Akira The Don

ATD25 go 1000
  • Uploaded on
    March 1, 2011
  • Recorded at
    Don Studios IV, London
  • Produced by
    Akira The Don, with Joey2tits, Jack Nimble & Brian Eno
  • Mixed by
    Akira The Don & DJ Jack Nimble
  • Mastered by
    Gaz Williams
  • Artwork by
    Akira The Don & Mary Wycherley
  • Additional Personnel
    Jeremy Allen, James Harrison, Blonde Jeremy & Charlotte Whewell

A little background for you.

On May 27th, 2004, I uploaded a one track 128kbps MP3 called Akira The Don The Mixtape Volume 1.

It was a different word, 2004. No Youtube. No Myspace even. You got mixtapes from barber shops and through the mail back then. There were no free mixtapes online. There were no rappers with blogs posting free mixtapes on them. There was just me, and my complete lack of technical ability, not one clue what I was doing other than it was what I had always wanted to do, and it made me happy to do it.

It took over an hour to render, and about three hours to force its way up the pipes.


The internets went nuts. To my utter joy and amazement it was a huge success. Over 100,000 downloads in under a month! But like I said, providing an hour of musicfor people to listen to, at no charge, was a novelty in 2004. I had the market cornered. I was the market.

Now look! A billion blogs, all churning out hours of free music every second of the day. A mixtape every minute. Some days it seems the inerenet is wholly comprised of free mixtapes.

But none of them are like mine.

See, I work hard at this. And I have been getting better and better, over the years, pushing myself further and harder with each release, making sure that every time I put together a block of music, I learn something new, and do something I haven’t done before.

And now, with nearly seven years of hard lessons learned, I am proud to present to you my most accomplished home grown project yet:

ATD25 For The Ultimate Victory!


This great landmark, my quarter century, silver anniversary mixtape was recorded between November 2010 and April 2011 with my excellent friends and the skills I’ve assessed in the past decade, and it was mixed by myself and DJ Jack Nimble right here in Don Studios, LAST NIGHT, with the aid of NO WEED and a small bottle of Jack Daniels.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who contributed to this, and all the ATD mixtapes, past, present and future.


OK. Click the individual track titles below to read additional information, click the links below to download, and most importantly, ENJOY IT. It is my gift to you.

Oh, and look out for the very exciting announcement at the end.


DOWNLOAD: Akira The Don – ATD25 (320 kbps MP3 bundle)
DOWNLOAD: Akira The Don – ATD25 (one-track 320 kbps MP3)
BUY:  Akira The Don – ATD25 (320 kbps MP3 bundle) if you don’t wanna have to mess with Hulkshare/you wanna help pay for the mastering!
BUY:  Akira The Don – ATD25 (FLAC bundle) if you want that gorilla sized superior quality audio!

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For more information,
including sleevenotes and individual sharing options
click the track titles.

  • OptimaX


  • NorwayKarl

    Only on the first track and already it’s BLINDING!!!!!

  • NorwayKarl

    I think this might be the best mixtape yet?!!!

    • Anonymous

      That’s what I was going for… I am FULL OF JOY that you are all enjoying it

  • Precaution

    I remember the sample of Daydreamer that dropped on like ATD 16! Niceman!

  • Lizacrunch

    fuckety fuckin hello jesus christ almighty rolls in the grave to this
    i could not wait and became a slight bit depressed and then here it is fuckin 25 amazing

    you rule akira
    you rule!
    breath deeper day dreamer

    fuck fuck i love the word fuck

    please bring don cast back! please!

  • http://twitter.com/Richotron Rich Morgan

    Kirby crackles! Oh shit, and you’ve got Gonzo reading the final issue of the Invisibles over on the left there. Shit, just realised that Ragged Robin returning in the timesuit and defeating the King of All Tears happens next year. God, seems like only yesterday I was buying that comic. Tiiiiiiiime!

    Download faster, damnit!

  • Cogstar

    thanks for this AK

  • http://twitter.com/ZenPyramid ZenPyramid

    …awesome. Sheer fucking buckets of awesome….

  • Lizacrunch

    the intro and outro guys voice is cheeeesy its like im calling movie phone lol

    • NorwayKarl

      Nah Liz, that voice ain’t cheesy it’s Chilly!!!

  • TheTrumpet40

    Just so people know. The bundle and the single track are actualy the other way round than how they are labeld. Just incase you don’t notice your downloading an mp3 instead of a zip. But my word this is a blinder!

    • Anonymous

      Fixed! THANK YOU!

  • Silentbob69

    Only on track one….nice use of The Thin White Duke there Adam…will check this out properly tomorrow.

    Thanks for sharing this with us as always.

  • http://twitter.com/tirosince89 Gerry Norton

    POW! This is FOW! (Full O’ Win!). Only on ‘I Am Not a Robot’…but mighty looking forward to ‘Swagnificence’ – I’m certain it will contain Magnificent Swag.

  • TheTrumpet40

    Lord I Miss (Red Dead Redemption) Is beautiful! Definatly my fav track! That shit rocks! “Argh! Cougar Attack!” Congrats Akira! This mixtape is staying on repeat for ages!

  • Anonymous

    Got my ATD 1 Shirt today (shout out from NY), and it was a shirt FOR THE ULTIMATE VICTORY. The package was Swagtastic, with great pins, and Im loving listening to this in the shirt, the true ATD experience

  • TheTrumpet40

    Oh and congrats on the engagement by the way Mr Akira!

  • TheTrumpet40

    Just so you know Mister Akira, in the zip you have two tracks titled 12.
    Lord I Miss (Red Dead Redemption)
    Red Dead Redemption
    Both are exactly the same apart from the track name but both are track 12.
    Not that I am complaining cause it’s my favourite track. Love that game and totally know what you mean.

    • Anonymous


  • boi4

    MIXTAPE KING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Bloodredtornado

    had to buy EPIC last song… album worthy

    • Anonymous

      Bless your heart

  • http://twitter.com/nick_gonzo Nick Gonzo

    Look at that, its on my iPod. Hello Wednesday.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=513655360 Nic Cox

    Thank you for the music Akira! This might replace ATD20 as my faveourite mixtape so far…

    Looking forward to see you on tour in the summer… Keep those speakers PUMPING!

  • Jamie Danananaanankroyd

    you have once more demonstrated an expert understanding of billy ray valentine’s quarter blood technique. swoosh

    • Anonymous

      Damn, I wanna watch that film now….

    • JjFab

      I had a serious LOL with that comment!
      But wasn’t it called the quart OF blood technique?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1592372832 Austin Tophat Myers

    Loving this all the way from the U.S. of A! Keep it up!

  • Chris

    The mixtape is free. =O AWESOME! I’ll give it a listen and then make a video I guess.

    • Chris

      I listened to it. A lot. Its amazing! Although I don’t like Jack Nimble’s verse on Sid James. Other than that though this is GOLD.

  • Johnbgg

    Lyrics for daydreamer, now !
    awesome album, bit on and off with song choice but a few of my favs are on here, awesome.