"I see remarkable resilience in Akrobatik," says Mr. Lif, his longtime friend and musical collaborator. "When he was fully aware and able to give me a call, I told him this is about to be the best part of his life. Once you have your wake-up call, there's no turning back, and his music is sure to be more potent after this."

"I'm really happy that so many people rallied behind me," says Akro. "I want them to all know that I'm outside, walking around in shorts and enjoying the sun. According to the best cardiology team in the world, I'm going to be even better than before."

The Akrobatik Benefit Show, featuring Mr. Lif, Army of the Pharaohs, Esoteric, Slaine, and many, many more, will be held at the Middle East on Saturday, June 11, at 8 pm. All profits go toward Akro's recovery. Visit mideastclub.com for more information.

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