Absolute Power | A Vision of Kings

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A Vision of Kings

by Absolute Power

Unconventional, lyrical, slightly off kilter, distinct, industry ignoring underground sounds to envelop your ear drums.
Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap: Hip Hop
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1. AP Intro
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2. Keep Diggin
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3. Dirty Dozen
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4. Cold Winter
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5. Unlimited
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6. D.P.O.
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7. Dynasty
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8. Adam & Eve
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9. Expansion
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10. Keep Doubting Me
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11. Cloud the Air
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12. Release Me (Exodus)
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13. I Dunno (bonus feat. Skills Foundation)
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14. Skills Found (bonus feat. Skills Foundation)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Remember the hip-hop you used to love? When it was about lyrical deftness and wordplay wizardry. When it was about then a hot single, but making a special album. When it was more about being the most talented not the owning the most guns? When ORIGINALITY was key?......welcome back to that world.....




Absolute Power is the collaborative effort of MoJo King and Vision. Their sound has been labeled “Intelligent, Elitist Hip-Hop.” They are part of a segment of lyricists who see music as an Art form instead of just an economic vehicle. Taking to heart D.O.C.'s definition of "R.hythmic A.merican P.oetry".

Though they met in Orlando while attending the University of Central Florida, MoJo is from (and now again resides in) Brooklyn, New York. Vision, born in Greenwood, South Carolina, now resides in the Melbourne, Florida area. Although from completely different backgrounds they are unified in the idea of pushing the envelope, driving listener's down an unbeaten path.

The title of their debut album is “A Vision Of Kings”…for obvious as well as subtle reasons. Absolute Power is Hip-Hop Music for the discriminating listener. MoJo King and Vision’s collaborative efforts cater to an audience that places originality at a higher priority than mass appeal.

As two of the five founding members of the Original Skills Foundation, the duo established themselves (along with Hemys, CL Mecca, and Flowtation) as Hip-Hop purists, placing conceptual wordplay and self-expression above clichés and posturing.

Absolute Power’s lyrics are ripe with double-entendre, extended metaphor, visual storytelling, building each line off the last. The idea simple, to create something that on the 10th, 20th listen still has the feel of something new as the listener catches the disrceetly embedded wordplay. The musical arrangements are kaleidoscopic juxtapositions of Jazz, Classical, African and Eastern aesthetics…just the way Hip-Hop should be.

Distinct and different, Absolute Power clearly is not a sound you have heard before. This isn’t the honey-coated prostitution and bubblegum, violence you’re used to. It’s dope beats, ill rhyme, and nasty flows you’d expect from 21st Century Hip-Hop Elitists.


MoJoKing note:
We post our reviews regularly on this page, good or bad from established publications....read them and see if we are for you. The music is from our heart and made with all the brain power we can muster.....we forgot to check our pockets, hopefully the purity of it will be as special to you as it is to us!!
oh yeah....we left a present for cd buyer's at the end of the album. Vision with a cold!


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Hemys

These guys are taking hip-hop forward to bring it back!!!
Ok, so I know who these guys are. I'm not here acting like I don't. But this CD is by far, one of the most honest albums I've heard in a long time. The themes range from aggression to an outpouring of emotion you wouldn't expect from a hip-hop album. I love the fact that each song has its own identity and purpose. My favorite songs are Cold Winter and Dynasty because I love that head knock hip-hop and those songs definitely deliver. If you listen closely to the lyrics, you'll understand why they named it A Vision of Kings. Keep doing it my brothers!

Patty Simpson

Love Hip-Hop? Wanna hear something DIFFERENT?!! BUY IT
Self proclaimed, “Intelligent, Elitist Hip-Hop.” is absolutely true! CD is in regular rotation! I love the fact that it's not like what I hear on the radio. It's about dope beats, serious lyrics & different sounds on every song! Adam & Eve is great! Cold Winter & Keep Doubtin me are my favorites!! Thanks for putting this out there!

Says You Monthly

Representing the UK
We reviewed this CD a month ago. Strange that these artists are from the US, their sound is burning across the pond something fierce.

HipHopLinguistics

Official review from HipHopLinguistics.com
A Vision of Kings....made for industry ignoring music listeners who don't mind getting dirty digging for new and unique sounds.

Absolute Power is a Hip-Hop group featuring the Emcee / Producer duo of MoJo King and Vision. They were 2 of the 5 founding members of the Original Skills Foundation. Along with Flowtation, Hemys, and CL Mecca they carved out a flavor that focuses on lyrics instead of gimmicks and originality instead of guns, drugs, and jewelry.

Absolute Power’s sound focuses on more music instead of samples. They blend styles from different genres of music and lay heavy drum tracks over violins, pianos, horns, strings, flutes, and acoustic bass. The album’s lyrics include storytelling, wordplay, politics, God, and more. The lyricists cite Rakim, Ras Kass, Chuck D, and Slick Rick as influences. Because of the blend of musical styles, there aren’t many people you can liken their sound to.

