on 15 June 2011
So basically I was introduced to akala through lowkeys remix 'I still believe', this was in jan 2010, since then till march 2011, am ashamed I let akala go by, but his name was still eteched in my head, and i rerally liked his appearance in the remix, then news came by new album due to be released and I though about learning more about this artist, I admit it I goggled up and downloaded his previous albums and mix tapes, but not his new album, put it this way I still haven't even heard his new album!!! other than his single 'find no enemy'.
I started of listening to his first album, 'its not a rumour', loved every tune, learnt allot about earlier life, about his mathematical interests and his restaurant.
My favourite lyric that I loved the most from this album was
Yeah I had a struggle, but really its
When you think of all the millions barely
living and hopeless,
In the news Mother and child, bellies
Put yourself in their shoes, knowin' death
But its not fate, its bait, they were thrown
The deep end of the endless ocean of mans
sin, //cold//its not a rumour//akala
just goes to show, how his mentality works and how he compared western issues with 3rd world issue. So my next listen was War mix tapes, got to see a real dark side of akala, even though war mixtape one was moody compared to war mixtape 2 but I enjoyed his approach into the mix tapes, they allowed him to express his flow on various beats, which in my opinion he HAS the best flow, point proven in 'rap, rock, electro kid', welcome to England part 1 and part2, really does sum up England's ideological view of a ghetto, you also get to learn akala mean cannot be moved, you also learn how akala used the word nigga quite often in war mixtape one but in mixtape two, he ditched the word due to its history, mixtape 2 had allot more electro theme to it and his flow matched some awesome beats like prodigy that I thought it was impossible and thought whoa, I want to be a rap, rock electro kid too!!!
As for war mixtape 2, I personally think this is where akala really did shine, mixtape one as stated earlier was moody, part two brought a cocky approach by akala, to be honest he does justice in show casing his lyrical skill and telling other mc's to re-check their "great" self claimed status, some memorable lyrics were from juelz
`who the best, come on// am so SICK, I don't spit// I throw up//don't understand// you will when you grow up// your boys to wet. So he can't blow up'
See the ironic meaning there based on the idea that sick is cool these days, so to be sick and throw up a mouthful is extra cool compared to someone who just spits a few bars, note again he says throw up, basically when you throw up(literally), it comes from deep inside the body, using this metaphorically you can describe alkalis lyrics, they are deep, coming from deep inside of him, and touching his listeners deeply too. See what I mean, akala is to sick!!!
Time for freedom lasso now, in my personal comparison this album had less of a track list but it packed more metaphors, similes and of course the dictionary compared to the previous releases, the lyrics are allot tighter and more complex, also the beats are allot different, allot more electro compared to the earlier chosen beats, however there is one irritating track on there, I aint saying o more, other than that one irritating track I think the album is nice, I would say this album is a more mature akala, tackling independent thinking and not following stupid ideology, which akala tackles with awesome lyrics and singing, such tracks that describe this best is the opening electro living, where am from and I don't know. Just got my delivery of Doublethink today about 2hours ago, bruv my long review that hardly makes sense is about to be cut short, akala fire in the booth, f64, a64, a little darker, live shows all wicked, I can't wait to hear doublethink for the first time, the packaging is nice, especially the inlay, like it, time to insert my cd!!!.......
"You know, don't ask me
I'm not a prophet
I'm not the answer
I'm just a rapper
A little boy from North London
What you've heard for the last 40 minutes
It's my opinion
My thoughts, my feelings
It's not right, it's not wrong
It's just what it is
It's just Akala"
I don't know//freedom lasso/akala
so been almost a week, after hearing the album, it is a huge difference compared to his other albums, but the content and high class lyricsm is still there, the flow and the beat of track labeled 'physco', actually feels like a psycho, the end tongue twister just wrapped it all up, i think alot of artistic people try to make a timeless product, something that will stand the test of time, in my opinion 'find no enemy' is probably the one track that will be timeless, anyhow as predicted in the title, worth every penny.