From competing in talent contests and rap battles around town as a young, aspiring rapper, Columbus, Ohio artist Vada Azeem began his career as a rapper after watching an episode of a YO! MTV Raps Season Finale Cipher back in 1995. He and his friends later formulated a crew of which they called themselves Lord Chamberlains, pushing the culture in a number of ways ever since.
As a creator, Vada’s main outlet for self expression was through his artwork, songwriting and illustration. And with his passions in music elevating his position in the industry, he began to see himself set apart. Dropping his first solo project The Anti-Parachute Theory in 2009 featuring production by J.Rawls, Blueprint, World Famous Beat Junkies and a guest appearance from Von Pea of rap group Tanya Morgan; he dropped a free EP titled The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street on Halloween day in 2010, and among other things, was a much talked about topic of SXSW in 2010 for his single Polo On My Body.
“I’m tapping into something else.”
While making music has always been found easy to Vada, he is not only a Hip Hop artist, but he also is an epic children’s book author. With a strong desire to inspire children who went through many of the same struggles he had as a kid growing up in a particular stricken upbringing, his intention is to give them hope that they can get pass.
Touching the sun being the proposed feat, Vada is more than capable as he is not just a Hip Hop artist and children’s book author, as we have come to find out through our exclusive interview conducted with him. The mission is to in fact be a timeless name in the game, one who’s reputation draws more than views and plays; the mission is to become one that is heavily planted in the culture in a positive way.
And from what we gather, he is doing just that.
More about the book
“The Boy Who Tried To Touch The Sun” is a story of determination that emphasizes the idea of reaching for the “impossible”. Even when faced with seemingly difficult challenges, Anu overcomes them with ease as they are not as challenging as the goal he has set for himself. The general purpose is for readers (young and old) to consider what “touching the sun” means to them.
This project/book caters to ages 6-11, but has an underlying theme that can be used as a literary discussion topic for all ages.
For more information on Vada Azeem’s children’s book, The Boy Who Tried To Touch The Sun, his music and more, check him out on his social.