Abstract Rude

Abstract Rude stands as one of hip-hop's most accessible healers. Since first making regular appearances at L.A.'s legendary Good Life open mic sessions circa 1994, this MC has steadily found the ideal balance of strong lyrical substance and high entertainment value. Unafraid to sing his own hooks and break out multiple flows within single songs, Ab Rude is one of the most multifarious graduates of the fertile L.A. rap scene. Learning from some of the movement's best, the guidance received from his original group, Abstract Tribe Unique (ATU), along with Freestyle Fellowship and the A-Team (Aceyalone & Ab) has proven to be invaluable.

Abstract Rude co-founded the Project Blowed workshop -- the longest running open mic youth workshop in the world and would later go on to co-executive produce the classic compilation Project Blowed. The groundbreaking album showcased Abstract Rude as a skillful MC capable of expressing soulful sentiments with his mystical themes and deeply pronounced baritone. In addition to highlighting the artistic creativity of an L.A. scene known best for its gangsta rap.

In time, Ab Rude has endeared himself to fans worldwide through consistent touring -- most recently with international hip-hop artists DJ Vadim and Yarah Bravo -- and by releasing quality LPs such as P.A.I.N.T in 2001, and Showtyme in 2003. Most comfortable fronting the atmospheric sounds provided by producer Fat Jack on albums such as Underground Fossils in 1997, Mood Pieces in 1998 and South Central Thynk Tank in 1999, Abstract Rude proved that clarity in rap is just as impressive as complexity. His work on the Haiku D'Etat projects with Project Blowedians Aceyalone and Mikah 9 in 2000 and 2004, which merged hip-hop with jazzy soul, only further illustrated his musicıs diversity and ability to capture listeners of various genres.

After recording under the Beastie Boys Grand Royal imprint, Mass Men and Battle Axe, Abstract Rude joins the Rhymesayers Entertainment family with Rejuvenation. On his latest album and first for Rhymesayers, Ab further broadens his medicinal lyricism touching on politics, relationships, and multiple day-to-day issues. And for the first time ever, he worked exclusively with Seattle, Washington beatsmith Vitamin D. With the ever-shifting subject matter and vocal styles on display, Rejuvenation is further proof that Abstract Rude is a true lyrical heavyweight at the top of his game.

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Abstract Rude & Tribe Unique
P.A.I.N.T.
(Keep The Feel Ent.)
Abstract Rude & Tribe Unique
Showtyme!
(Keep The Feel Ent.)
Abstract Rude
Making More Tracks
(Keep The Feel Ent.)
The A-Team a.k.a. Aceyalone & Abstract Rude
Lab Down Under
(Keep The Feel Ent.)
Abstract Rude
Eyes Wide Shuttish: Short Rhymes Vol. 1
(Keep The Feel Ent.)
Abstract Rude & Tribe Unique
P.A.I.N.T. Instrumentals
(Keep The Feel Ent.)
Abstract Rude
Showtyme! Instrumentals
(Keep The Feel Ent.)
Abstract Rude
Making Tracks
(Keep The Feel Ent.)
Abstract Rude
Dear Abbey, the Lost Letters Mixtape
(Keep the Feel Ent.)