“I love to create – I love music – I love people – I love life! And all I’m about is helping our world progress in the most LOVE ways possible while riding on my ‘Let’s ALL have a Good time!’ energy & vibe!!”
Pak is the stage-name of Samuel Vaqar John, an American-Pakistani rapper/hiphop artist, frontman of live band Samurai Funktion, founder of BounceBackHipHop and more, raised in California now rooted in Honolulu, HI.
Fans say Pak reminds them of artists like Slug (of Atmosphere), Eminem, Lupe Fiasco, Eyedea, KRS-One and the like. His style of rap – a salvo of intricate lyric, funky turns and sonic clarity – combined with melody and offbeat G-funk inspired variances, and topped off with a downright infectious HYPE energy and movement means he generates a style all his own! Insightful plus the life-of-the-party, his candid 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, Eminem, Dr. Dre, Snoop, etc.), East Coast icons (Nas, KRS-One, Guru, etc.), Southern staples (Outkast, UGK, Scarface, etc.) and countless hiphop/rap crews (Living Legends, Jurassic 5, G-Unit, ATCQ, Wu-Tang Clan, 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.), 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!