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As a fan of Lil wayne, ive heard all of his songs from Lollipop and Got Money to the very recent Right Above It and Whats Wrong With them in I Am Not A Human Being, and gradually more and more artists are presented in some of Lil Wayne's songs because of that i started to take notice, they fit well in the songs and i started to really look into these artists and thus found Young Money Entertainment, ive got to say the best thing ive done is bought We Are Young Money.
Every song really shows their class and ability to work as a team to produce good music. Lil Wayne pretty much features in every song which as the CEO of Young Money I think is fantastic and i have got to congratulate Lil Wayne for putting together a perfect array of rap artists with the ability to be versatile and work as a team to produce excellence.
The album features songs such as Bedrock the smash hit single they have produced, We be Steady Mobbin with Lil Wayne Feat Gucci Mane and the other songs were no album fillers i think each song could quite easily be released as singles and quite easily be hits.
But to write this review i tried so hard to find flaws and i have got to say i found it hard, but i found one n that is in some cases the songs can sound very similar, although each song is very very good you can some times get confused as to what songs are what.
If like rap all i have got to say is get this album its brilliant. Each song can be on your Hi-Fi and youll never get it off it, its very good.
"We Are Young Money" was released late in 2009 and finds Lil' Wayne (as the record label's CEO) presenting the talent that he has in his collective with an album which features each and every person on his label. Lots of talent from all around the USA and even Canada (covering both the East and West Coasts as well as the south too) Lil' Wayne brings forward a range of rappers: Drake, Nicki Minaj, Mack Maine, Gudda Gudda, Tyga, Lil' Chuckee, Lil' Twist, T Streets, and Jae Millz as well as the singer Shanell. It is their first album together and sees Lil' Wayne rapping with both these and expected guests in the new Young Money signee Short Dawg, as well as Birdman, Lloyd and Gucci Mane.
We see that the album opens up in a very strong way as we have the big dawgs in the crew (the established names who have been around for a little while) and so with Weezy joined by Jae Millz, Gudda Gudda and Mack Maine (Young Money's president), we see that they all go hard on Brizzy Blaine's southern-directed beats that hype you up from the beginning for this very exciting release.
Here we get the first single from the crew and one of the best tracks that they've been able to pull out. We see just how effectively a range of artist (who are primarily rooted in Gangsta Rap) can come up with a tune that suits the mainstream Rap sound and can cross boundaries. I saw it as a good opportunity to showcase lesser-known rappers within the crew but I felt that the first two on it; Lil' Wayne and Drake simply killed it off.
Tha Bizness, who were behind that track that came just before this one, are also on the beats for this one and I felt that they brought out some quality production for the trio of Gudda Gudda, Mack Maine and Lil' Wayne to go off on. It has a commercial feel, but when you consider the direction of the music, it really doesn't suit being released as a single. However it stood up as another straight banger from them.
We have a little more variety for this one as we see that California's Tyga gets the chance to step up on another track that has Weezy as the leading rapper as these, along with Harlem's Jae Millz and Lil' Wayne's life-long friend T-Streets for a track that has them taking it to some grimey rhymes where they stick to the nasty rhymes which are directed towards the bedroom. Lil' Wayne is on auto-tuning, and sings for the hook alongside a deeper screwed voice and it acts for a strong contrast to set this one up.
This is a killer track and one that stands out signifincatly as we see that Chase N Chase come up with some experimental stripped-down beats before layering it more for the hook (again provided by Young Money's CEO). I really felt that these futurstic beats suited some rhymes from Drake or Nicki Minaj, but these didn't come and the others (Mack Maine, Gudda Gudda and Jae Millz) managed to do the best out of it regardless.
6."Pass the Dutch"
We finally get a little more coming out of (Drizzy) Drake as the Toronto native gets the chance to bring out some flows on another track that I felt stood out for the composition that comes out of the beats as they are done in such a minimalistic manner, but still manage to get all that you would want out of them. Short Dawg (former ghostwriter for Bow Wow) comes in with this one and shows why he's a great addition to the Young Money roster.
7."Play In My Band"
For this one we get to see what Young Money's R&B section is saying as Shanell receives prominence on this one as she shows what she is vocally capable of. I felt that it went hard, and it was boosted Wayne choosing to turn back towards rapping as he does a track that has a heavy Rock influence and as during the period when this was recorded Weezy was also recording "Rebirth" a Rock-based album, it seems to acct as a nice preview of what to expect from it.
8."F**k Da Bulls**t"
For this one we see that things change a little more as after the last one we see that we get a nice opportunity to bring the female rapper Nicki Minaj to come in and do here thing and this happens here as we get this raw tune. I felt that ti was constructed well as we see that here Birdman (owner of Cash Money, the record company behind Young Money) throws in the MCs and so we see as he unleashes all of the roughest with his 'son', Nicki, Drizzy and Gudda Gudda amongst them.
This was the second single to the album and it manages to hold together the strengths of the record as of yet and sees that although they don't really change their approach much, we get another tune that clearly sounds a little more radio-friendly (in spite of what the lyrics refer to) and it has the R&B singer Lloyd coming to sing the hook and allow Wayne, Drake, Gudda Gudda, Nicki Minaj, Jae Millz and Tyga do their thing with the rhymes.
10."Girl I Got You"
For this one Infamous steps up to bring the beats and we see how we clearly have things watered-down somewhat, and although we get some rough percussion rhymthms, we see that it sounds notable toned-down and suits the fact that Young Money's youngest talent: Lil' Twist and Lil' Chuckee get the chance to rip a fly tune that manages to reach out to another market in the music game. They show that in spite of their age, just as Lil' Wayne, they are very strong at doing this from this age and stand up there with the rest.
For this one the only Young Money talent we get is Lil' Wayne. However we aren't quite given the chance to have Weezy perform a solo track as Gucci Mane is brought in as a guest and is seen to help the thing along well with some fly rhymes that show that although he doesn't have the best rhymes out there he still knows how to get things done. The tune holds up the great consistency that has come all the way up to this joint.
With this one we are given a track that has Nicki Minaj showing how she can handle things on some awkward production that requires a performers who is able to work with odd rhythmic patterns which is changed frequently. This one also gets a little something from Lil' Wayne and Tyga Tyga for a tuen that I have to say really didn't stand out like others, but still deserves a lot of attention as the rest up to this point.
13."She Is Gone"
For this one Kane Beatz comes out with some more fresh beats that keep you excited in just the way that we have been with every other join that came up to this point. We find that T-Streets shows what how he is able to handle himself as he stands amongst the likes of Gudda Gudda, Jae Millz and Weezy and it all seems to come together extremely well as they stay consistent from verse to verse.
14."Streets Is Watchin'"
I felt that there was a great switch to things as we see that Mississippi's David Banner gets the chance to take over with the beats and he comes out with some of the roughest prodcution that has been heard throughout the thing with a heavy southern club feel that I'm sure would do well if it was released as a single. We get the same line-up on this one as the last one apart from the addition of Nicki Minaj.
The album comes to a close here and we see that the whole of the Young Money family get the chance to deliver a little something to represent the input that they gave for this record. It is a very nice on and I felt that it brought nice closure here as we are able to feel all the acts again (which is wanted when you consider how little we got from some such as Drake, and the younger ones on the label).
Personally, I felt as though this album had no clear flaws and I expect that if you like any of the individual tunes from the thing then you are bound to feel the rest. The only real issues people may have will be with the lack of some of the key, exciting artist who we would have liked to have seen more from, but the others are seen to always make up for it.