Written by: Kymmi Cee
Consider Azad Right the jack of many trades as he not only holds the title of a rapper, but that of a songwriter and producer as well. However, it doesn’t end there for the 24-year-old Santa Monica, California native. Azad holds a degree in Political Science from the University of California, Irvine. He’s rapped since the age of 14, though he started out as a spoken word artist and is familiar with both the piano and violin.
If you listen closely to Azad’s music, there’s a story to tell, emotions to let out and most importantly a message to convey to its audience. His personal philosophy is “aspire to inspire,” created from the heavy influence of his own father, Majid Naficy who’s been a well-known published poet since the age of 13 in the Iranian community. When Azad was in 6th grade his father went blind, but even then Majid never allowed his disability to become a disadvantage and absolutely nothing to clog his ambition and he would instill these very same values onto his son.
In 2010 Azad was one of three artists to be selected by adidas for an international spoken word campaign. He was chosen after being discovered while performing at a Def Jam rap star videogame release party. Shortly after, things began to kick up for Azad. He went on to open for Method Man and Redman later in the year and by the end of 2011 he was opening for UK Pop Sensation Tinie Tempah, Hip-Hop veterans Phonte & 9th Wonder, and some of today’s most influential rappers; Jay Rock and Kendrick Lamar. Talk about getting busy.
Azad’s debut EP, “A Piece of Mine“ was released in February 2011 and created a high anticipation for his most recent completion, “The Time Is Right,” which was released in October 2012 via DJ Booth. His musical inspirations include Nas, Tupac and Jay-Z whom he regards as icons in the hip-hop world.
The name Azad, meaning “freedom” in Farsi, was given to this rising star after the elements his parents did not have after being exiled from Iran. It’s safe to say he’s living up to the name and even safer to say that Azad Right is next ladies and gentlemen.