I received this track from an MC named Absolute. Iâ€™m not positive about his age, but I have a feeling heâ€™s rather young. You may notice that I point age out a bit when discussing music. The reason for this is because age takes a factor in how I review peopleâ€™s music when itâ€™s amateur. My logic is if youâ€™re young, but have some flaws, you have room to grow and fix those flaws. If youâ€™re older and have the same flaws as some of the younger MCs then maybe that means you should hang up the mic and try out another hobby. With that out of the way, letâ€™s move on to this (perceived) young manâ€™s music.
Off the bat I dug the beat he chose. It was a solid soulful beat with a nice sample of a soul sistah blowinâ€™ for the hook. After hearing the beat for a few measures, I was really interested to see what dude was going to do with it. I was happy to see he didnâ€™t completely fuck it up. Heâ€™s not the best rapper, but he isnâ€™t horrible either and sounds OK on a beat. He immediately reminded me of a much younger Jeezy because of the gruffness in his voice. As far as technical skill on the mic, he sounded basic. Now, donâ€™t get me wrongâ€¦starting off basic is not a bad thing at all! But going back to what I wrote above, if this guy is in his teens or early 20s Iâ€™d say heâ€™s OK. If this guy were in his mid to late 30s, Iâ€™d have to say, â€bruh, let the dream die.â€
A positive I can give to Absolute is he appears honest. Heâ€™s not writing some derivative bullshit about cars, bitches, guns and drugs. He rhymes about growing up without a dad, mom having issues with the law, dealing with his own self-doubt, etc. Some real life shit. Heâ€™s giving us a taste of his life as a youngster. Yes, I said a taste.Â A small taste. This leads into my gripe with this track.
My issue with this song is the fact that itâ€™s only one verse. This is the only song that he has uploaded on his YouTube page and it only has one sixteen. Thatâ€™s really not enough to judge an MCâ€™s ability unless heâ€™s just amazingly dope. This is like a chef asking you to judge some cookies he baked by only giving you a crumb from the bottom of the pan. Giving us one verse, especially for the type of subject matter Absolute is covering, is just not enough. And I donâ€™t say that because heâ€™s so incredibly dope that Iâ€™m dying for another verse. I say that because this verse doesnâ€™t seem to have any closure leaving the song sounding incomplete. Itâ€™s like half a thought put over music. 1/3 of a spring roll before a meal that youâ€™re not sure youâ€™ll ever get. A trailer to a TV show that youâ€™re not sure you even want to see. My point is I wish this had been a bit more complete so it would have been easier to judge him on, not only his skill as an MC, but as a song writer, which people seem to forget is a very important aspect of being a rapper. The sample was a really cool idea to throw on the track, but it still doesnâ€™t give the track any semblance of completion. A suggestion to Absolute: please finish the track/thought before actually putting it on your mixtape.
Overall, I thought Absolute was decent. Heâ€™s nothing special lyrically, but his passion is what leads me to think that, with some work/tweaking/practice, he could possibly put together a decently solid project. Good luck to him.
â€œI cried when I put you in this verse. For every holiday that passes, thatâ€™s gotta hurt.â€