You must be high as kites
Figure you can fuck with the nicest
I'm off the scale, like Hampstead house prices
Yeah Yeah Yeah by Akala

Hampstead is an expensive area in North-West London.

How expensive?

Cheap properties are £500-£600 a week, meanning they’re £25k to £32k per year

Considering that the average earning per year in the UK is £26.5k, you can see these are not houses for the 99%

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You can only break a diamond with a piece of the same stone
Where strong beyond measure, ask your professor
How do you make a diamond? A billion years of pressure
And a diamond is found where? At first within the rough
So no matter where were at there's a diamond inside of us
Where I'm From by Akala

He tries to be inspiring and positive here, and emphasises that no one is worthless if they perserve

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I’m a cannibal animal still Hannibal right Old Yellow Bricks Freestyle (Arctic Monkeys) by Akala

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I am the start and the end like the reckoning Old Yellow Bricks Freestyle (Arctic Monkeys) by Akala

Ah yes, this one.

I’m going to go on a limb, and say that the Reckoning, Judgement Day, is the end of one world and the beginning of another, a supreme Afterlife.

What Akala means is that his presence in Hip hop is the end of a lacklustre era, and the beginning of a Renaissance

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Though I’ve never been to Brazil I still feel the pain Old Yellow Bricks Freestyle (Arctic Monkeys) by Akala

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So don’t be surprised if I don’t make playlists
Cause I don’t minstrel dance or paint faces
Old Yellow Bricks Freestyle (Arctic Monkeys) by Akala

The idea that commercial hip hop is a new form of racist entertainment is something that has become much prominent nowadays, even earning its own video

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Youth, dem a blow ya brain out
Cause ya got ya chain out
So what real good is a name now?
Yeah Yeah Yeah by Akala

A little consciousness in this song, Akala throughout It’s Not a Rumour, and his career, hated how the young in modern Britain is so violent. He even expands this into the Third World in Carried Away

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There's a lot of talk, who flow the meanest
Work it out; it don't take a genius
Yeah Yeah Yeah by Akala

Many MCs claim to be the best, but by listening to this track you’ll realise that it’s actually Akala who comes out on top.

It’s not difficult, but if you’re struggling at least you have Rap Genius to help you figure it out!

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Nigga with charisma, that would turn a dike
That's why I've had more blows than opponents
Hoes don't know how I flow
Yeah Yeah Yeah by Akala

Akala can turn, or “unlesbian” a lesbian, because he has so much charisma. As a result, he gets blown (recieves oral sex) more than his rivals get beat down with physical or lyrical blows. These ‘hoes’ don’t know how good he really is.

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All you so called 'Hot Boys' paranoid
No paragraphs parallel, this is Paradise
I'm a paragon, leave you parasites paralysed
My parables parachute here to Paraguay
It's paramount you don't fuck with I
Yeah Yeah Yeah by Akala

This alliteration of plosive sounds is brilliant.

Paragraphs parallel…Paradise = Heavenly or God-given lyrics

Paragon = a model of excellence (literal definition)

Paramount = supreme

Parables parachute…to Paraguay = Akala has actually been known to have global tours and was the first rapper to headline his own tour in Vietnam

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