Youngbloodz Against Da Grain

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  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.

Entertainment Reviews:

Vibe - 10/99, p.183
"...Their delectable debut...is not only full of bright promise, but it breaks the monotony of some of the same ol' sounds we're hearing today....At a time when a little excitement is needed in hip hop, these two young bucks provide an escape from the boredom..."
Vibe - 10/99, p.183
"...Their delectable debut...is not only full of bright promise, but it breaks the monotony of some of the same ol' sounds we're hearing today....At a time when a little excitement is needed in hip hop, these two young bucks provide an escape from the boredom..."
The Source - 10/99, pp.224-6
3.5 mics out of 5 - "...a turbo-charged debut, continuing the [South's] steep tradition of thick, dusty beats and clever wordplay....offers a barrage of adrenaline-laced up-tempo cuts that show the Youngbloodz are more interested in moving hips than ghetto theater..."
The Source - 10/99, pp.224-6
3.5 mics out of 5 - "...a turbo-charged debut, continuing the [South's] steep tradition of thick, dusty beats and clever wordplay....offers a barrage of adrenaline-laced up-tempo cuts that show the Youngbloodz are more interested in moving hips than ghetto theater..."
Rap Pages - 12/99, p.156
"...enjoyable music to ride to....Listeners get a true taste of what YBz are all about....[They] have established a strong foundation for themselves built on dope original beats and banging lyrics..." - Rating: B
Rap Pages - 12/99, p.156
"...enjoyable music to ride to....Listeners get a true taste of what YBz are all about....[They] have established a strong foundation for themselves built on dope original beats and banging lyrics..." - Rating: B

Tracks:

  • 1.Youngbloodz Intro / G's Interlude
  • 2.Shakem' Off
  • 3.Pop, Pop, Pop / Cuttin' Tonight Interlude
  • 4.85 / Billy Dee Interlude
  • 5.U - Way (How We Do It)
  • 6.Hot Heat
  • 7.6 To 14 In 12
  • 8.Down Heya (In The South)
  • 9.Thangs Movin' Slow
  • 10.It's The Money / Fake Id Interlude
  • 11.Booty Club Playa
  • 12.87 Fleetwood
  • 13.Get It How We Get It / Splack - Interlude
  • 14.Just A Dream
  • 15.U - Way (How We Do It) (Remix)

Product Description:

Youngbloodz: Sean Paul, J-Bo.
Additional personnel includes: Harold "Mark Twain" Willis (vocals, various instruments); Lil Wayne, Kevin "Big Floaty" Burton (vocals); P.A. (various instruments); Randall Rivers (guitar); Robert "Rob" McDowell (keyboards, bass); Josh Butler (keyboards); Michael Hardnett, Patrick "Sleepy" Brown (bass); Pretty Ken Stokes (programming, background vocals); Montez Harris (programming); Trina Taylor, Attic Fools, Bone Crusher, Villius "Oddball" Hose, Willian "Shawty Putt" Holmes, Erica Bryant, David "Leroo Wilyams" Flemming, Impulss, Cutty Cartel, Dana Lewis (background vocals).
Producers include: Organized Noize, PA, The Attic Crew, Robert "Rob" McDowell, Mark Twain.
Engineers include: Bernasky Wall, Mike Wilson, Josh Butler.
Recorded at Dungeon Studio, Doppler Studios & Patchwork Studios, Atlanta, Georgia.
Youngbloodz: Sean Paul, J-Bo.
Additional personnel includes: Harold "Mark Twain" Willis (vocals, various instruments); Lil Wayne, Kevin "Big Floaty" Burton (vocals); P.A. (various instruments); Randall Rivers (guitar); Robert "Rob" McDowell (keyboards, bass); Josh Butler (keyboards); Michael Hardnett, Patrick "Sleepy" Brown (bass); Pretty Ken Stokes (programming, background vocals); Montez Harris (programming); Trina Taylor, Attic Fools, Bone Crusher, Villius "Oddball" Hose, Willian "Shawty Putt" Holmes, Erica Bryant, David "Leroo Wilyams" Flemming, Impulss, Cutty Cartel, Dana Lewis (background vocals).
Producers include: Organized Noize, PA, The Attic Crew, Robert "Rob" McDowell, Mark Twain.
Engineers include: Bernasky Wall, Mike Wilson, Josh Butler.
Recorded at Dungeon Studio, Doppler Studios, and Patchwork Studios, Atlanta, Georgia.
Sean Paul and J-Bo, otherwise known as the hip-hop duo Youngbloodz, don't rely on flash, image, or a half-dozen big-name guest stars to make AGAINST DA GRAIN work. They get over the old fashioned way, with verbal skills and thoughtful, imaginative production. Instead of utilizing a batch of electronically derived sounds, Youngbloodz make use of what sounds like pizzicato string samples and arpeggiated electric guitar, in addition to thick, analog-sounding synths.
The stage is set by a dramatized spoken intro featuring kids who are implied to be the young Sean Paul and J-Bo, receiving words of wisdom from a neighborhood shopkeeper. Youngbloodz commence to play off each other's impressive rapping styles like a pair of skilled sparring partners. Throughout the album, the tracks remain relatively uncluttered, leaving plenty of room for Youngbloodz to wax lyrical. "Down Heya (in the South) employs a looped wah-wah guitar, a dub-like bass line, syncopated percussion and little else. "It's the Money" is based around a loop of an electric piano playing a semi-classical riff. "Get It How We Get It" is driven by a SHAFT-style whacka-whacka guitar rhythm. As appealing as the sonic settings are, it's the two men's gift of gab that runs the show.

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  • Sales Rank: 56,360
  • UPC: 886974970422
  • Shipping Weight: 0.21/lbs (approx)
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