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Young Money, We Are Young Money [REVIEW]

Young Money
We Are Young Money

Beats: XL
Lyrics: L
Originality: L

From the Ruff Ryders’ scattered 1999 debut, Ryde Or Die, Vol. 1, to Shady Records’ inconsistent 2006 effort, Eminem Presents: The Re-Up, collaborative albums created by rapper-helmed labels rarely help break new talent. But despite the trend, We Are Young Money—the first group project from Lil Wayne’s Young Money Entertainment—actually manages to help the YM roster make a solid first impression.

The formula for success here is simple: From the catchy lead singles, “Every Girl” and “Bedrock,” to the clever Friday-inspired “Ms. Parker” to the album’s best effort, the carefully-orchestrated “New Shit,” Wayne appears prominently on everything. And by doing this, he gives you enough reason to listen as he lets the rest of the label shine, too. On “Roger That,” for instance, YM’s female MC Nicki Minaj steals the spotlight, while the label’s crowned jewel Drake flows best on the money-grubbing “Fuck Da Bullshit.” Even New York native Jae Millz drops a few memorable gems on the street-wise “Streets Is Watchin’.” None come close to matching Wayne but they all get opportunities to have their moments.

In fact, the only members of the clique who don’t get their money’s worth are teen rappers Lil Chuckee and Lil Twist. They struggle through the cheesy “Girl I Got You,” which, not coincidentally, is the only song on the album that doesn’t feature Wayne. But the album’s final track, “Finale,” puts We Are Young Money in perspective best as each artist reps their region before Wayne finishes things off by using his verse to explain why each of them belong on the YM team. “Gudda tough, Nellie nice, Nik nasty/Streetz bad, Tyga ill, Drake magic,” he raps. “Millz Harlem, Chuck wild, Twist Dallas/And Mack Maine rap, sang and manage!” Say hello to Lil Wayne’s little friends. —Chris Yuscavage

  • Uptown Stef

    are we sure this album is gonna be good? i mean goddamn mack maine go hard but it seems like millz has taken his place and chukee and twist is total bullshit. nicki hot (a lil) and drka e hard but sounds like wayne on helium. but tyga straight. them together? thats the question. how well do they mesh. dedication 3 showed that they may not be the best at it. if they go platinum i’ll eat my PC. i swear!!!

    • TheWorm187

      Young Money -We Are The Fall of Hip Hop…garbage all of them!!!

      • http://myspace.com/theroach513 TheRoach513

        COSIGN ymcm (the village people) are just a rumpke label and im sick of this quote men lie women lie numbers dont lie being thrown around to back them up please niggaz men lie women always lie talent and records dont lie and they aint got it

      • http://www.myspace.com/dj_the_best_100 niqqas cnt see mii

        YOU SHOULD BE SLAPPED 4 DAT SHYT,DEY IS DA BOMB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!IT GOS FROM DA RAWEST,TO DA WORST.DRAKE,LIL WAYNE,NICKI MINAJ,TYGA,GUDDA GUDDA,MILLZZ,MACK MAINE,LIL TWIST,LIL CHUKKEEE,T-STREETS,AND ALL DA OTHA WACK MUTHA FUKERS

  • General

    I’ll be honest, the only one off that label that seems to be worth a shit is Drake…

    Nicki is wack, she’ll be back to eatin Remy Ma’s box in 2 years, and none of these other cats stand out…

    I’m bettin this CD is actually and M at best

  • The Coast

    Young Money Ent is audio AIDS

    Them niggas is lame ass weirdos and their leader is a pills/lean/heroin/crack/cokehead

    40 glocc needs to throw a molotov cocktail through young moneys offices

  • jtm

    ha ha lil wayne is finish!

  • jtm

    ha ha lil wayne is finsih!

