“I love People! Love Life! Love Music and the Creative Process! Bottom line, I love and am here to Connect!”
Pak is the stage-name of Samuel Vaqar John, an American-Pakistani rapper/hiphop artist, frontman of live-freestyle band Samurai Funktion, founder/director of BounceBackHipHop, and more, raised in California now rooted in Honolulu, HI.
Inspired by and drawing parallels with artists like Eminem, KRS-One, Snoop Dogg, Eyedea and others, Pak approaches his craft with not just conscious strokes and feel-good lyrics, but a confident voice and heady flow steeped in funk, pop and heavy-rock vibrations. Listeners frequently take notice. Coupled with contagious optimistic vibes, a candid personality and spirited on-stage moves, Pak always goes the distance, delighting and engaging audiences whenever he plays! Insightful, goofy, sincere – he’s the life-of-the-party! And his live performance and music – informed through relationship, identity and the mental//emotional hurdles faced in this modern era – never fails to impress, gaining new fans at every turn.
His most revealing project to date, the “I Will Not Be Chain3d” album/mixtape, arrived on Aug 15, 2018 as an independent self-release. It garnered a fully-funded grassroots Kickstarter album merch campaign, and an official music video for the first single “Metamorph (Up In The Head)” is out now.
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Brought up chiefly in Southern California’s Inland Empire, he also spent formative years in Pakistan’s Punjab province, Northern California’s Napa Valley area and Honolulu, Hawaii where he now resides with his lovelier half and their 2 pet bunnies!
Family and personal turmoil (i.e. parent’s divorce, substance abuse, anxiety) as a teen saw him in some serious trouble until he discovered rhyming at 16 and fell head-over-heels for the art of freestyle rap. Not long after, he started writing, collaborating, producing, recording and performing – sensing all this his calling. This culminated in 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. At the same time in 2012 he went back to school, eventually earning a Nursing degree (he also holds a degree in Visual Communication), while simultaneously prepping his most personal and revealing project to date, the “I Will Not Be Chain3d” album/mixtape!
Inspired and influenced early on by West Coast legends (2Pac, Dr. Dre, Snoop, etc.), East Coast icons (Nas, KRS-One, Guru, etc.), Mid-West phenoms (Eminem, Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco, etc.), Southern staples (Outkast, UGK, Scarface, etc.), and countless hiphop/rap crews (Jurassic 5, G-Unit, ATCQ, etc.), to high-energy rock acts (Rage Against The Machine, Linkin Park, Nirvana, Limp Bizkit, etc.), and independent vanguards (Nine Inch Nails, Tech N9ne, Run The Jewels, etc.) as well as other genre artists (Damian Marley, Fatboy Slim, Michael Jackson, etc.), Pak is bent on mastering the craft of honest & unflinching self-expression – delivering prominent, 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!