on 10 August 2013
Akala is real Hip-Hop. Fake Hip-Hop is the commercialized crap about bling materialism, gang violence and crime. Real Hip-Hop inspires, makes a person think and galvanizes, it's an antidote to ignorance and shines the light of truth on corrupt power structure oppression. The genesis of the art form is intertwined with the social awareness exclaimed at the time by political movements like the Black Panthers, it has a lot more to do with truth and justice than money, guns and degrading women.
A good example to sum it up in one person, would be to look at Tupac Shakur. At an uninformed glance he seemed to promote "Thug Life" and violence, but the truth is that he was the son of a passionate Black Panther Afeni Shakur. His driving passion was to bring positive change for all of society, demand a better status quo and promote harmony between all people;
"Take the evil out the people, they'll be acting right
Cause both Black and White are smoking crack tonight
And the only time we chill is when we kill each other
It takes skill to be real, time to heal each other"
2pac - Changes
"it ain't about black or white, cause we're human. I hope we see the light before its ruined my ghetto gospel".
2Pac - Ghetto Gospel
He did seem to promote negative "Gangsta" culture with some of his work, but the truth is that if you look at his life and what he said, he tried to immerse himself and build the "Thug Life" persona as to then garner the attention and love of people who that vibe spoke to, in an attempt to then lift them out of it with the social awareness and political action. That was his goal, it was not to promote negative culture as could easily be misinterpreted. Hip-Hip music in a broader context is like this, there's a lot of misconception but ultimately the best hip-hop feeds people's brains with knowledge and inspiring thoughts, it's a positive force in the world and Akala is a prime example of this.
on 29 June 2013
Wow what an album. The only problem is you won't be able to listen to any other hip-hop artist again. Every other rapper will leave you unfulfilled in comparison. Its a bit like when parents take their children to Florida one year and then Clacton on sea the next year (no offence to any one in or from Clacton). He's incredible with the syllables and rhythmic flow and the content is far beyond any other artist. Buy this album I promise it will have a profound effect on you. Akala is so much more than a rapper he is a philosopher, intellectual and positive role model who will inspire you to learn and find things out.
on 20 April 2014
Personally my favourite hip hop album of all time. You should buy this because
- It has live band production
- Jazz, rock and blues influences
- Thought provoking lyrics, based on a novel
- Only 12 tracks all of which are madness!
It is simply worth supporting especially since Akala is an independent artist. Support great music!
on 20 December 2013
This is Akala's best album by a long way. Lyrics are intelligent and thought-provoking, over backing tracks with jazz and rock influences. Akala is fast and slick, and the tracks are consistently brilliant. Buy it - and also check out Akala 'fire in the booth' on youtube.
on 9 October 2014
So, so clever, Akala is such an incredibly talented guy, he puts it in a very clever way, haha-brilliantly funny too, but so true and on point! Nice tunage, beautiful music and deep, resonant lyrics make this a all round must have album!