By Adam Friedland
Akoko are Sloane Amelia and Sugg Savage, a hip-hop duo from the DC area. I spoke with them on the phone on Tuesday evening. They’ll be performing this Saturday at the BYT Super Sampler at the Howard Theatre.
When did you guys get together?
Sloane Amelia: We met in high school chorus class so I guess you can say we got together then.
A local high school?
SA: Yeah we went to a school called St. Mary’s Ryken High School.
Is that when you started rapping?
SA: No, I started in 2010.
Sugg Savage: But we’ve both been involved with music our whole lives.
I’m an “up and coming” or whatever comic, and from what I can tell there isn’t like a clear path to success in the comedy game. You sort of have to make your own way. What’s it like to come up as a rapper nowadays?
SA: Well, it’s harder and easier for us as women in the rap game. In some ways it’s more difficult to prove yourself when you’re a woman, but there aren’t as many other female rappers so it’s easier to stick out.
That’s sounds like comedy too.
Who do you guys draw inspiration from when you’re making music?
SA: From life.
SS: No he means like what music inspires us…
I guess you could go either way…
SS: Well the first hip hop album I bought was A Tribe Called Quest CD from Best Buy when I was a senior in high school. That really changed things for me. Also Lupe Fiasco’s The Cool.
SA: I’d say Adele too…
That’s cool, her music is real as shit to me.
SA: Yeah her performance embodies the emotion of the songs. Also Sir E.U., he’s a rapper from here and he makes me want to work harder.
What’s the DMV hip hop scene like? Do you identify as part of a scene or are you guys doing your own thing?
SS: We’re sort of in and out. But there’s a lot of good music coming out of the area.
Do you have any shows coming up that you’re excited about?
SA: We’ll be at North by Northeast (NXNE) in Toronto, with Juicy J, Danny Brown and some other cool acts. Also we just found out we’ll be performing on March 21 at the Loft with Pyramid Virtra, who’s affiliated with Odd Future.
That’s exciting. The show in Toronto… is that like a Drake thing?
SS: No, it’s like a SXSW but in Toronto.
No I was just kidding, honestly I like Drake but my girlfriend calls me soft like baby food and it makes me all confused and sad… And then I listen to more Drake because I’m confused and sad. It’s a vicious cycle.
SS: I mean I don’t like every song but I like what he’s doing as an artist.
Do you like comedy?
SS: Laughing is like candy.