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Meet Kairi Al-Amin

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kairi Al-Amin.

Kairi, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Sure, my story starts with my parents. I’m the son of an attorney, my mother and a civil rights icon, my father. Those two people shaped me into who I am today. I’m an attorney, realtor, business developer, rapper, actor, and budding community builder lol. I may have forgotten some things but in short, I do a lot because, why not, right?

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Absolutely not lol. But I don’t think it’s supposed, to be honest, but I’ve run into plenty of obstacles along the way from adjusting to college away from home at 16 need to take the Bar exam three times because the first time two times I was fasting due to my religion (Islam). As a musician, just learning how to be everything I need to succeed independently has been a long road that is still going now but it’s been rewarding and every obstacle is a learning experience so long as you continue pushing.

Can you give our readers some background on your music?
Aside from music which is the thing I’m most proud of right now because we’ve been able to amass over a half a million streams in the last year and a half, aside from that, I’d have to say the campaign that I built through my company for my father’s release from wrongful incarceration. My father is Jamil Al-Amin, formerly H. Rap Brown and he has been serving life in prison for 20 years for a crime he did not commit. Another has confessed under oath but because of the work my father did during the civil rights movement, he was named in a federal document as a person who must be neutralized and his incarceration is that goal realized.

I launched a campaign called What Happened 2 Rap for my father this year and we’ve had tremendous success. My company scripted and shot the videos, built the website, recorded a record and produced a lyric video about the situation, ran the marketing campaign and petition, we are currently planning an event this weekend with a combined following of over three million held by the speakers and we have about 13k signatures in under a month. We are also creating merch, preparing to shoot a pilot for a mini-series and publishing a book. This project definitely displayed all of my capabilities and pushed me to pick up some new ones, so even though it is ongoing, it is definitely the thing I am most proud of.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
I have to thank Allah (God) first and always, my mother, Attorney Karima Al-Amin, my father, Imam Jamil Al-Amin and my community, The West End Muslim community, both local and nationally. The community I grew up in is like an extended family and that support system has allowed and helped me to do everything I’ve been able to do thus far and I’m forever grateful Alhamdulillah (Praise be to God).


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