Absolute Value (album)

Absolute Value is the second studio album by Boston rapper Akrobatik.[11] It was released on February 19, 2008 by Fat Beats Records. The album features guest appearances by hip hop luminaries such as Talib Kweli, Chuck D, and B-Real, as well as production by the likes of 9th Wonder, Illmind, J Dilla, and Da Beatminerz. Despite receiving rave reviews, the album has sold about 600 units in its opening week.[12]

Absolute Value
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 19, 2008 (2008-02-19)
GenreHip hop
LabelFat Beats Records
ProducerIllmind, Da Beatminerz, J Dilla, Hezekiah, 9th Wonder, J-Zone, DJ Therapy, Tzarizm, DJ Fakts One
Akrobatik chronology
Absolute Value
Built to Last
Singles from Absolute Value
  1. "A to the K / Beast Mode"
    Released: 2006
  2. "Put Ya Stamp on It"
    Released: 2008
Professional ratings
Review scores
The Phoenix[7]

Critical reception

Marisa Brown of AllMusic gave the album 4 stars out of 5, saying, "Absolute Value has a few requisite tracks -- the melancholy 'Rain,' the sweet 'Back Home to You' -- but it also has a lot of sharp, thoughtful, fun material that knows how to keep the audience moving, both in body and mind."[3] J-23 of HipHopDX gave the album a 4.0 out of 5 and said, "you won't find anything on this album that will have you reaching for the skip button."[5]

Andrew Martin of PopMatters gave the album 7 stars out of 10, calling it "a strong representation of Ak's versatility as an emcee."[8] Max Herman of XLR8R gave the album a 7.5 out of 10, saying, "the MC leaves the greatest impression when he balances his hard-hitting approach with focused subject matter as he does on the Little Brother-assisted 'Be Prepared,' a soulful examination of the rap game."[10]

Track listing

1."A to the K" (featuring B-Real)Illmind2:52
2."Soul Glo"Da Beatminerz2:38
3."Put Ya Stamp on It" (featuring Talib Kweli)J Dilla3:22
4."Step It Up"Hezekiah3:02
5."Rain" (featuring Brenna Gethers)Illmind3:11
6."Be Prepared" (featuring Little Brother)9th Wonder3:40
7."Absolute Value"J-Zone2:43
8."Black Hell Breaks Loose" (featuring Willie Evans Jr. and DJ Therapy)DJ Therapy3:36
9."Kindred" (featuring Chuck D and Brenna Gethers)Illmind4:00
10."Front Steps Pt. II (Tough Love)"Tzarizm3:34
11."Beast Mode" (performed by The Perceptionists)DJ Fakts One3:09
12."If We Can't Build" (featuring Bumpy Knuckles)Illmind3:00
13."Ak B. Nimble"Baba Israel2:55
14."Back Home to You"DJ Therapy6:35


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  4. S., Nathan. "Akrobatik - Absolute Value". DJBooth.net. Retrieved September 7, 2011.
  5. J-23 (February 20, 2008). "Akrobatik - Absolute Value". HipHopDX.
  6. "HipHopLinguistics review". Hiphoplinguistics.com. February 19, 2008. Archived from the original on July 23, 2011. Retrieved September 7, 2011.
  7. Graham, Andrew (February 26, 2008). "Akrobatik - Absolute Value - Fat Beats". The Phoenix.
  8. Martin, Andrew (March 2, 2008). "Akrobatik: Absolute Value". PopMatters. Retrieved September 7, 2011.
  9. Juon, Steve (February 5, 2008). "Akrobatik :: Absolute Value :: Fat Beats Records". Rapreviews.com. Retrieved September 7, 2011.
  10. Herman, Max (March 18, 2008). "Akrobatik - Absolute Value". XLR8R.
  11. Jones, Kevin (May 2008). "Akrobatic - Absolute Value". Exclaim!.
  12. Ewing, Aliya (February 27, 2008). "Hip Hop Album Sales: Week Ending 2/24/08 | Get The Latest Hip Hop News, Rap News & Hip Hop Album Sales". HipHopDX. Retrieved September 7, 2011.
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