Akala is certainly making head waves in UK hip hop circles gaining respect and acclaim. Certainly he made an impression with me with his first album 'It's Not A Rumour' showing definite skills and good lyrics. UK hip hop is still strong with the youth and there's many budding emcees spitting lyrics in the streets. In fact hip hop is so sophisticated these days so called street heads should be trading their hoodies and sneaks for suits and briefcases.
If you've heard Akala before you won't be surprised by 'Doublethink'. The lyrical content is designed to make you think, as all good conscious hip hop does. It's hard hitting and intense. UK hip hop sometimes has an eclectic mix of sounds and experimentation that makes it different from the States and certainly Akala is experimenting with lots of different sounds - but on occasion it all sounds a bit much. I like his enthusiasm to experiment with guitar styles although unfortunately is doesn't sound as good as Prodigy or Rage Against The Machine.
It's a real shame that the lyrical delivery and lyrics aren't as good as his first album. In fact some phrases are incredibly inferior. It's surprising as conscious wordsmiths should grow, there's definite attitude and strength but lyrically there's nothing new. I like the influences but it seems more scholarly than soul, more preppy rather than punk. The hunger that was apparent on Akala's first album appears to have faded.
It upsets me not to be writing a great review for Akala as he is a credit to the UK. Art is always appreciated but to stand as an emcee consciously is always a hard task. Putting too much experimentation in an album can lose the simplicity of the message and make it all a bit too much and there's a fine line to getting it right. I'm sure there's some who will get behind 'Doublethink' but I feel Akala could've done better.
Date of birth
1st December, 1983
See you there peoples https://t.co/hK08hU5bvU
RT @Printworks_LDN: On sale now: Beat Horizon. Pre-sale tickets sold out in an hour: https://t.co/35Oydw2WOI https://t.co/2uQcLZXjNm
😂😂😂😂😂 Don't start no beef fam.... https://t.co/ntgtHeFQxb
RT @iwilltweet: So #MerkyBooksLive last night was hugely inspiring. Great hosting from @akalamusic, humility from @malorieblackman eloquenc…
RT @BejayMulenga: Absolute pleasure to watch @akalamusic in conversation with #Stormzy at #MerkyBooksLive - black excellence in attendance…
@itsakua Anytime sis, big ups to you and your team... keep shining fam 👊🏾
The OG'S out here @malorieblackman @BZephaniah https://t.co/9KNnbMQcrr
RT @The_Crox: Great hearing #Stormzy @akalamusic @OreOgunb @chelseakwach @malorieblackman and Jude speak at the launch of #MerkyBooksLive l…
RT @thisisspokepod: Inspiring words from @malorieblackman at last night’s #MerkyBooksLive show with @akalamusic @BZephaniah @chelseakwach @…
See you there fam!!! Big ups https://t.co/tDZLKMwleG
Big ups my bro, congrats. Big moves, was good to catch up 👊🏾👊🏾 https://t.co/3Otve5We8s
Yo peeps what questions do you want me ask Stormzy at the #Merky books launch this Wednesday? Tickets here https://t.co/MDMsRHcxlH
Hope you lot have a good chill Sunday.
RT @bcaheritage: #BackBCA: “This work that we do at Black Cultural Archives changes lives, it changes communities. It means that when peopl…
Yo peeps just fyi whats going on @linkuptv @SBTVonline @GRMDAILY https://t.co/ywogJhaj0g
Yo peeps this Wednesday at The Barbican I'll be in conversation with Stormzy about the launch of his new book. A wh… https://t.co/9GR11oW8Xn
Man like Zephaniah 👊🏾👊🏾👊🏾 https://t.co/dnT83OjFkS