  • AZ40

    This is a very pop album they use a lot of auto tune, I’m tired of hearing they the best crew out, earth to young money ain’t no more crews out and they damn sure don’t compare to the crews of back in the day like RR or the Roc, hell even dipset had hot production before cam and jim started PMS’…Honestly besides Drake all them other niggas is benchwarmers on another team, nicki only good for sex and features

  • GIFT

    @jtm

    I DON’T KNOW WUT HIPHOP ERA YOU’VE BEEN LOOKING AT AS OF LATELY, BUT i DON’T SEE WAYNE BEIN FINISHED ANYTIME SOON. THE NIGGA GROSSED OVER 40 MILL ON TOUR THIS PAST SUMMER. tHAT ROCK ALBUM MAY NOT BE THE LICK (IT SUCKS), BUT WIT HIS CREW GAINING MOMENTUM, I THINK HE’LL BE AROUND FOR A WHOLE MINUTE (UNFORTUNATELY). i’M VERY TIRED OF HEARING WAYNE, BUT HE AIN’T LEAVING YET.

  • dollas

    one of the biggest wayne fans out there but this shit trash except tyga

    • mav

      wow hes actually the whackest outta the crew minus them kids lmao

      • Broke Iz A Disease

        Tyga def the wackest. Millz and Drake the only nice ones. And Drake gayer than a rainbow flag.

  • TheWorm187

    nothing was ever done for me???? <<<<Drake quote…coffee cake cripple from degrassi…fuck this cat..shape his fucking eyebrows up.. fake ass nigga

    • DVS

      Nah he a butter skin color ass nigga

  • jtm

    @gift lets just hope that happens

  • jtm

    @gift im just hopping the young money flops.

  • gift

    I feel u jtm. Maybe if that shit does happen, then that nigga wayne will sit his ass down for a minute. Lead the pack wit a mack mane solo joint LMFAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!it’s goin quadruple iron nigga!!!!!!!!!!!

  • SerG SCATTERBRAIN III

    THIS SHIT IS REAL HOT SO HATERS QUIT TALKIN SHIT

  • MXL

    It’s like they’re all trying to do Wayne on this album. Wayne’ll say some shit like, “…I know the game/Analyst”, then Nicki’ll say, “…just comin’ off the top/Asbestos”, then Millz’ll say, “…we still ball/Scrotum”, then Drake’ll say, “…somethin-somethin, ball [bald]/Chemo” — you get the idea. Obviously, these lines weren’t all taken from this album, but similarly-patterned lines appear throughout. Maybe I’m the only one who noticed – or maybe that’s the new YM trademark – but that shit is mad annoying.

    Overall, I thought the album was pretty boring. Not total garbage, but not satisfying, either.

    • jtm

      i just hope 2010 can bring back that hip hop shit in the 80s and 90s the 2000s has to be the worst decade of music.i am 29 so i need some grown ass music not that im n love with a stripper bullshit.

    • johnnyparelli

      firstly they not soundin like wayne..cuz first off drake was the first to start to format is punchlines dat way

  • RhymnDymnd

    Whatever you do, do NOT buy this record your ears will puke for weeks!!!!

  • u h8ters!!!!

    ARE WE TALKING ABOUT THE SAME ALBUM BECAUSE I BOUGHT THE SHIT AND THEM NIGGAZ GO HARD,ESPECIALLY GUDDA GUDDA(WHOSE MIXTAPE IS FIRE!!!!!)DRAKE,WAYNE,AND EVEN LIL CHUCKEE WAS SPITTIN,I MEAN THE BEATZ WAS FIRE,THEY DELIVERY WAS FIRE,AND THEY HAD HELLA PUNCHLINES,VERY ENTERTAINING ALBUM,I GUESS IF IT AINT FROM NEW YORK ITS GARBAGE HUH?FUCK OUTTA HERE THEM NIGGAZ ROSTER IS THA BEST IN HIPHOP SORRY YA’LL FUCKED IT WITH THIS REVIEW,H8ERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • $ykotic/Don McCaine

    “Wayne appears prominently on everything. And by doing this, he gives you enough reason to listen…”

    Translation: Without Wayne on it it ain’t worthy…

  • guttaman

    http://www.candidBACKshots.com

    yall r sum hatin azz losers.
    im not mad at YM at all. they r young fresh, personalities who are obviously havin fun.
    I just heard “no ceilings” and i gotta give it to Wayne. He be killen it.

    http://www.CANDIDbackSHOTS.com

  • tommy gunz

    we are witnessing the death of swaggot rap….

    hardcore comes back HARD ’10 – 11…

    u heard it here first..

