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Honolulu, Hawaii, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2018 | SELF

Honolulu, Hawaii, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2018
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"Track Tuesday - Wanna (Pak)"

Yo OTDHipHop fam! Welcome back to another week of DOPE content here in our blog, and don’t forget to follow us on ALL of our social media. This week’s #TrackTuesday features an artist we’ve never had officially on OTDHipHop before, and that is hip hop artist/emcee, Pak!
I ran into him at a studio rehearsal this past Friday night and we chopped it up about his new project and fundraising campaign. Check out my review of his new song “Wanna,” from his newly released project,I Will Not Be Chain3d.

Pak has a really unique sound and demeanor as an emcee. Off rip, most might say he’s a “nerd” rapper but if you watch him closely at live shows and get to see his musical and visual content; he’s a lot more than that! “Wanna” is a good introduction to his persona and vibe. This is probably the most explicit from I Will Not Be Chain3d, but nonetheless I think it’s dope. The beat is produced by Syndrome and is a banger in itself, but I really like the sound effects on Pak’s flow and voice. It has a trap and EDM vibe that keeps me intrigued as a listener. Lyrically, Pak talks about the “come up” and all the things he desires; but there’s a maturity in his flow that mentions things like family, relationships, and mental and emotional stability. I’d love to hear this live!

Pak (Sam John) is an American-Pakistani independent hip hop/rap artist. With a potent flow, bright voice and magnetic presence, Pak does what he does best – tap the human spirit & light up people from all ages and walks of life. He is currently based in Honolulu, HI. For more on Pak, visit his website and/or follow him on Soundcloud. - OTDHipHop-Blog | Jehzan Exclusive

"Recent Video Round Up with Notiz Yong, Kill C Rey, Greaseball, Hvlloween, Theez, Pak, West Coast Avengers, Asend, Monocle and more"

Metamorph (Up in the Head) by Pak
Produced by Sinima Beats
Video by DJ Wunda

It's refreshing to see this style done so earnestly- the nice vid by Wunda doesn't hurt! Nice message and flow here from a cat I am just learning about this year Pak. - | Tristan "Tanjint Wiggy" Acker - Staff Writer


"I Will Not Be Chain3d" (2018) - 8-track album/mixtape



Pak is the stage-name of Samuel Vaqar John, an American-Pakistani MC/rapper, singer-songwriter and recording & performing artist. Born Aug 15, 1985, he grew up an American-Pakistani in (mostly) California. Falling into methamphetamine abuse (short-lived, thankfully) after years of fallout caused by his parent’s bitter divorce in his early teens, in 2001 he discovered hiphop, rap and the art of freestyle. Influenced by hiphop/rap artists like KRS-One, Wu-Tang Clan, Outkast, Eminem & Nas, and singer/songwriters like Nine Inch Nails, Madonna and Michael Jackson, he took a few detours but kept on track with his passions. From choirboy to music junkie to becoming an elite MC & lyricist in his own right, he now creates and shares his work as an independent musician based in Honolulu.

More than anything Pak uses his distinct voice to RALLY, UNLEASH and BOOST the Mind, Body and Spirit! Themes like Relationship, Social/Environmental Justice, Self-Discovery, Celebrating/Partying, Spirituality and Self-Acceptance prevail throughout his lyrics. His inspirations run the gamut from 2Pac to Linkin Park to Sublime to Damian Marley, from Rage Against The Machine to Kanye West to Nirvana to Dr. Dre! Whether superfan or first-timer, the people consistently cite him a “Stand-out!”, “Highlight!” and “Favorite!” after every performance – from intimate lounge to packed house – and they are regularly tuning in and signing-on to his vibe, artistry and music.

“I love life, the creative process, and most of all, pumping everyone UP! When it’s all done and said, I’m here to make positive impact and lift my peoples’ spirits!”

(More about Pak…)

The son of Pakistani immigrants (mother a registered nurse, father a researcher & teacher), he was born in Moscow, Idaho and brought up chiefly in Southern California’s Inland Empire, though he also spent formative years in Pakistan’s Punjab province, Northern California’s Napa Valley area, Majuro atoll (capital of the Republic of the Marshall Islands), and Honolulu, Hawaii where he now resides with his lovelier half (a spirited Norwegian!) and their 2 pet bunnies.

Family and personal turmoil (parent’s divorce, anxiety, substance abuse) as an upper-middle class suburban teen saw him in some serious trouble until, in 2001 at age 16, he discovered rhyming and fell head-over-heels for the art of freestyle rap. Not long after, he started writing, collaborating, producing, recording and performing – sensing this his calling. This culminated in independently releasing several underground albums (“Peaceofmind”, “Ques?ion”, “Still Wunda”, “Rhyme4AReason”) and subsequent touring between 2008-2012. In summer 2012 he joined live-band Jive Slinky (exiting the band in 2014 shortly before it dissolved) as well as forming & fronting live progressive hiphop/rap freestyle band Samurai Funktion in 2013. Around the same time in 2012 he went back to school, and in 2018, he earned a bachelor’s degree in Nursing (he holds another bachelor’s in Visual Communication). That same year also saw the release of his most personal and candid project up to that point, the “I Will Not Be Chain3d” album/mixtape! Since 2005 when he played his first live show at a college house party, he’s invigorated EVERY venue, show, and function he’s booked, and his undeniable stage-presence & energy continue earning him a stellar reputation in every music scene he’s a part of.

Throughout his journey, Pak is bent on mastering the craft of honest & unflinching self-expression – delivering impactful, penetrating lyrics & heartfelt renderings channeled off Emotion, Experience and Exchange. Not only that, he embodies a tenacious, independent DIY-spirit as an artist entrepreneur and is a perpetual source of positive vibrations – from championing sustainable mindsets, community engagement and optimistic perspectives to pushing Peace, Love, Unity and Having Fun both on and off the stage.

Find Pak forging his own path – deriving strength through music and connecting with others through it all. Always crafting the purest, most-empowering music possible on a mission to capture imagination, experience catharsis and energize any & all vibing with!

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