Album: Escape From The Pigeon Hole
Song: "Heaven's Demon"
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Canadian rapper and buddy of DJ Format, Abdominal is bizarrely underrated hip-hop artist. Maybe it's the terrible name, or just the fact that a white Jewish Canadian - a demographic not exactly known for being a wellspring of hip-hop. His flow is voluble and punchy and delivered in a cadence that kinda reminds me of a more uptempo Oatie from The Goats. His rhymes are fairly clever and humorous, and the beats and samples are pretty tight for the most part, particularly when Format, Cut Chemist or DJ Fase turn up.
I was tempted to put up Breathe Later
or Radio Friendly
as top track, but whilst both are top tracks, they felt slightly too gimmicky, the former being about just how long Abs can rap without taking a breath, the latter a long list of "Fucks".
The likes of T. Ode
(about his home town of Toronto), Pedal Pusher
(about his fondness for cycling) and Big Track
(about McDonalds paying musicians to mention their products) are all strong tracks, too, but the peanut goes to Heaven's Demon
, with Abdominal backed by DJ Format.