Nefertiti and the nefTUNES

Nefertiti and the nefTUNES

 Decatur, Georgia, USA
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Nefertiti and the nefTUNES is a singer/songwriter/producer whose Acoustic Gangsterism music sounds like if Lil' Wayne & Lauryn Hill's baby had a baby with Jill Scott and Kanye West's baby, all grown up. R U nefTUNED? is the question & the answer is something you have to see to experience.

Biography

Nefertiti Akinyela is a musician/poet/songwriter/singer/producer from Decatur, Ga. Raised in a family with African-centered values and customs, she always felt as if she stood out among schoolmates, but was able to find her place despite this. As a child, she always had a profound love for music. She used to create musical instruments out of items around the house. She enjoyed working with subjects that involved telling a story or writing, but music was her first love. At the age of 12, she began playing the trumpet in the school's orchestra. During that year she was selected to be in the district's honor band as well as it's honor chorus. She continued in the orchestra and began to experiment with other brass instruments like the baritone. In high school she joined the Southwest Dekalb Marching Band, making the district's honor band another 3 times before becoming the section leader of the trumpet section in her senior year as well as learning to play the trombone and baritone.

Nefertiti began to write poetry at 15 while studying a poetry series in school. The series of study lasted only a week, but a new love for poetry and writing had been opened up in her and she never stopped writing poetry. Because the subject matter of her poetry at the time felt so private and personal to her, she only shared the poems she wrote with close friends and family. She continued her poetry writing throughout her high school career and after enrolling in Florida A&M University. Although she had only played brass instruments in her band experience, Nefertiti always had an urge to play a stringed instrument (in fact, before the trumpet she first tried out on the double bass, but they said her hands were too small). After much begging and pleading with her parents to buy her a guitar and receiving it as a kwanzaa gift, she let it sit in the case for a full year.

During the spring of 2005, Nefertiti met a stranger walking by strumming his guitar and singing songs. The man's name was King David and he said that he was on his way to give a guitar lesson. From there, she began to take lessons from him every week, if not twice a week... As if by a miracle, after only a few weeks of their lessons together, Nefertiti found her own singing voice. With the discovery of her true voice came even more motivation to write.Starting on the Acoustic Guitar, she began penning songs with quirky titles like "Is the Blunt Rolled Yet?", "Sounds Like", "Open Your Eyez" and "Rich Friend" . Inspiration caused her to forge a new style of music that would come to be called Acoustic Gangsterism. What comes across like a blend of Rock, Reggae, Hip-Hop, Jazz, and Folk, Acoustic Gangsterism is very much soul music delivered via a vibrado reminiscent of Nina Simone, Lauryn Hill, or Tracey Chapman.

That summer, fueled by the courage and support from her friends and family, Nefertiti started performing the second song she had ever written, "Sounds Like", at a weekly open-mic. When she returned to Tallahassee and FAMU, she began performing at venues like Amen-Ra's Bookstore and Perry's Lounge. It was Perry's Lounge where she met Glenn Jr. (producer of "Your Truck" and "Mainframe"). She performed there as an unknown, in a hip-hop crowd with a guitar. He offered to record her songs for free and she came back the next week and took the audience by storm. Through performing at Amen-Ra's she met Jadnack Defrank aka DJ Haitian Papi, former host of the Underground Railroad. JD showed a real interest in her music and approached her with the idea to remake Lupe Fiasco's "Kick, Push". They recorded a song called "Toast To The Struggle" in Nefertiti's bedroom on a laptop.

Gracing every stage that gave her and her guitar the chance, Nefertiti wanted to expand her musical repertoire. While taking full use of the college atmosphere, Nefertiti began to produce her own records on the laptop that was given to her as a gift, but became a pivotal and life-changing instrument. With experimentation, Nefertiti soon became "nefTUNES", producing songs like "What Part of da Game 49", "Might Go", "Rich Friend" and "Pages Unfold 75", all of which contributed to the her first Album, Acoustic Gangsterism, an offbeat compilation that seemed to make fun of the Hip-Hop game as it were in 2007. That summer, inspired by the whole new world of soul music she had been introduced to, nefTUNES began to delve even deeper into the world of production and composition to complete the Live Concert feel of the album that became known as F**k A Record Deal. Filled with stand-out compositions and relaxed vocal styles, Record Deal, is nefTUNES' most expressive offering to date.

