STYLE: Hip-Hop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 82246-15665 LABEL: Ace Records 506018370093 FORMAT: CD Album RELEASE DATE: 2009-12-21 RRP: £8.50
Reviewed by Steve Hayes
18 year old Victor 'Victizzle' Akata from East London is an MC, producer and is now studying music and media management at university. His heart is to speak, letting God control his words and speak Christ into people's lives ("Welcome 2 My World"). Victizzle takes us through his life in the bouncing "Come A Long Way"). The project mixes bassline-filled beats with Victizzle issues a challenge to the streets through the album, encouraging people to let the Holy Spirit change them ("Jam Yourself"). There are a number of jump-up tracks such as "AV" with Utter Once and the contemporary, almost pop flavoured "Can't Take It From Me". The astute and politically perceptive "iPray" sees Victizzle and Tunday with hearts cry to take away pain and hate, for God's love and peace to bring a brighter day and way. Guests throughout the album add extra layers and flavas to the project, such as the unexpected collab with the R&B pop girls BlushUK ("Smile") and the slower roller in "Life" with Lola Goodhead. The slower pace continues with deeply powerful "Father" with one of the tastiest rolling beats on the project. This stands in stark contrast to the soca, African-infused "iSing", guaranteed to get you jumping and bouncing wherever you are! Like the Tunday project, we end with an acoustic guitar-based track, "Me, Myself & iPod". An inventive set.
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