YA BOY -
Chapter 1: The Rise |
Release Date : January 2007
Label : Precise Music
Dub Quotable: Known for his wicked punch-lines and gritty flow, Ya Boy
is a unique rapper that appeals to both the underground and mainstream
audiences. By the end of this tape, then, he will more than likely appeal to
In 2005 Ya Boy left his imprint on West Coast Hip-Hop with his popular debut
album "Rookie Of the Year." Since then he’s gone from word of mouth favorite
to the talk of the industry, earning the backing of DJ Skee along the way.
Known for his wicked punch-lines and gritty flow, Ya Boy is a unique rapper
that appeals to both the underground and mainstream audiences. By the end of
this tape, then, he will more than likely appeal to you.
"Don't overlook me, no longer the rookie" is the stark message of the
horn driven "Evidence," a track dedicated to sniping critics that have
doubted his rap skills or street credibility. To lighten a somber mood we are
treated to a brief cameo from Phat Rat who addresses some of the rumours
following one of Hip-Hops most promising acts. Aftermath’s Bishop Lamont adds
a noteworthy contribution on the similarly street aimed "Barbershop."
With a 50 Cent inspired hook in tow, Ya Boy is back to clear up some of the
gossip circulating: "They heard I’m in L.A recordin' with the Doctor/They
know I’m finna blow, it’s clearer than a glass of vodka." A finely
orchestrated beat provides a choice pallet for these two artists to express
themselves. The result is a track that will retain frequent play throughout
Predominantly offering street oriented sounds, there are some exceptions with
this mixtape. Ya Boy links with Jin to produce the conscious track "Down So
Long." While some may sense an odd combination before listening, there is
a surprising chemistry between the pair that ultimately sees the men trade
lines. "This is the anthem for the struggle and the grind/Its Jin, Ya Boy,
it's about time". “Down So Long” is an invigorating opportunity for
the listener to comprehend these two emcees daunting struggles.
Not unlike other mixtapes, "Chapter 1: The Rise" does have its flaws.
Incessant crack-fuelled rhymes can get irritating and the beat selection can
be questionable. That aside, this is a great ambassador of West Coast rap for
2007. Tracks such as "Exactly", "Show U Wut It Do" and "Down
By The Bay" all offer heavy bass-lines and equally weighty lyricism. With
longtime fans and new converts taking notice, don’t expect Ya Boy’s ‘Rise’ to
stop anytime soon.