Sunday, June 26, 2011
Dont Forget About Akinyele
Thats right, dont forget about him. Akinyele to me was one of the illest rhymers out there in golden era of hip-hop. His style was crazy!
Yall should know his story......dont you? Back in 1993, him and Nas was shoppin for a deal. We all know how Nas turned out, and Akinyele soon got his chance to shine. His 1st Lp was a pretty solid one. With the classic " The Bomb", he showcased his ill rhyme skills over a phat dope beat. Then other joints like "I Luv Her" and the controversial "Break A Bitch Neck" further drove his name out there as one of hip-hop brightest newcomers. My fav. joint off that Lp was "No Exit", but the version im talkin about was not on the LP it was a remix and i was only able to get that off a Stretch & Bobbito Show. By late '95 Akinyele was a legit hip-hop artist, he was featured on many joints with other emcees and did countless joints for mixtapes. But the track that put him over the top was "Put It In Your Mouth"! I remember when i started hearing about this track was through other people singin it. I was confused at 1st, i kept askin people what the hell yall sayin? is this a new slang term? WTF? Thats when i knew that this track was one of those underground joints that only way u would know about it is to keep your ear in the streets. It was a huge underground track cause remember there was no vid for this song. Thats crazy if u think about it, that this song was so huge with no vid and it spread like wildfire with no internet as well! Crazy! But my joint of the EP was the classic "Fuck Me For Free"!! I used to bang this track non-stop!! The vid was a classic as well using a pajama party theme, very creative! So these 2 songs alone further put his name out there as a real dope emcee. Also dont forget about " In the World (orig. version) or (LP version". Those 2 tracks was on many mixtapes.
In '96 he still kept things movin with a classic track he did for Funk Flex Vol. 2 wit Sadat X "Loud Hangover"! U talkin about a banger! Man, i used bump this track daily! I couldnt wait for the video to come on Rap City & Yo! MTV Raps so i could bang it some more! So now Ak had enjoyed real great success with classic tracks already under his belt. But to me, sadly enough this was the beginning of the end. From '97-'00 Akinyele kinda scaled back a little bit and u barely saw him and the LPs he was puttin out at that time was strictly XXX. Now i have no problem wit XXX, but Ak to me had more potential than that. He didnt have to fully go that route. Then what shocked me was his appearance on a Heather Hunter rap vid on BET Uncut a couple years ago. Im still stunned by that.
All in all just remember the Ak from '93-'96. His flow and delivery was one of the dopest. Its sad people seem to forget how dope he really was and how he used the underground to his advantage! Very rare for a emcee to do that back then. So whatever u want to call him...Aki, Akneyel or Aka-fella just remember the name and check his resume!