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Don Cannon & Young Chris: The Network

It’s crazy how we sometimes take some rappers for granted. A few years back when State Property was popping off with their music I was feeling them, but at the same time I was like, “Aight. Whatever.” Now with all these subpar rappers and their material, I realize that what we had back then is what we should’ve supported so they could’ve continued to bless us today. Even if we supported them the Nasty Nas way, with gift cards and whatnot, at least it would’ve been a sign of appreciation. Since then Beans has been sidetracked by prison time, Peedi’s been going at “Joe Camel” and Neef’s face been on Soy Milk Cartons (he’s too old to be on your everyday milk carton). But Young Chris’s been keeping his name relevant for the most part. Constantly dropping freestyles and mixtapes, he’s not giving up on his dream or his city of brotherly love. He basically said as much on “Not Gonna Fold.”

But my favorite joints where the ones where he featured his former Roc-A-Fella comrades. The drums on “Free Peedi” were hard enough to hold my man Beans flow something ridiculous. Not to mention his verse on “Last 2” where he got gritty with “I have no morals/just a whole lot of piss and a dick for you/bullets in a clip for you/this is the ignorance/at least it looks that way when you witness it/kill all witnesses/bury the hatchet/matter of fact bury your casket/shoot you up bury the rachet/dig it back up if I have to/I used to bump niggas and knock niggas out for the practice.” Dayum!

Young Chris got his off too —saying lines like, “Another Def Poet, like I can’t let go/you flash you gotta blast/I mean you can’t just show it/if he had to go what he asking for? I’ll make the victim be the shooter like Plaxico,” on “Fresh To Death.”  And the flows he showcased on the laid back “Grow Things” and uptempo “Hot Shyt” demonstrates that this kid takes this rap ish seriously.

YC’s always had a respectable flow and above average rhymes to get the job done on a hot track, but his overall style is too reminiscent of Hova to me. I’ve made that argument before and y’all got mad saying Jigga is the one who stole his style. But that’s not to say that he can’t do him. Chris put together an overall solid mixtape and kept it interesting from beginning to end. Though some of the production was a little weak (“Rough Side,” “Rap Money,” “All The Cities”) Chris still came off and showed that with or without the Roc, he’s not gonna give up his ambitions and keep on riding ’til he’s back on 106th and Park. Bring back State Property!!!—The Infamous O

Hottest Joint: “Free Peedi”

Weakest Joint: “Rap Money”

  • $ykotic

    I got this already. Good ass music on it. Co-sign the HOOD ranking.

  • http://Pierzy11@gmail.com Pierzy

    What up O…how you feel?

    Here in Philly it was like a movement when SP came out [similar to DipSet in NYC] but I always thought that Young Chris, not Free, should’ve been second in line to drop an album.

  • http://Pierzy11@gmail.com Pierzy

    What up $yk…didn’t even see you there!

    • $ykotic

      P once you hear this one it will remind the masses where Jigga got THAT style from…

      BEST CRT’s(mixtapes) of 2K9(so far):

      BLOOD ON CHEF’S APRON-RAEKWON

      WAR ANGEL-50 CENT

      BACK TO THE FEATURES-WALE

      CRIMINAL MINDED PT. 2-CAM’RON

      SO FAR GONE-DRAKE(never said I didn’t like dude, just let him earn his stripes)

      RESIDENT EVIL-MAX B

      THE NETWORK-YOUNG CHRIS

      • http://Pierzy11@gmail.com Pierzy

        It’s priority #1 to listen to now, $yk!

        I love that “Blood On Chef’s Apron” mixtape…Staten We Go Hard indeed.

      • http://Pierzy11@gmail.com Pierzy

        I listened to some of this before class today. That “Free Peedi” joint is serious! And “Last 2″ is fire also…I’m actually impressed with Y. Chris on this one.

  • O

    What’s good, P? I’m maintaining. Tryin’ to keep my head above water, na’mean. I’d take an SP album over a Dip Set project any day of the week. And had Freeway had the style he has now as opposed to that cryin’ shit he had before, he’d been WAY better off career wise.

    • http://Pierzy11@gmail.com Pierzy

      I’m with you on that one. The first time I heard him on 1-900-Hustler I wanted kick a hole in the speaker like Rakim.

    • $ykotic

      I see you O! keep your ear to the streets, mayne. You’re looking good homie.

      • O

        Always and forever like Heatwave, $yk! And word up, I LOVED 1-900-Hustler, but Freeway ruined it. They should’ve just gave that last verse to Beans and had one of the greatest album cuts ever!

        • $ykotic

          HA! Good classic pick.

          And I just heard a new joint by 9th Wonder with that dude Tom Landry on it. That dude is waaaaaaaayyyy better than AsherEm.

  • vhingrhamesonyo’momma

    State Prop Chain Gang! man the first state prop shit was soooo gutter i went out and juxed two nuns listening to it!…..nah i’m kiddin it was two gurl scouts but anyway I always knew YC had potential to blow but he could never outshine beans, so in essence beans goin on vacation did him (YC) a lil’ favor.State P foreva!! Beans!…Chris!!…FREE!!.. and them other two niggas!! yeah!!

  • Aaron

    XXL is garbage and unwavy. This mixtape ain’t better than PD6, I got both of dem joints. Sorry Chris…you still sound like Jay LOL

  • tronthadon

    So glad i got a good ear for music this shit is hot..he did his thang on it and Beans need a new mixtape this nigga killed shit

  • BeerGangsta

    The game is getting so wack. That the DJS are picking anybody to Rap for them. Not me. Thank ya’ll for fucking up the Rap game.

  • Rex Banner

    Jay-Z took his style!! The mix tape is hot though

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