THE BRONX, NEW YORK—Arkadian is a super star in every sense of the word. Along with making hot beats with rhymes that can’t be beat, Arkadian has also found time to service his country. In fact, he’s currently a sniper in the U.S Army.
“I’ve deployed nine times. I’m been to Iraq as well as Afghanistan. I’ve also served on a special mission to Somalia,” stated Arkadian, who’s now in his mid-thirties and has served in the military since he was 21.
His life, however, wasn’t always on the straight and narrow. In fact, his life took a complete 180 after he was arrested for murder at the age of 15. As a teen, he says he had to grow up fast to help take care of his mother and brother. He became a master hustler—and the competition, one person in particular, didn’t like it.
“One day a known drug dealer approached me with two other people in a record store. He swung at me behind the counter. The second time he tried to hit me, I ducked and stabbed him in the heart,” stated Arkadian.
The rapper-in-the-making wasn’t caught by police until eight months later. Thanks to surveillance video inside the store, it proved that a young Arkadian was merely defending himself. He was found not guilty of murder.
“This almost cost me my whole life. It changed really changed me,” stated Arkadian. “If I didn’t go through that experience, I don’t know how I would have turned out.”
After this life changing experience, Arkadian followed in the footsteps of his grandfather who served in the military and later became a NYC cop. After graduating high school, Arkadian went directly into the military and is currently pursuing a masters in criminal justice while still successfully following his musical dreams.
“Some of my music influences include Wiz Khalifa, Eminem and Kendrick Lamar. They talk about real life situations, and so do I,” stated Arkadian. “My style is unique. I don’t want to be like anybody else. There’s a lot of copy cats out there. That’s not me.”
The seven-track EP will include two new videos to the singles “Bounce” and “Drunk.”
“I’ve let a lot of females already preview my music, and they love it,” he stated. “I can’t wait until the rest of the world to hear it. It’s Top 40 music that can be played in the clubs, the car, your home—everywhere.”
To learn more about Arkadian, check him out at: www.followarkadian.com. You can also follow him on Twitter and listen to him on SoundCloud.