For his solo debut, Toronto-reared rhyme ripper Abdominal calls in a few favours and receives beats by the pound from Cut Chemist, DJ Format, Young Einstein, Bronze One and long-time sidekick DJ Fase (sorry, no drama), which might be too much for a lesser MC to handle. But Abdominal has skills to burn, as he demonstrates on the lung-busting second track, Breathe Later, which culminates in an awesome single-breath 16-bar verse that'll have dudes scanning for edits in disbelief. But it's not all about fly antics for Abdominal; he's always been a top-notch storyteller, and Escape From The Pigeon Hole really succeeds on the strength of his narratives. Just check how deftly he tempers the heartache with humour in the personally revealing Open Relationship, which genuinely reflects real-life experience. Whether he's complaining about the lack of respect for subway rules on Walk Left/Stand Right or reppin' for his hometown on the party-starting summer jam T. Ode, you can tell there's nothing fake about Abdominal. And that's his edge.