  • raul

    If u want that”real hip hop back”you and I gotta start acually buying those album and requesting those songs. Because acts like Weezy, Gucci and Drake do.

  • me

    the album is as good as the cover art

  • http://www.myspace.com/slotchmusic ms_spittuh

    ^^^the album is as good as the cover art…

    exactly….

  • King John

    I’m a Wayne fan, but have no aspirations of buying this album, Wayne needs to scrap the whole crew except Drake,Nicki,Millz, and Mack Maine, the rest need to go. I aint really a Drake fan , but he gets sales and tops the chart so no way Wayne would get rid of him, Nicki is pretty much a female clone of Wayne, Millz easily the best with the flow and punches out of the crew, and Mack Maine spits some hard bars.

  • G

    YOUNG MONEY IS THE FURTUE …… JUST WAIT AND SEE

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  • SEAN MOTHERFUCKIN SOBES

    YO, JAE MILLZ AND WEEZY NEED TO RETURN TO RAP
    HIP HOP IS DEAD – 2010

  • BlessO.N.E.

    I was in the hospital today and during my wait to be discharged, I listened to a few tracks off of We Are Young Money. These included “Ms. Parker,” “Finale,” and “Steady Mobbin.” As I listened closely to these tracks, I once again made a determination: Lil Wayne sucks, and so does his whole Young Money crew.

    Before you start hatin’ on my so-called hatin’, let me explain why I say this.

    Lil Wayne can be a dangerous emcee. Listen to “I Feel Like Dying” or “Hustler Music.” These both display Lil Wayne’s fierce wordplay and unique style. “I Feel Like Dying” is a monster fuckin’ track, especially when you’re high. Even “A Milli,” with its annoyingly catchy beat, has Wayne spitting raw shit.

    The problem with Wayne is that he throws away much of his complex lyricism for lazy one- and two-liners (Fuck these niggas/Ima spare everything but these niggas) and simple metaphors (Dear Mr. Toilet, I’m the shit).

    Really?

    I mean, is that line really a good one? Are any of those lines Wayne spits even deserving of the praise they get? Sure, Wayne’s punchlines are funny and ironic, but they are not good. There is nothing original about them. Any thirteen year old lil’ nigga could spit some shit like that (Lil Chuckee, lol). And I know muthafuckas get tired of that autotune crybaby shit, with the “Ya diggs” and “Ahhs” and all that fucking shit. And the flow…the flow is just pure garbage.

    So it’s no wonder that everyone in Young Money, as the house built by Lil Wayne, sounds the same and has the same exaggerated flow as Lil Wayne. Everyone should be able to admit that Young Moneyers ride Wayne’s dick when it comes to…well, just about anything. Nicki Minaj is the female version of Wayne, Lil Chuckee is the twelve year old version, and Drake is the Canadian version. All the rest of those niggas I can’t even remember because THEY ALL SOUND THE SAME. Nick, Drake, and Chuck are the most distinguishable people on this album (aside from Wayne) because they are a female rapper/cheap ho, a tall, light skinned Canadian t.v. star, and a pre-pubescent boy, respectively.

    Now, again, don’t get me wrong, I like some of Drake’s shit too. Successful is a great cut. Forever is good too, but not nearly as tight as Successful. But Drake is just as unoriginal. He’s like Wayne’s replacement, because we were all getting tired of hearing Wayne everywhere. Sure, his lyrics might be quotable and make you be like “Oh shit!” when you hear them, but you ain’t gonna be reciting this nigga’s words in ten years. But I bet you will still say “cream” as a slang word for money (that’s a Wu-Tang reference made to point out that the Wu has niggas still using its slang today because it was classic…if you didn’t get that, kill yourself :)

