together. An expression of my experiences, my life, struggles as well as the influences of society, all in one. This piece will speak for itself. It will be available via SoundCloud.Till tomorrow!
Krikos (executive producer)
TrayZarc Art (film)
Ajara Boulibekova (model)
Yubi via Henao Contemporary Center (cover artwork)
Stephen Randall (audio engineer)
Real Feel Recording (recording)
Colours of the Culture (host)
Meanwhile watch the video for “W.Y.W.”, the single off the album below:
Danny Krikorian aka KRIKOS was born in Riyadh Saudi Arabia. He moved to the US at age 6 and became quickly absorbed in the culture of hiphop. Over the years, Danny has put out various pieces, producing for other artists like Brooklyn legend Talib Kweli. This album is entirely self-produced and features KRIKOS himself, narrating his own story through the culture of hiphop by which he has been molded. The project, “Checks & Balances”, is a dichotomy balancing the roots and the future of hiphop, the politics of justice and power, and the need for maintaining authenticity while pursuing financial freedom. It is furthermore an expression of all the struggles endured by Danny as an immigrant from the Middle East. “Checks & Balances” tells the story of a journey, and leaves hope for a future of justice and prosperity for all. With influences drawn from the golden era of hiphop, Danny uses both the staple foundations of hiphop such as soul sampling as well as fusing it with the new 808 sound that has emerged over the last decade. The piece seeks to bridge the gap between the trendy and the socially responsible.