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Allen was born May 17, 1989 in Spanish Town, Jamaica. Allen doubled as a disc jockey while attending Rutgers University studying bio-mathematics and during that period started his own website, Late Night Creep, which was dedicated to covering hip hop music news. He later began posting YouTube videos providing mostly light-hearted and satirical commentary on events in the urban entertainment industry. His YouTube channel started to gain significant popularity in 2014 due partly to his coverage of the Chicago drill scene. His main YouTube channel currently boasts over 1 million subscribers and over 530 million views. His other ventures include co-hosting his own hip hop debate show with rapper Joe Budden and broadcaster Nadeska Alexis titled Everyday Struggle, which airs on the Complex News YouTube channel; the show debuted April 10, 2017. Allen no longer DJs despite his insistence on using the moniker DJ Akademiks..
Template:Unreferencedsection Due to his satirical style of commentary, Akademiks has drawn hostility from many rappers and figures in the entertainment industry who have been the subject of his videos, including Wale, 21 Savage, Meek Mill, Soulja Boy, Shy Glizzy, Master P and businessman Martin Shkreli. In June, DJ Akademiks became embroiled in an on-camera altercation with rapper Vic Mensa, who claimed that Akademiks' YouTube channel was used to satirize the murder that occurs in the inner-city of Chicago. In the same month he was involved in a confrontation between Joe Budden and the Migos during a backstage interview at the BET Awards. Despite this, Akademiks has repeatedly adopted a passive attitude towards rappers wishing to feud with him, stating that he has no desire for violence and wishes to resolve any problems and come to an understanding as quickly as possible.
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- "EXCLUSIVE: DJ Akademiks Is Becoming The New King Of Hip Hop Commentary". https://www.themaven.net/allhiphop/features/exclusive-dj-akademiks-is-becoming-the-new-king-of-hip-hop-commentary-dZl1dq0aYEqpB5MzzM1hRA. Retrieved 25 October 2017.
- Pigeons & Planes (2017-04-03). "Introducing 'Everyday Struggle' Starring Joe Budden and DJ Akademiks". Complex. http://www.complex.com/music/2017/04/everyday-struggle-launch-post. Retrieved 2017-06-16.