After a return to her hometown of Decatur in 2008, Nefertiti began to refine recordings done in 2007, under the working title, 'Making Music', into the album that is now known as Revolution Music. With the album complete and the continued love, support, and warm reception from family, friends, and fans, she remains f

Lyrics

Your Truck

Written By: Nefertiti Akinyela

(Chorus)
Once You get to bumpin' this sh*t in your truck
Once You get to bumpin' this sh*t in your truck
Tell me would you put down a couple green bucks
If you got to bump this sh*t in your truck
Once you get to bumpin' this sh*t in your truck
I won't say a lot cuz I don't gotta talk much
Once you get to bumpin' this sh*t in your truck
Once you get to bumpin' this sh*t in your truck

(Verse 1)
Now iiDone heard a lot of nice songs
Crank up the ignition turn the radio on
Gotta turn it down iiGotta Sing my song
iiBeen sittin round and just writing these songs
Tryna find someone that's gonna put me on
Excercise my talent gotta keep it strong
Don't you try to bag it cuz it's all my own
And don't you try to crab it cuz it won't be long

(Chorus)
Once You get to bumpin' this sh*t in your truck
Once You get to bumpin' this sh*t in your truck
Tell me would you put down a couple green bucks
If you got to bump this sh*t in your truck
Once you get to bumpin' this sh*t in your truck
I won't say a lot cuz I don't gotta talk much
Once you get to bumpin' this sh*t in your truck
Once you get to bumpin' this sh*t in your truck

(Verse 2)
Now when iiBlow it won't be luck
When iiMake it, it'll be because iiPaid up
When iiDo it, it'll be because iiStayed up
Sleepless nights and caught up with my dreams cuz
Don't be mad at me because iiKilled your buzz
Go back to betty and get your act cleaned up
Better yet petty is where it's at mean mug
When you come at me you better have your team up

(Chorus)
Once You get to bumpin' this sh*t in your truck
Once You get to bumpin' this sh*t in your truck
Tell me would you put down a couple green bucks
If you got to bump this sh*t in your truck
Once you get to bumpin' this sh*t in your truck
I won't say a lot cuz I don't gotta talk much
Once you get to bumpin' this sh*t in your truck
Once you get to bumpin' this sh*t in your truck

(Verse 3)
Haters hate and there will always be haters
Let them perpetraitors wear a pager
You can beep 'em out wherever they occur
I rep Decatur, so iiAin't gotta say where it's greater
My maker put me on this earth to shake her
and when iiPut my feet down it will quake her
Arctic Temperatures so dress in layers
This goes out to all you cocky fakers

(Chorus)
Once You get to bumpin' this sh*t in your truck
Once You get to bumpin' this sh*t in your truck
Tell me would you put down a couple green bucks
If you got to bump this sh*t in your truck
Once you get to bumpin' this sh*t in your truck
I won't say a lot cuz I don't gotta talk much
Once you get to bumpin' this sh*t in your truck
Once you get to bumpin' this sh*t in your truck

Mainframe

Written By: Nefertiti Akinyela

Verse 1

iiDone been a couple places it's true

That don't mean a damn thang

If you ain't feeling what iiM saying to you

Give up, give in, give out you're lame

Oh yea, it's been a couple weeks since you blew

Get in get out you got your fame

And it's a shame cuz iiGot plenty to do

Denied, Delete, you're out the frame

Chorus

The frame is calling my name

iiCan't get out iiM the one to blame

There's no way out once you're in the flame

We must get out

Before it's too late

Before it's too late

Verse 2

Denied Delete you're out the frame

The games the games the lies the hate

Proliferating what's at stake to keep your pockets safe

Connect, collab, conjure create,

Curate, don't break, we make mistakes

Whatever it takes to make your day

Procure and don't procrastinate

Chorus

The frame is calling my name

iiCan't get out iiM the one to blame

There's no way out once you're in the flame

We must get out

Before it's too late

Before it's too late

Verse 3

Procure and don't procrastinate

The cure is love and don't you hate

Be late and you'll regret the day

Your pace was beginning to break

Berating what's really the case

Cuz all you got is all your faith

It's late about a quarter to eight

Come with about a quarter to break

Denied, delete, you're out the frame

Procure and don't procrastinate

Come with about a quarter to break

And if you're late just skate

On by me fly me like a plane

Made it simple Made it plain

The game, the game

The gain, the gain

For shame, For shame, For shame

Chorus

The frame is calling my name

iiCan't get out iiM the one to blame

There's no way out once you're in the flame

We must get out

Before it's too late

Before it's too late

Discography

Acoustic Songs

Sounds Like
Open Ur Eyez
Your Truck
My Peace
Rich Friend
Matters of the Heart

Acoustic Gangsterism - April 2007

Your Truck
Mainframe*
Might Go
New Year's
What Part of da Game 49
Pages Unfold 75
Toast to the Struggle

F*ck A Record Deal - July 2007

It's On
Come On
Give It Away
Blow My Mind
Come Close to Me
Stream of Consciousness
Take A Hit Spreading My Wings
Movin On'
Hands Up

Revolution Music - October 2009

Commencement
Think
Like A Revolution
Swagjack
Ra
Funky Drummer
Outta Here
A Champion
Ta
It'z Mad Eazy
Giddy Yup
Open Up
Tah
Matters of the Heart

Other Tracks

The Cool
Why You Fakin For

Set List

Your Truck
My Peace
Mainframe
Matters of the Heart