If awards season has revealed anything about the current state of music, it’s that R&B is still one of today’s most exciting and innovative musical styles. Young musicians are finding ways to bend the genre to reflect their own backgrounds.
Nick Hakim was born in Washington D.C. And growing up, he knew that his city had also been home to an R&B legend — singer Marvin Gaye.
Hakim recently released his first full length album — “Green Twins.” Recalling the warmth of early ‘70s R&B, Hakim takes after Gaye with his lyrics, exploring more introverted themes. After battling depression, Hakim says he’s learned to see music as a means toward healing and personal discovery.
I used to beat myself up in my head because I thought that that's what I needed to do. I think there's this whole aspect of needing to be an artist that's always in pain to create.
Now based in New York City, Hakim makes time outside of performing and recording to work several after-school programs as a mentor and music instructor.
I was lucky because I had a lot of amazing mentors and figures in my life that encouraged me to stick with doing music. So I think I've just made up my head that I want to continue to do that to my best ability.