If you dig tight lyrics, experimental music, and a sound free from the mindless gun/bling/girl talk you hear on the radio, you will probably dig 'A Vision of Kings' from Absolute Power"

indiematters.com

official published review from indiematters.com
I have to admit that I was filled with a bit of skepticism when I read the self-description 'Intelligent, Elitist Hip-Hop' on the band's bio page. That skepticism was somewhat misplaced. A Vision of Kings does, at times, slip into some stereo typical musical moments (Cold Water and Keep Doubting Me), but the lyrical content has much more substance than what I would expect from a Hip Hop record. So I would have to say that I am very much on board with the 'Intelligent' label...even if I'm not sure what to make of the 'Elitist' label.

The stereo typical musical moments mentioned really only appear on a few songs and, for the most part, the feel and grooves laid out on this record are more of the smooth variety. At some points...very smooth. At one point I thought the sound had a modern Digable Planet vibe (Unlimited) and at other points was impressed with the subtle approach (Keep Digging).

The production on the record is very professional from nearly start to finish. The bottom end is full without covering the subtle nuances and strings that fill in the highs. The vocals are crisp sounding and delivered with a very good sense of rhythm. I was most into the vocal rhythms when the vocalist would break down into a stutter step/scat phrase. The bonus track, Skills Found, is not quite on par with the polished sound of the rest of the record and could probably be done away with. But, seeing as it is placed at the very end of the disc as a Bonus Track, it doesn't disturb the ebb and flow of the rest of the record.

A Vision of Kings definitely deserves a listen if you find smooth Hip Hop to be something in your current library. It might not be ground breaking enough to lure those not into Hip Hop, but it is a very good sounding record none the less. Very much worth a listen and try.

Dirceu

Quality hiphop & rap - Get this CD the tracks are hot!
Quality hiphop&rap: Here you will find dope beats unified smoothly with intricate lyrics. This albumn is hot...I copped mines wheres yours?!?!!!

Platform8470

Official published review
Welcome ladies and gentlemen once again, as if we never left', the voice sample in the first track goes; conceptually introducing Absolute Power as if they have always been here. You might think different as you’ve probably never heard of ‘em. Both are founding members of the purist hip-hop Original Skill Foundation and now MoJo King (NY) and Vision (FL) teamed up for A Vision Of Kings. Clearly not only a wordplay on their own names, but also the glue that unifies their tracks: a vision, a message and a statement.

You’ll actually have to sit back for your listening ventures, cuz this is not your typical easy listening hip-hop. Almost every track is double-sensed and drained with emotions that slap you in the face, or even kick you from one corner to another... Melancholy for instance, in the slow yet hard and galactic 'Dirty Dozen', (a dedication to the once who have been supportin since day one) and in the desprate 'DPO'. Then again Mo and Vision also match perfectly on the joyful lovesong 'Adam & Eve' or the fired up somehow military 'Cold Winter'. A wide range of styles indeed, with one thing in common: personal expression is wrapped around wordplay and vice versa.

Striking for the whole album actually is the fact the tracks are in someway transcending time and space, as well on the production as on the lyrical level. One time a track has this good old skool feel ('Unlimited' even made us draw comparisons with LL’s 'I Need Love'!), another time around the exact same song makes you go think this is abstract futuristic stuff , or it takes you back to the mid-90’s ('Skills Found' with the other Foundation members).

Absolute Power created a mature record inspired by their own outside-of-the-box-thinking definition of hip-hop, which makes this album not so accessible voor the narrow minded or lazy listener. It took a while for us to appreciate (let alone comprehend – no pun intended) the style and concepts, but it most def did grow on us. So check it out, cause why wouldn’t you be in for a challenge?

posted by: C.Wulf | 01-23-2006 | rated: checkit

Hiphopnew.de

official review from german underground music site hiphopnews.de
google translation....so any typo's blame them!


First to clarifying the title: the title of the LP “A vision OF Kings” is not a word plaything of vision and MoJo King because of their name, but rather a characterisation of their TRACKs, which contain first of all a vision and a Message. Accordingly the disk is also emotion-filled and piece far also personal, which one can hear at the style and at the total concept in the best way. Besides it is added that vision and MoJo King can harmonieren perfectly with one another, as one with the tribute for its fans of the first hour (“Dirty Dozen”), which the listener with the search for something special one and something secret one to help is, at which somewhat harder number “Cold winters” or with the perfectly sounding Lovesong “Adam & Eve” confidently determine may. Sound-technically the Longplayer lies unfortunately not completely on the level like the RAP Skills or the Lyrics, for it however still within a tidy range! Besides the sound carpets sound very abwechlsungsreich and innovative: times oldschool lastig, times futuristically.
Altogether a convincing debut album with only few losses or other objections, which was produced up to an exception completely in self-direction. One must however however two or three times hears to the album pleases correctly… Thus insert, back-lean and in all peace enjoy CD.


Anspieltipps: Dirty Dozen, Cold winters, Adam & Eve, Dynasty

Result: Lyrically a strong debut album. Loose Beats meets serious Lyrics and different sounds. Thats hiphop from the heart!