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Ya Boy, The Fix 2

Ya Boy
The Fix 2

Beats: M
Lyrics: L
Originality: L

Since dropping his debut album, Rookie of the Year, in 2005, Bay Area rapper Ya Boy has released a handful of mixtapes, including 2007’s acclaimed The Fix. On the long-overdue sequel to that mixtape, The Fix 2, the San Francisco native tries to justify Akon’s recent decision to sign him to his Konvict Muzik record label with mixed results.

Though the novelty of being the young up-and-coming rapper in the Bay Area has worn off for YB, he still has the same charisma that made him so anticipated in the mid-2000s. On the energetic “So High,” he taps into his hyphy sensibilities to rep his region alongside E-40 and local rapper Beeda Weeda. On the bouncy Oddz N Endz-produced “Real One,” he makes a concerted effort to prove his realness by bragging about his street life as he swaps verses with Oakland rapper Yukmouth. And on the title track, Boy defiantly marks his territory by taking a swipe at other young rappers in Cali. “See, I sold dope and they sold hope,” he raps. “I was signed to the streets, they was signed to Interscope.”

Too often, though, YB relies on beats that are terribly overused at this point. From Snoop’s “I Wanna Rock” for “Rock Right Now” to Chris Brown’s “Transform Ya” for “Transformer,” the lifted tracks do little to help him stand apart from the younger generation of West Coast rappers. It’s not that he’s incapable of adding a witty twist to an already established hit, either. On clever remakes of Ke$ha’s “Tik Tok” (“The Hangover”) and David Guetta’s “Sexy Chick” (“2 Girls 1 Cup”), YB proves he’s certainly got plenty of personality to go around. If he would’ve tried to provide more of it here, TF2 would have provided a much stronger fix. —Chris Yuscavage

  • js123

    as long as he doesnt rap about rockstars and shit like that we need the old yb back….

    • jdizfasho

      yo you’re a bitch if he wants to spit rockstar shit let him its hot yb is yb the rockstar if you haven’t fuckin noticed

  • The187Worm

    XXLMAG is a garbage ass fucking magazine and dont know shit about music….Beats arent that good but lyrics are fucking fire! If it was faggot ass lil wayne this shit would be hot to XXLmag….when Yaboy kills that faggot on the mic!! FUCK YOU XXLMAG!!!!!!!!!!!CROOKED I , YA BOY , T- ROCK, LUDA, CHAMILLIONAIRE,, ROYCE, JOELL ORTIZ, HOTTEST OUT RIGHT NOW

    • ElCursi

      Yo U On Point! XXL Ridin Weezy Dick YB N Crooked I The Shit Right Now! YB Needs Another Kush Its Alot Hotter Than Fix 1 or 2!

  • The187Worm

    Oh and YaBoy singing to Akons Konvict shit was straight fucking stupid…Now this nigga gonna go fucking commercial….YaBoy get back that that 100 bars of death shit!! that Ima Murdah This Shit album type shit!!! godamnitt whats happening to fucking rap!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • The187Worm

    i meant (signing)

  • The187Worm

    Chris Yuscavage needs to be fired cuz this cat doesnt know shit…He went to Monmouth University garbage ass school he prolly grew up in one of them richie rich ass towns in monmouth county homo ass nigga…fake chump ass muthufucka fuck xxlmag!

  • http://www.bboycult.com $ykotic Don McCaine

    Real type I don’t know too much about Ya Boy’s catalog. Whoever knows drop some cuts to do recon on.

    But I do know Chris is horrible with the reviews…can’t c/s or n/s this one but dude has been horrible in the past review postings. A lot of stuff he shot down was good material.

    I want to be subjective, not selective ya heard?

  • @MickSwaggger

    Wow, this reviewer obviously sucks major cock when it comes to reviews. Who the hell hired this clown. This mixtape did have some iffy features, but the point of a mixtape is for Ya Boy to showcase his skills. He obviously did that and more, if you want album material you wouldnt be getting this mixtape for FREE. SMH

  • Billy Man

    TRIPPIN BALLZ THIS SHIT IS FIRE! YB KILLS IT

  • http://www.twitter.com/pdawgg310 checkem

    Fuck this review, this nigga is trippin. shit’s fire peep it

  • Kuzar

    nah, Ya Boy’s a sick artist way better than game and alot more real. Even if he signs to Akon dude wont change the way he makes his music he aint stupid

  • carpino

    YB is raw as fuck! iono wut this guy talkin bout but this mixtape is dope realtalk

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  • johndoe from L.A

    yb is dope .it is what it is

  • johndoe from L.A

    met him at club and he was straight up cool. didnt think he would talk to me but i was chilli’n with him for a minute .straigh up cool cat. music is dope ass fuck. yb doing the most.keep it up.

  • 88Braw

    I’m sorry but this nigga need to be fired. If you were actually listening to the words YB is saying in all these remakes you wouldn’t b talking shit. And that aside…have you listened to all his previous mixtapes? If you haven’t listened to them all then idk y the f*** you even reviewin the “Prince of the Bay”…