Next up to bat from Boston’s sea of everlasting unsigned hype is Akrobatik, who first got heads attention with his underground 12″, “Say Yes Say Word”. This fun little pro-hip-hop anthem showed some promise, but remained unclear if Akrobatik was ready to enter the rap world, or if he was just another independent artist of the week.
Things changed with his second single, “Internet MC’s” (also included on the CD), a hilarious attack on keystylin’ hip-hop nerds who rock the chat rooms. Ak showed much more promise with this second single, and with the release of The EP, Ak could be ready to move on to the major leagues.
On “Internet MC’s” showed a battle emcee, and in his humble beginnings, that is how Akrobatik can best be recognized. Whether it’s his winning chemistry between his attitude and the track on on “Don’t Fear”, or flawlessly recreating the essence of D&D on on “Ruff Enuff (Remix)” (feat. Afu Ra) and on “The Flow”, this newcomer shines like an old pro.
Unfortunately, Ak’s debut is cut to less than 10 tracks, with not all of them shining bright. Naturally, he’s shown improvement from his earlier material “Say Yes Say Word” and “Militant Raw”, but sometimes strange production, as featured on both “Battle Royal” (feat. Esoteric) and “The Fat Shit pt. 2″ (feat. Mr. Lif), take away from his devastating mic skills.
While it may be hard for many to break from the bedroom backpack world to the street audience, Ak has the potential to do it, thanks to his intelligent lyrics and equal amount of street saavy. All that needs to happen is for an established artist to snatch him up (i.e. Dr. Dre & Eminem; Redman & Saukrates), and the road to success is only a hit record away.
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