    Despite what niggas may believe, Lil Wayne is not a “beast.” He is not original, and he DAMN SURE AIN’T THE BEST RAPPER ALIVE. Nigga please. Don’t even get me started there. The whole Young Money squad is lame, because their only goal is to make club bangers and sing along tracks for their young adult audience. That’s all they’re capable of. Most of the people who listen to Young Money are teenagers…if you’re over the age of 25 and you can quote all of Ms.Parker, kill yourself :)

    Young Money is for the kids (whose parents probably wouldn’t want them to listen to lyrics like “Flow tighter than a dick in the butt”). Young Money, like all these other niggas you hear who you think are so hot (Gucci Mane, Lil Boosie, and all them other niggas you hear in the club) are not going to make long lasting impressions on hip hop. They will help create new fads, but these fads will be replaced quickly. Hell, it wasn’t that long ago that everyone was on Lil Wayne’s dick; now everyone’s on some Kanye and Kid Cudi emo/David Guetta rap. But that’s another story.

    P.s. I’m not hating. I listen to Gucci Mane, and Lil Boosie, and Young Money. But the difference between these niggas and classic niggas is that classic niggas created classic shit that they worked on. They were hungry for the music, not the business, not the dancing, not the fame. They created sick ass slang terms and rocked your head with sick beats that took more than five minutes on FL Studio to produce. Biggie Smalls, Nas, the Wu, Outkast, Scarface, N.W.A., Snoop Dogg, etc., etc. all are classic emcees in my opinion. Everyone knows “Gin and Juice.” Remember “Brand New” by Lil Wayne? Remember how hot that was when it came out? Who the fuck knows about it now?

    And that’s my point.
    Peace.

    • Oz

      Great complete review. Thought I was the only one. I guess Nas we right, Hip Hop is dead.

      I dont even know any of these new rappers. I tried recently to get into it. No thanks. In the 90s this shit was original. All I hear are copy cats. I used to switch music tastes ever few months (rap, reggae, rock). Not any more. Only death metal for me. Its weird, but I can hardly make out any words Nicki saying.

      Funny how everyone who loves this album on here doesnt know how to use the shift key. hmmm

    • Real Talk

      I’ll give this cat a standing ovation becuz i couldnt have said it any better…i think famo covered all aspects.

      I just got done listening to this entire Young “Mulaaaa” album & that was sum of the cheesiest, popcorn, dumb-down, albums I think I have ever listened to in my entire life. Im not gona say alot & go into depth of each & every song but gotdamn…is there niggaz that actually, literally bump this bullshit blasting out the whip or even in the house for that matter!

      Shit was extremely mediocre..I cant see how the reviewer gave it a Large..when clearly this album is a Medium at very best. But i know nowdays Hip-Hop is a business & theres a lot of politics involved so to keep the wheels greased they didnt want to trash the album which may lose them future interviews & features with Young Money Artists…so thanks XXL for taking the cowards way out & trying to sell us sum bullshit so u can keep your industry connections open & happy….

      P.S…..suck a fat one Chris Yuscavage…how long have u been listening to hip hop? or how long have u been in the pockets of the establishment trying to please ur masters. someone take their hand out this puppets back & bring in someone thats going to get down the the real shit fam!

      One Luv mafuka…im out like ur girlz belly button!

    • swype-matic

      I’m not even tryin’ to be funny sayin this, but Wayne had a song called “brand new”?

  • Real Talk

    ….And i was referring to BlessO.N.E. when i said give him a standing ovation, cuz he was the only one that could talk about this album with an angle of depth & reality…not reviewing it to make someone happy…

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  • Glock Mane

    Okay.

    Young Money is tight, but dang. They all (almost) sound like Weezy or use the same sharpness or way of rhyming..they all mellow rap the same…except for Tyga and Yo Gotti. I mean look at Gucci Mane and Weezy, mellow but different to eachother. Nicki Minaj sounds like Weezy’s sister, like she grew up listenning to Weezy. Tyga goes that route a lil bit in Breezy’s Dueces, but that’s dope.

    All i’m saying is, if you gna be like someone, do it better…if you can’t, stick to you.\

    Aaaaaayt!

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