Akala’s third studio album DoubleThink reaffirms his position as one of the most articulate, intelligent and talented MC’s on the planet tackling racism, sexism, religion, the futility of ‘celebrity’ without missing a beat; offering an alternative to the macho gun and bling orientated mainstream of Hip-Hop. This album is more experimental and forward thinking than previous releases with the concept inspired by novels like George Orwell’s ‘1984’, as a result many of the songs deliver a dystopian vision of the future.
What makes this album so significant and important is the lyrics and perfect delivery, Akala utilises every breath to sound his insightful and meaningful message, sometimes agitated, angry, hopeful but always passionate, clear and brutally honest. Musically he continue to plough his own furrow refusing to be pigeonholed strictly within the grime genre successfully fusing it with electro and rock, no mean feat as many an artist has failed to blend these utterly different styles, all adding purveyed self belief that he can overcome any obstacle or societal oppression.
Akala is a refreshing and thought-provoking voice, let’s hope he’s not the only one.