In some way, every form of art is an extended branch of another. Like how a painting brings sketches to life with color or how films are compiled thousands of pictures, music is an extension of poetry. With the lyricism and rhythm, it’s not hard to see how poetry and rap are related. The similarities inspired a couple of rappers like rising artist ATEE to transition from poetry to rap.
Hailing from a small suburb in the Detroit area called Roseville, ATEE was born from a young poet’s mind by the name of Aaron Talukder. Every kid enjoys going out and playing, and while he was no different, Aaron was unique for showing interest in poetry at eleven years old.
He began writing and falling in love with the craft. As Aaron grew older, so did his style. He transformed his poetry from lines of expression to becoming lyrical stories that would eventually grow with him in his future career. Around thirteen years old, he fell in love with hip-hop. Aaron followed the music of artists like Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Eminem, and Big Sean, to name a few.
Aaron had a difficult life as he grew up in Roseville. For several years, he would spend time in and out of jail and frequently associated himself with token friendships. The young man grew up without a father in a broken home, leaving him no moral compass, and went through several broken relationships. Eventually, he got tired of the repetitive life as it led nowhere, so Aaron took a risk and used his student loan to break the cycle. He used the loan to buy studio equipment at the age of nineteen and taught himself how to record, taking the first steps toward a music career.
While a career in music was the goal, Aaron knew he had to find ways to bring food to the table. He applied for several kinds of jobs, but none of them worked out for the long term. Eventually, at twenty-one years old, Aaron was surprised to see his father come back. After five years of not seeing him, Aaron’s father made up for his absence by taking Aaron out of a ghetto suburb. They would later relocate to Seattle, where Aaron has established him after taking residence for almost eight years now.
Since making a move, Aaron has been able to make a fresh new start. He adopted the stage name ATEE and has crafted his style in-between jobs. He has also attempted to start plenty of businesses, but none of them panned out, giving him more time and content to create. Eventually, ATEE was able to make a few releases. Just last month, ATEE released his single “At All” on Spotify and YouTube.
As an artist, ATEE brings a lyrical narrative style that talks about the failures and redemptions he’s had in his life. Being a spiritual person, he promotes world peace and encourages people to be honest with themselves, stating that honesty before starting anything is one of the keys to success. ATEE hopes to inspire as many people as he can with his works and stories.