HAPPY 4/20! A gift! For one day only, have a FREE DOWNLOAD of my smokey anthem, THE WEED SONG!

Happy 4/20 to All my Weed Celebrating brothers and sisters! May this day be buried under a green fog so vast and stinky that you never remeber it!


Oh, and here's a new VLOG what I just did, about the NEW MUSIC and the MASSIVE ENVELOPE I got in the post!

NEW VIDEO: We Won't Be Broke Forever Baby ft. Gruff Rhys BOOYA!

I am all excite and exclamation marky, because I finally get to present to you, my brothers and sisters, the third and final part of THE LIFE EQUATION TRILOGY that started with NOTHING LASTS FOREVER and continued with VIDEO HIGHWAY...


As debuted on NME a few hours ago!

Thanks to everyone that helped us create this beautiful artwork!

A big shout out to Gruff, who couldn't make the shoot as he was touring the USA, but still managed to feature via the magic of small portable telephone video recorder technology.

Did I ever tell you about the first time I met Gruff? I was 16 years old, and I'd just moved into my first bedsit in Upper Bangor. I decided to take an evening stroll down the high street to buy some Skittles and some fags, and I saw Gruff outside Our Price (RIP). I said hi and told him how I loved Hometown Unicorn and thought it was David Bowie when I first heard it and he signed my packet of fags (Silk Cut, bleurgh), and wished me luck in my new life.

Many years later I was playing a show in Cardiff. There was so much dry ice I couldn't see the crowd, which is an interesting experince when one is performing. So, I screamed into the fog, which suddenly cleared revealing, about a foot away from my face... Gruff, staring at me spookily. I'd last seen him outside Our Price, and he looked exactly the same. Hash is a hell of a drug.

It was the day of the second to last general election, and we all went back to his afterwards and watched it on Welsh language television. I was impressed, because he had a throne in his kitchen. Everybody was talking in Welsh, which I got a B at in school, but couldn't remember much of, having been away from the place for 8 years. But, after a few hours, it came back, to the point I could drunkenly freestyle in the language. Funny how that works.

I met my wife  - well, re-met, after not having seen her since I left school eight years previously - at a Super Furry Animals show at the ICA in London. She was wearing a beautiful red dress and carrying a pint of red wine. Or maybe I bought the red wine. regardless, she looked beautiful.

Anyway, that is beside the point. THIS VIDEO IS YOURS NOW AND I AM PROUD! High five my visual artiste brothers Mighty Tom Coles and Dr Aaron Shrimpton! This is but the beginning of an incredible and gargantuan audio viisual journey! You want and see what we do next!


Remember: BROKE is a a magical SIGIL! It is important that you share it far and wide in order that the magic work and we all get SOLID GOLD HOUSES BY THE SEA (and jetpacks).

CD, digital, print and CANVAS available in the Don Shop:

OK. Let us see some CREDITS...

We Won't Be Broke Forever Baby was performed by @akirathedon & @gruffingtonpost.

Taken from the album of the decade, THE LIFE EQUATION

Produced by Stephen Hague & Akira The Don

The video was directed by @aaronshrimpton


Produced by Aaron Shrimpton & Akira The Don Directed by Aaron Shrimpton DOP - Thomas Coles B - Camera - Jonny Ruff G - Camera - Gruff Rhys 1st AD. - Thomas Hooke Make-Up - Ellie Burrows Playback - Benson Burrows Location Manager - Debbie Mcgrant Graphics, sound and end animations - Akira The Don Catering - Akira The Don Ridiculous Jewelry by Akira The Don Dancers by I AM EPIC Glasses by The Eye Company

Starring: - Akira The Don as Akira The Don - Envy as Envy - Aaron Shrimpton as Aaron Shrimpton - Thomas Coles as Daddy C D.O.P - Jonny Ruff as Jonny "hoodied camera dude" Ruff - Thomas Hooke as Fake Sound recordist & Big Narstie Henchman replacement - Charlotte Don as Interviewer - Jeres as bohemian agent - Mr Lacey as Mr Lacey Henchman

We would like to thank Ben & Debbie for their lovely flat, and Te$kkkos for the shopping spree.

I'm Not A Troll

Akira The Don VS Richie Beretta – I’m Not A Troll ft. CopperCab From ATD20 Jan 29th 2010.


Shout out Richie Beretta, who I'd never heard of before this, and who it transpired was a fan of my music, and who's own brilliant music gave me a canvas on which to paint CopperCab's righteous anger. Shout out the blog I heard it on - the bookmark for which I lots in last week's crash. Shout out Example, via whom I found CopperCab. And shout out CopperCab, who doesn't understand why he's getting crap at school and on the internets, just for having red hair.

Ah, but it's not just because he has red hair, is it? It's because when he gets teased, he answers back. It's the answering back that really gets people's backs up. If he kept his mouth shut, and his head down, people would quickly get bored, and more onto the next one. Not that he wouldn't always have to endure a certain level of abuse, just for being... because he would. So it goes. But his refusal to just accept that is what makes him a marked man. So big up to you, CopperCab. Your voice is strong and clear - it was a joy to play with.

ATD20 – The Mixtape

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Loop A Loop (Akira The Don Remix)

I was honoured to be asked to remix this, because it is a truly brilliant song and a modern classic. I have no idea why I decided to rap half of it in Welsh, but I did, and it was, strangely, the first time I'd ever recorded a verse in my ail iaith... I must do more. Anyway, the band liked this remix so much they invited me to perform it with them at Bush Hall. I had an amazing time - rapping with a full band, drums and all, is a rare treat, and The Crimea are pros.

The sample at the beginning is taken from an interview with Susan Joy Rennison on Red Ice Radio. I recommend the hell out of those cats because they're thorough... their archives are incredible, a real treasure trove. Hail them and their Swedish Swagger.