Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Shareef (Azteknique) Islam, started out as a dancer/choreographer. In the late 80’s early 90’s when hip hop/ and dance music was at its best. He went on to perform and work with artists such as Paula Abdul,
Jody Wately, Heavy D, Sybil, Color Me Badd, Kid N Play just to name a few. After an injury he suffered on a video set, Shareef began working on his skills as a producer/ engineer. As his skills grew he started out with local talent which would prepare him for the more professional artists he would encounter later on in his career. He has worked with established artists like AZ, Gedak, SuperStar of the ICONZ, the Bush Babees, Q-Tip and De La Soul. As well as boxing champion Zab “ Super” Judah, Lin Que (ISIS of X-Clan), Mos Def, Onyx and Jay – Z. Shareef has remixed songs for D’Angelo, TLC, Brandy, Lil Sammy, Missy Elliot, Onyx and Raphael Saadiq. He was also one of the engineers on the Flip Mode Squad’s album and Busta Rhymes album. In addition, Shareef has composed and placed music for numerous reality tv shows ( Clean House, Kimora Lee Simmons, VH1 Best Week , documentaries, Mickey Rourke Story A&E, The VH1 Bobby Brown Story, and most recently Sony/Fox’s Brothers which he was the composer for the show starring Super Bowl Champion Michael Strahan, C C H Pounder, Carl ( Apollo Creed ) Weathers and Darryl “Chill” Mitchell. Along with drum programming and audio engineering( Mixing, Recording Editing ) he plays the keyboards and bass guitar.
Now with his own production company Azteknique Productions LLC. And label HipSoul Entertainment Inc. Shareef plans on bringing a new sound and vybe to the entertainment game. HipSoul is the sound!!
The sound is being introduced to the world by artist signed to the label Common Thred, HumUni, PS..Dot. and Rahimah As well as some of the newer projects he has coming out on Film/TV, video games and other artists.