Alexander Charles, a hip-hop artist who grew up in neighboring Bucks County, has released a new album, Fortune Cookies, inspired by the discovery of a biological sister he did not even know he had, writes Kevin Riordan for The Philadelphia Inquirer.
His ambitious new work combines fluid beats with heartfelt words enriched by the newfound experience of finding a sibling along with their shared Asian ancestry.
Charles was adopted by his parents, Chuck and Petra Azar, shortly after birth. They did not know the identity of his biological parents. However when his sister called for the first time, he learned more about his heritage.
“My biological father was Jewish, and my biological mother is Chinese and Hawaiian,” he said.
Charles was already working on a new project with his longtime musical collaborator Bij Lincs when he got the phone call from his sister. After that his whole writing process changed, and the end product evolved into something completely different than he originally envisioned.
“A lot of people wonder where they’re headed,” said Charles. “If the album speaks to some of them, then I’m doing my job.”
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