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Akir Legacy Viper Records/One Ent • 2006

Featured in the Source’s 'Unsigned Hype' in 2005, a member of The Reavers collective, and signed to Viper Records, Akir has released his first full length after the independently released 'Street Edition' series. Holdin beats that smell like that typical NY street spirit and lyrics (and skits) that are social aware and politically inspired, 'Legacy' is a nice social musical document, offering an in-depth view on how street life is lived and the game is played.

'Politricks' anticipated this album and impressed us more lyrically than the low-profile production did; 'Politicians that be gargling that garbage shit, bargain with anonymous officers of opposite, doctrines for the legal tender documents, pocketin the profits', revealing Akir’s finesse with language, flippin dope metaphors and intricate rhyme patterns. 'Cell phone verbiage, micro waved preservatives, medicated nervousness', he raps in the strong, manifestoes 'Apocalypse'. Akir’s analysis is sharp and well-thought over, with a strong opinion behind every line. The eerie, piano-dominated production, mostly by Akir himself and his brother Southpaw, is ghetto-style and the perfect soundtrack for Akir’s topics and themes, evoking feelings of hope, strength but also melancholy, soreness and despair. Highlighted collabos are 'Treason' where Immortal Technique raps raw droppin a few poignant rhymes 'While the Government talk about a mission to Mars, they leave the hood stuck in a position of starve', 'Change Of The Seasons' with Hasan Salaam and containing a lot of imagery, ànd the escapism of 'Tropical Fantasy', where the chemistry between Jean Grae and Akir is tight, with only the chorus sounding a bit uninspired.

'Legacy' is not a classic, but it reaches a high level on a lyrical side, provin the critics right when they compare him with Nas, although Akir leaves a more profound criticism and a very thorough insight in social and political issues. 'I never tried to be like Nas, I’m my own man, respect to that nigguh though, it’s the same thing they used to do with him with Ra, take it as a complement' he rhymes on 'Mood Music'. Whether Akir’s career will take the same leap as Nas's or he will get the same status as Rakim's is doubtful, but this album will definitely expand his fan base.

POSTED ON 03|20|2006 by cpf

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