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Explicit Version: Rap vocals of Talib Kweli and Chuck D. Akrobatik (real name Jared Bridgeman) is a rapper who hails from the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. He has collaborated numerous times with many fellow Boston rappers, and formed a hip hop collective named the Perceptionists with Mr. Lif and Fakts One. Akrobatik has gained respect on the Boston hip-hop scene and beyond by combining political consciousness with battle style aggressiveness in his lyrics. Akrobatik is featured on Snacky Chan's album Part of the Nation, as well as in the popular Playstation 2 game Amplitude, where he raps in the song, 'Out the Box', as well as providing voiceovers for tutorials. His song 'Remind My Soul' was independently ranked as the 83rd best rap song of all time. Fat Beats Records. 2008.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 19, 2008)
  • Parental Advisory ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fat Beats
  • ASIN: B0010X5J7K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #276,768 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Last month Akrobatik came to town as one third of the Perceptionists. While Mr. Lif is the most well known member of the crew Akrobatik has been an underground mainstay dating back to 1998 when he started dropping classic 12's and repping Boston to the fullest.

While always an amazing emcee his skill's were, and still are, at a level many can't mess with. This can prove to be a double edge sword as it provided Ak with much critical acclaim but little support from more than the hardest of heads. With the release of his sophomore album Absolute Value, Akrobatik has to be aiming for that mass appeal.

Teaming with Fat Beats, he went for broke and pulled out all the stops. Absolute Value is filled with great guest spots and production from a who's who in the Hip Hop underground. But the guests don't take anything away from what it is Akro is trying to provide to the people and that is some classic Hip Hop for your listening pleasure.

His greatest gift is his voice. It's deep but not gruff; he can rock a hard core banger like the opener "A to the K" with B-Real on the hook (watch out for a remix with a full verse from the Cypress Hill front man!) and then flip it up over the always dusty drums of Brooklyn's own Da Beatminerz on "Soul Glo." Along with some nice piano keys and some chopped up horn stabs it's good to hear Evil Dee and Mr. Walt still rocking and listening to Akrobatik rhyme smoothly over their beat sounds perfect!

And this is pretty much the formula for the entire album, dope beats and dope rhymes. Illmind shows up and continues to demonstrate how he intends to wreck the game delivering four beats each with a different vibe but still maintaining a cohesive mood for Akrobatik to set for his album.
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In 2008, few albums could go head to head with albums like Nas' untitled album or Lil Wayne's Tha Carter III, but Akrobatik's Absolute Value was a worthy contender and still sounds very good today. Hard, smart and complex rhyme flows and rock solid, diverse beats make Absolute Value a strictly hip hop affair with lots of delectable flavor. The only shortcoming here would have to be not many specific topics of social/political urgency, but Ak's amazing mic skills will leave you breathless and intoxicated.
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Akrobatik - Absolute Value (Fat Beats, 2008)

It makes me mad every time someone says that hip-hop ain't what it used to be and that it's too wack now. What, there weren't any wack rappers back in 1988 or 1994? Anyway, you just have to know where to look and similar to the good ol' days when good rappers were on indie labels like Sleeping Bag and Nervous, look to indie labels of today for that real stuff. Fat Beats is one of them and it's where Boston rapper Akrobatik releases his second album (first for them), Absolute Value.

If you checked out his past work by himself or with his Perceptionists crew, you know that he is pretty gifted on the mic. And if that weren't enough, the list of producers on this album is like a backpacker's wet dream (J-Zone, J Dilla, Da Beatminerz, Illmind, 9th Wonder and of course, Fakts One of the Perceptionists). Song after song, Ak brings the pain, so much that he outshines most of the guest stars (well, it is his album, after all). On "Be Prepared", for example, it's hard to tell if Ak or Little Brother's Phonte has the best verse. Other songs that should gain acclaim are "Front Steps Pt. II", "Put Ya Stamp On It" with Talib Kweli and the Perceptionists reunion, "Beast Mode".

Even though "If We Can't Build" with Bumpy Knuckles sounds like a last-minute track, you can't front on Akrobatik. He'll always give you dope rhymes and you should appreciate the absolute value of them. -EJR
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Akrobatik's "Absolute Value" is a top runner from 2008. This album plays front to back with no skip material in between. Lyrically, Akrobatik is on top of his game. I've played this album many times and I'm still just now catching what he's getting at in his verses. The production is graet throughout this album, and it should be with the likes of Illmind, 9th Wonder, J Dilla (R.I.P., J-Zone, Da Beatminerz, and a few others. Guest appearances are in abundance; normally this would be a derogatory thing, but when you have B. Real (of Cypress Hill), Talib Kweli, Chuck D, and Little Brother, it couldn't possibly go wrong, right? Right Indeed. This album is a must have, grab it as soon as you can.

Lyrics- 9.5/10
Production- 9/10
Guest Appearances- 9/10
Overall Sound- 10/10

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-Shaun B.
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