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20 Watts Reviews Young Money’s Year 2K9 by gjfitton

Young Money release an effective greatest hits album

PREVIEW: DOWNLOAD Drake’s “Ransom” (Feat. Lil Wayne) MP3
WE  GIVE IT: 15/20 Watts

2009 has surely been a definitive year for Young Money Entertainment. With collaborative single “Every Girl” and Drake’s “Best I Ever Had” charting at #10 and #2 respectively, and a slew of albums on the horizon, the label is enjoying the success of pop stardom. Led by Lil’ Wayne, Young Money is a crew consisting of rappers and singers signed to his imprint. Young Money Year 2k9 is a sort of like a greatest hits (a large portion of this album is available on previously released mixtapes), showcasing the successful mixtape songs, freestyles, and singles of 2009.

The main characters of the album are the label’s two megastars, Lil’ Wayne and Drake. They collaborate and completely rip apart “Ransom” with multisyllabic flows and crisp punch lines, while being a little more fun and laid back on “Man of the Year.” The original version of “Forever” is also featured, though it severely lacks a monster verse from Eminem, as seen on the version cut for More Than a Game. “Every Girl” shows up too, catchy as ever, even after months of radio rotation.

2k9 does have a lot of sloppy moments though. They sound lazy on “Stuntin” and Drake’s flow and rhyme scheme is too similar to Wayne’s on the pounding “I’m Goin’ In,” to be called original and creative. The beat on “Juice” sounds like it was made on GarageBand and “Baseball Sex” is a complete mess. J.R. Writer’s “We Like The Cars” will leave listeners questioning his intelligence and “Stunt Hard” is equally mindless.

The worst part is that the album’s strongest moments were already featured on Drake’s mixtape, So Far So Gone. The Bun-B featured “Uptown” showcases the creative verses of Wayne and Drake over a multi-layered punchy beat. Drake’s best song to date, “Successful”, is the strongest moment on 2k9. The spooky chords and sharp 808 snares, combined with Trey Songz’s mellow vocals, give Drake a smooth palette to paint a vivid, introspective picture about the struggles of a rising star.

Young Money Year 2k9 feels like a bunch of tracks thrown together simply to add buzz to upcoming label releases. Though that is understandable given that it’s free, listeners will find they have heard most of these songs numerous times before. Young Money artists, especially Drake, need to buckle down and produce quality albums so their thunderous statements of hip-hop superiority hold true to scrutiny.

— Gregory Fitton


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Their latest mixtapes all have the feeling of rush and bustle. Maybe their spokesperson legal woes are contributing to that. read more here- http://qoosdotcom.blogspot.com/2009/10/whoopi-goldberg-jr-going-to-jail-for.html

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