“I know this is a book about his life so on a personal level, I want to let everyone know that Akili is a beautiful guy with a beautiful heart. Working with him in the studio, I could leave without giving him any direction, or I would just let him know what needed to be done; he was that reliable. He was very talented and professional. When it came to a working collaboration, anything we worked on was really great. He always had a positive attitude and everybody loved him. Akili was a friend then and he is a friend now.”
"Akili You have no idea what it means to see a young black man doing what you were doing back in the day. I was a DJ and rodie and impressed to see you as the sound man for Kurtis Blow when we were on the road. Your demeanor and accessibility allowed me to think I could be a recording engineer. Thanks Akili. Sometimes we pass the torch and don't even know it. U DA MAN!"
“Akili worked with us as our sound man on the road and he was a good sound guy. I had a lot of confidence working with him he didn’t disappoint us like the other sound people we worked with. He was a good adversary and I appreciated that he was easy to work with. When we recorded in London they had no sense of black music or hip hop so we were thankful to have Larry Smith (Producer) working with us. But when we went through a transitional period with the new label and new producers we were glad to work with Akili because he captured the sound faster.” Jalil (Whodini)
“Akili handled his drug use pretty well, he knew it was something that I didn’t like and it seemed to me that it didn’t affect him, or his performance. I guess he was strong enough to work through it. Regardless of what he was doing, he never gave me the impression of being drunk or high, I didn’t see it that way. Then he went to church and thank God he was able to kick it and went back to being himself. I’ve seen guys who got really messed up.”