Last updated: 11/15/2004 09:15:49 PM
Psychopathic Records, the axe wielding label that's been bringing audiences the finest in hardcore rap entertainment since 1992, is unleashing a new brand of terror upon the world. Coming down from the heavens to the ghettos of Detroit to your CD player is ABK, with his debut release "Hatchet Warrior". You may need to smoke a pound of green and turn the lights down low when you hear the album, otherwise you may feel like putting a hatchet in someone's back when the music is over.
ABK has slowly been making a name for himself, appearing on past Psychopathic releases such as Twiztid's "Freek Show", Blaze Ya Dead Homie's "1 Less G In Da Hood", and the latest Insane Clown Posse album, "The Wraith: Shangri-La". He's also toured as a rap partner for Blaze when he first signed on to the label, but last year he was given his opportunity to break out as a solo artist on Twiztid's "Mirror Mirror" tour and the 2002 Gathering of the Juggalos. The response to ABK's energetic stage show was phenomenal, and that success is what makes "Hatchet Warrior" one of the most anticipated albums from Psychopathic in the label's history.
With the release of Hatchet Warrior, ABK strengthens his own identity as a rapper rooted in the gangsta tradition, but with a heritage that makes him very unique in the rap business. A native of the Lumbee tribe, ABK represents the struggle of a man with an ancient heritage who's people were a part of the land that was savagely taken over by European conquest, then finds himself in the depraved ghetto struggling to get by in an overly idealistic, violent society. The same society that developed the cities through brutality now teach us to be peaceful in our aggressive, do or die search for money, power and respect. His eyes are constantly towards the stars as he watches the vision of a warrior constellation move slowly across the earth through time, his inner vision allows him to see that the violence of the streets is a continuation of this nation's brutal beginnings.
The high anticipated debut by this Juggalo killer comes after his nationwide tour as the opening act for labelmates Insane Clown Posse. Audiences everywhere are getting a taste of the killer style that is taking over the stages. Songs like "Ghetto Neighbor" and "Gang Related" take the old gangsta formula and flip it like a Jugga-mafia, ruthless to the core but loyal to the people that embrace the Psychopathic style as their own. The music is likely to exceed everyone's expectations, with songs like "Sticky Icky Situation" and "Ya Neden's Haunted" bearing the trademark humor of Psychopathic releases, along with the stellar musical production of Mike Puwal, producer of ICP's "The Wraith: Shangri-La", Dark Lotus "Tales From The Lotus Pod", and Zug Izland "Cracked Tiles". From start to finish, ABK is coming through with one of the best debut albums in the history of the label, and will prove to be one of the top up and coming artists of 2003.