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It's Not A Rumour [CD]

Akala Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (1 May 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Illastate
  • ASIN: B000F3A9VC
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,571 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Stand Up [Explicit]Akala 3:400.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Yeah Yeah Yeah [Explicit]Akala 3:510.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. The Edge [Explicit]Akala feat. Niara 3:150.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Shakespeare [Explicit]Akala 4:370.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Carried Away [Explicit]Akala 3:350.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. This is London [Explicit]Akala 3:210.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Bullshit [Explicit]Akala 3:180.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Roll Wid Us [Explicit]Akala 4:080.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Cold [Explicit]Akala 3:190.89  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Hold Your Head Up [Explicit]Akala feat. Selah 3:220.89  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Why Do [Explicit]Akala feat. Ms Dynamite 9:050.89  Buy MP3 
Listen12. The Edge (Mikey J Remix) [Explicit]Akala 4:210.89  Buy MP3 

Product Description

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After a year of underground success including picking up a Channel U award for Best of British, Akala releases his explosive debut album featuring his unique mash up of rock and hip hop. ‘It's Not A Rumour’ is an album that crystallises everything that’s gone before it and smashes through current rap conventions. It draws on a spectrum of influences from balladry and soul to trance, punk and far beyond, incorporating a mixture of live instrumentation and inspired sampling like "London Calling" by The Clash and "Loneliness" by Tomkraft.

BBC Review

Harking back to an era when hip hop meant an infinite horizon of possibilities rather than the blind alley of predictability, 22-year-old London rapper Kingslee Daley (aka Akala) has made what could be a landmark album. On a mission to steal the genre away from its corporate paymasters, this self-released disc fizzles with raw energy and outrageous talent.

Opener and unity anthem "Stand Up" sets his stall out to maximum effect -filthy guitars clashing with a righteous 'state of the nation' address. The Clash are sampled on "This Is London", which swipes the opening bars to "London Calling", but the sets highlight is "The Edge" -a Hendrix-inspired fist of fury featuring power-house guest vocals from Niara.

Elsewhere, Daley tackles everything from the congestion charge to inheritance tax, but there's flashes of humour too ("...got more lines than Whitney's nostrils").

Along with Sway's This Is My Demo and C-Mone's The Butterfly Effect, It's Not A Rumour should be on the shopping list of any right-minded music fan this summer. The UK Urban brand has another name to add to its growing list of majortalent. --Adam Webb

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Roll with him or get rolled over! 18 Mar 2007
Format:Audio CD
Akala is one of a very promising generation of really talented British urban artists who are mounting a serious challenge to the posturing artists from the U.S.

This album oozes class and is excellently produced. It features a range of tones and emotions: from the unforgiving opener 'Stand Up', that asaults the ears with fiece guitars, to the laid back 'Why Do' that features an acoustic rather than electric melody supported by the silky vocals of Ms Dynamite.

I have to confess I was not instantly in love with this album but with repeated listening I grew accustomed to the unusual fusion of guitar and hip-hop that is such a feature of the album, particularly towards the beginning.

In terms of stand out tracks 'Shakespeare' is probably the most obvious candidate: witty and relentless, it is a clever parody of the iconic white bard. Akala is a confident lyricist - "It's William back from the dead" - but his bravado is generally endearing rather than irksome.

'Bullshit' must be a certainty for a live crowd pleaser and its repetitive refrain speaks volumes for the disillusionment that is fast becoming indicative of this turn-of-century's zeitgeist amongst so many disempowered or disenfranchised youth.

There is a real variety of sounds on this album and this ensures that it retains its freshness following repeated listens. His lyrics are full of references to contemporary London culture, and the references to gang and gun culture resonate strongly when considering the recent spate of media coverage on the subject.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brings Hip Hop back from the dead 5 Aug 2006
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Hip Hop has lost its way. It is no longer the medium which tells the world what urban life is. The last few years of hip hop have been about stroking the over-inflated egos of people with no connection to the streets or to real life. I don't care about how much your chains cost, or your guns, or what you think of women. Hip Hop used to be about keeping it real, but seems no-one has since they started using that phrase. So, thank God for the likes of Akala, Plan B and Kanye West... they have their own formulas and they all rap from the heart.

Akala is, for me, the best of the three rappers I just named. Wicked styles, rhymes and deep lyrics. If you don't live in London, you will be taken to a whole new place and a new understanding. This is Hip Hop back from the dead. I just hope it's the start of a new wave. Innovation, heart, street-knowledge, humour, truth... what Hip Hop used to be. No more 50 Cents or Nellys... the future is Akala.

Some track reviews:
1. Stand Up - great intro, hard guitar riffs, definite live/concert favourite.
2. Yeah Yeah Yeah - energy, expression, awesome styles.
3. Edge - a little bit old school; it has a positive feel and is still "real". Bona fide feel-good dancefloor filler.
4. Shakespeare - awesome styles, beats and rhymes. "You think you're good, but you're not - Couldn't close to me inside a phonebox"
5. Carried Away - lower tempo, Ms Dynamite-esque material
6. This Is London - great hooks, makes you stop and listen.
7. Bullshit - Angry young man who knows WHAT he's angry about and WHY. Awesome track.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Do NOT Underestimate Akala 21 Jun 2006
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Akala has to be one of the most underated artists in the UK, you need to buy this and listen to some fresh talent coming out of London, brother to Ms Dynamite but not ridin on that, Akala is coming through as a artist in his own right! Big Album, Worth Every Penny! - AJ - MajorFm.com
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is superb - and Im not even a 'rap' fan 11 May 2006
Format:Audio CD
I'd never heard of Akala until very recently when I popped along to see him at a gig in Notting Hill.

All I can say is that it was simply, mindblowing. This is not the conventional 'rap' that you are used to, in fact I don't think his music can even be labelled. I like to think of it as urban poetry, pure and simple. Akala's lyrics are meaningful, soulful, and at times..so real, downright alarming.

Proof that carrying a gun and wearing 200k worth of jewels doesn't make you a good musician.

Be sure of one thing, this guy will get inside you, keep you listening and coming back for more. Pure excellence.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The future for English Rap 8 May 2006
Format:Audio CD
It is a brilliant album, probably the best English hip hop album around. In fact, i'd say it beats american hip hop easily. The heavy guitar backing is unexpected, but it works really well, and it is sush a break from the usual rap music. The best tracks are: This is London, Stand up, Shakespear, Bullshit and Why do (features his sister, Ms Dynamite).
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Akala is an underated artist. In the UK he is the best artist of his type and even if you compare him to the rest of the world this guy is up thete. I don't understand why he is not more successful then he is.
This album features great tracks and shows Akala's amazing lyrical ability. I hope he gets noticed and that his career gets even better. He is an intelligent guy and a genius MC. I would recommend this album to anyone with musical taste.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! 14 May 2006
Format:Audio CD
This album is just awesome. With this album, Akala partly taps into the niche market that is the fusion between rock and hip-hop and does so masterfully. The remainder of the album is original, but true to UK hip-hop and generally awesome. Can't recommend this album enough - one of the UK albums of 06' for sure.
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