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Rookie Of The Year/ Ya Boy

Posted by Guy Fawkes

William Joseph Crawford aka Ya Boy is probably the least-known Gold-certified artist ever. For those of you who haven't heard of the new product of hyphy music... you will soon have to put up with suburban white kids reciting Crawford's quotables. Mix west-coast production with a pinch of lyricism and a confident flow and you've got Ya Boy. I first found out about this cat because of his affiliation with Black Wall Street (I'm a Game fan if you haven't noticed). Then I started checking out dude's mixtapes (which are crazy by the way) and then I graduated to his debut album. It was refreshing to know that Crawford's mixtapes were much hotter than his album.... not to ruin anything.

The Good:

1. Introduction- Ironically, most of Ya Boy's best songs are named "Intro", no joke. The hook is terrible, but the instrumental is ill and he laces this track with crazy metaphors.

4. Right Here- "I'm not one for female-orientated tracks", I believe that I've said that once or twice. This is another song with insane potential because of the beautiful (yeah it's beautiful, no homo) instrumental and the fitting lyricism. But the hook is terrible again.

8. Bad Company- The first 30 seconds of the instrumental proved to be promising, but when he starts spitting, the beat is nearly non-existent. Not a bad nearly acapella verse though.

11. Turf 2 Tha Club- Almost every aspect of hyphy that I hate is included on this track... yet it still sounds decent.

15. Somethin To Rap About- Best, the guest verse is weak though...

17. How You Want It- Another track for the ladies that sounds alright.

And that concludes this short review. The songs I listed above are only good, a few are stand-outs, and a few are great... but this album as a whole is not comparable to the mixtapes Ya Boy makes. I'm saying if you want a real taste of his music check em out (I will do a review on one of them soon)...

0-20: Terrible listening experience
21-40: Maybe one good song
41-60: A few good songs
61-80: Half are good songs, half are weak
81-100: Great listening experience, almost all are great songs

I give this album a 58... it's weak, and the few songs worth checking out aren't "amazing" in any sense.

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