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.