Abstract Rude

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Abstract Rude
Birth name Aaron Palmer
Also known as Ab Rude, Abbey Rude
Origin Los Angeles, California, US
Genres Underground hip hop
Occupations Rapper
Years active 1992–present
Labels Rhymesayers Entertainment
Associated acts Project Blowed, Haiku D'Etat, The A-Team, Abstract Tribe Unique
Website www.abstractrude.com

Aaron Pointer, better known by his stage name Abstract Rude, is a rapper from Los Angeles, California.

He is the MC of Abstract Tribe Unique, alongside dancers Zulu Butterfly and Irie Lion King, turntablist DJ Drez and producer Fat Jack.[1] He is also a member of Haiku D'Etat along with Myka 9 and Aceyalone[2] and The A-Team along with Aceyalone.[3]


Abstract Rude's talent was first recognized by Fat Jack. He was soon a regular of hip hop workshop at The Good Life Cafe. However, it wasn't until he handed a tape to Mike D at Grand Royal that Abstract Rude started turning heads worldwide. This got him on the 1994 Grand Royal mixtape Mixed Drink with "Torn" and "Strength of A.T.U." In 1995, he was on Mixed Drink 2 with "Ab Dawlin" and again with "Torn" and "Strength of A.T.U."

Abstract Rude is a co-founder of the hip hop collective Project Blowed. He is prominently featured on many of its artists' releases, as well as Project Blowed and Project Blowed 10th Anniversary compilations, The Good Brothers compilation, and Fat Jack's Cater to the DJ series of albums.

Abstract Rude is a member of Abstract Tribe Unique along with Tribe Unique, which is an interpretive dance duo consisting of Zulu Butterfly and Irie Lion King. They have released several albums such as Underground Fossils, Mood Pieces and P.A.I.N.T.[citation needed]

In 2009, Abstract Rude released the album Rejuvenation on Rhymesayers Entertainment.[4] It is entirely produced by Vitamin D.[5]


Abstract Rude is featured prominently in the award-winning documentary This Is the Life, chronicling the music movement that was birthed at The Good Life Cafe in South Central Los Angeles. The Good Life Cafe is the open-mic workshop where he first performed in the early 1990s. It was also home to Freestyle Fellowship and Jurassic 5.[citation needed]



  • Making Tracks (2002)
  • Making More Tracks (2004)
  • Still Making Tracks (2004)
  • Rejuvenation (2009)
  • Steel Making Trax (2010)
  • Dear Abbey (2012)

Abstract Tribe Unique[edit]

  • Underground Fossils (1996)
  • Mood Pieces (1997)
  • South Central Thynk Taynk (1998)
  • P.A.I.N.T. (2001)
  • Showtyme (2003)

Haiku D'Etat[edit]

The A-Team[edit]

  • Who Framed the A-Team? (2000)
  • Lab Down Under (2003)
  • Who Reframed the A-Team? (2006)


Guest appearances[edit]

  • Aceyalone - "Deep and Wide" "Knownots" "B-Boy Kingdom" "Keep It True" from All Balls Don't Bounce (1995)
  • Busdriver - "Get on the Bus" from Memoirs of the Elephant Man (1999)
  • The Grouch - "Blood, Dick & Pussy" from Making Perfect Sense (1999)
  • Nobody - "Inner Eye" from Soulmates (2000)
  • Fat Jack - "Cater to the DJ" "Rudeboy Represents" from Cater to the DJ (2000)
  • Freestyle Fellowship - "Fragrance" from Temptations (2001)
  • Aceyalone - "B-Boy Real McCoy" from Accepted Eclectic (2001)
  • Awol One & Daddy Kev - "Confusion" from Souldoubt (2001)
  • Eligh - "A Poet Sits" from Poltergeist (2003)
  • Daedelus - "Girls" from The Quiet Party (2003)
  • Pigeon John - "Life Goes On" from Is Dating Your Sister (2003)
  • Aceyalone - "The Sage Continues" from Love & Hate (2003)
  • Omid - "Myth Behind the Man" from Monolith (2003)
  • The Grouch & Eligh - "This Is Yo Life" from No More Greener Grasses (2003)
  • Busdriver - "Unnecessary Thinking" from Cosmic Cleavage (2004)
  • P.E.A.C.E. - "Connected Functions" from Megabite (2004)
  • Fat Jack - "I'm Just Livin'" "So Many Ways" from Cater to the DJ 2 (2004)
  • Sleep - "Can't Be Touched" from Christopher (2005)
  • Mums the Word - "Constant Evolution" from Constant Evolution (2005)
  • Busdriver - "Map Your Psyche" from Fear of a Black Tangent (2005)
  • Ellay Khule - "The Turning Point" from Califormula (2005)
  • Sunspot Jonz - "Another Way Out" from No Guts No Glory (2005)
  • Grayskul - "After Hours" from Deadlivers (2005)
  • Acid Reign - "Heart of the City" from Time & Change (2006)
  • Edit - "Night Shift" from Certified Air Raid Material (2007)
  • X-Clan - "To the East" from Return from Mecca (2007)
  • The Grouch - "God Bless the Elephant" from Show You the World (2008)
  • Thirsty Fish - "Fish Ain't Biting" from Testing the Waters (2008)
  • Awol One & Factor - "One Live Tape" from The Landmark (2011)
  • Awol One and Nathaniel Motte - "Drink Have Take" from The Child Star (2011)
  • Self Jupiter & Kenny Segal - "Outer Rings" from The Kleenrz (2012)
  • Myka 9 - "Gramophone" "Enter the Slayer" from Gramophone (2012)
  • Myka 9 & Factor - "Ode to Cosmosis" from Sovereign Soul (2012)
  • Illogic & Blockhead - "Smile" from Capture the Sun (2013)

Compilation appearances[edit]

  • "Torn" "Strength of A.T.U." on Mixed Drink (1994)
  • "Torn" "Strength of A.T.U." "Ab Dawlin" on Mixed Drink 2 (1995)
  • "Strength of A.T.U." "I Don't Know" "Yeh Man" "Maskaraid" "Treble and Bass" on Project Blowed (1995)
  • "GB in Your Life" "Superstars" on The Good Brothers (2003)
  • "Who The F*ck Is You?" "Sound Boy Murderers" "13th Month" on Project Blowed 10th Anniversary (2005)


  1. ^ "Abstract Tribe Unique - Showtyme". Hip Hop DX. January 1, 2004. 
  2. ^ "Interview: Haiku D'Etat". Hip Hop Core. December 2004. 
  3. ^ Quinlan, Thomas (July 2000). "A-Team - Who Framed The A-Team?". Exclaim!. 
  4. ^ Youssef, Sobhi (May 4, 2009). "Review: Abstract Rude - Rejuvenation". Sputnikmusic. 
  5. ^ Geary, Rob (May 6, 2009). "Rejuvenation". XLR8R. 

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