G-Blakk, is a hip hop artist from Akron, Ohio. Blakk has been making music for nearly 9 years but really became serious about pursuing a music career about 3 years ago. He began making music with a group called K.O.B.K. that consisted of childhood friends Renaldo "Nardi Cool" Cogburn and Marcus "MT" Tate during their freshman year of high school. After high school MT relocated and was later replaced with Deadonte "Young Haze" Haywood and the group became known as G.M.N. GMN went on to create several local mixtapes but later disbanded. At this point G-Blakk began recording as a solo artist and over the past few years he's been honing his craft and has finally reached the point that he feels his music is ready to be presented to the world. He is currently in the process of creating and releasing a series of mixtapes entitled "Collection One", the first of which is "Blakk Planet" which was released in March of 2010. G-Blakk's music is often sited as being "conscious" rap due to the strong social messages and eclectic soundscapes that his music provides, but the second volume of this series is designed to showcase a different aspect of his personality and the wide variety of music he is capable of creating. His influences range from hip hop artists such as Nas, Tupac Shakur, Lupe Fiasco, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Common, Mos Def, Jay Electronica, Talib Kweli, The Roots, T.I., Lil Wayne and Eminem to Erykah Badu, Raheem DeVaugh, Gil Scot-Heron, Marvin Gaye, ect. Realizing the importance of music in today's society and the impact that it can have on affecting change, G-Blakk's music is meant to reflect the untold truths and motivate people to make change and make a difference. For too long music has been about profit margins rather than artistic expression, G-Blakk represents an end to that philosophy.