Akrobatik - Absolute Value CD
|The Bostonian MC and one-third of the critically acclaimed hip-hop collective The Perceptionists (with Mr. Lif and DJ Fakts One) drops his brand new album on Fat Beats. The follow up to 2003's Balance,
Absolute Value features a host of high profile guest appearances from Talib Kweli, Chuck D, and Bumpy Knuckles to Mr. Lif and Little Brother, not to mention some handy production work from Da Beatminerz, J-Zone, 9th Wonder, J-Dilla and more!
|1.||A To The K (feat. B-Real (Cypress Hill)) |
|3.||Put Ya Stamp On It (feat. Talib Kweli ) |
|4.||Step It Up|
|5.||Rain (feat. Brenna Gethers)|
|6.||Be Prepared (feat. Little Brother) |
|8.||Black Hell Breaks Loose (feat. Willie Evans Jr. / Therapy)|
|9.||Kindred (feat. Chuck D / Brenna Gethers)|
|10.||Front Steps Pt. II (Tough Love) |
|11.||Beast Mode (feat. Mr. Lif)|
|12.||If We Can't Build (feat. Bumpy Knuckles)|
|13.||Ak B. Nimble|
|14.||Back Home To You |
solid, but not his best
, November 10, 2008
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being from providence, ri i've had the privilege of hearing ak for years now. mixtapes, at battles, tons of shows, etc. i always tend to grab his shit cause he's real good at what he does. however, this record suffers from what i think is the biggest problem with the boston hip hop scene, and that's that they have zero clue how to write good hooks. they wind up sounding forced and corny. aside from that and a couple of songs this is a fair representation of akro. balance is still better than this, but this is definitely way better than black dialogue. all in all this has some solid production and some dope battle rhymes.
One of 2008's Most "Valuable" Players (4.5 Stars)
, March 26, 2008
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I've been a fan of the Boston-bred Akrobatik since the day I heard him collaborate with Mr. Lif & Fakts-One on The Perceptionists' "Black Dialogue" album. The record is flawless in many ways and remains classic material in my book until this very day. It's been years since that gem dropped, and I've still been heavily sleeping on Akrobatik's solo career. After a couple listens to "Absolute Value", I will most definitely be checking out all his material from now on. Akrobatik's intense, battle-oriented mic style & sociopolitical messages are very reminiscent of KRS-One & Chuck D. And after 10+ years in the game, you can find Akrobatik pumping out some of his most devastating material to date.
"Absolute Value" is real representing real. Ak couldn't have pulled together a better set of producers and guest emcees to help make this album one of the best records of 2008. The biggest name's here are Talib Kweli, who lends an excellent verse on the J Dilla produced "Put Ya Stomp On It", and the excellent reunion of Little Brother (Big Pooh, Phonte & 9th Wonder) on "Be Prepared". Fakts-One & Mr. Lif show up on "Beast Mode" for an ill Perceptionists reunion. Other minor appearances are made by Chuck D & B Real (of Cypress Hill). Along with 9th & Dilla; Illmind, Da Beatminerz, J-Zone, Fakts One, & Therapy lend some of their dopest beats to date.
After about 10 listens, I have yet to reach for the skip button; making for a seamlessly flawless album. Akrobatik balances his messages and battle rhymes brilliantly which never lulls, making for a very strong full listen. For those of you still shouting that hip-hop is dead, be sure to check out Beantown's finest.