…It was about six years ago I got into my mate Damo’s car, and without ceremony he simply said ‘listen to this’ and pressed play on his car stereo, then, hip-hop changed forever! What I was hearing, was a song called ‘Vicious Battle Raps’, with Abdominal proclaiming ‘I like to rap a lot so permit me to rap a little’ and proceeding to do so, all over your eardrums ‘like a Latin wood percussionist’! If you listen to that song, what you will experience is a swift and defining introduction to the music of Canadian-born Abdominal, backed ever faithfully with loops and beats from Britain’s own turntables wizard DJ Format. The jauntiness, the effortless skill, the words woven together like a fine, complex tapestry, the breakneck-pace, the sniper-like deliverance, the plays, puns, polyrhythm, prestissimo, progression and perplexing pronunciation of each perfectly picked poetic phrase – all delivered with accuracy and alacrity. Format and Abs were indeed a marriage made in heaven, with Format’s flow complimenting perfectly Abs’ dexterity as a wordsmith and rapper.
Originally published on NHC Music 04/04/2015