For quite a while after Yungun released his 'The Essence' compilation/album people were gagging for more of the same stuff. Besides from a few records here and there, they've had quite a wait, but it's at long last, finally over. Yungun's teamed up with long term collaborator Mr Thing for this 11 track album out on Silent Soundz.
Being referred to as a debut album by the duo of Yungun and Thing, as opposed to Yungun's real debut album, 'The Middleman' coming soon, this material provides several really entertaining moments which directly pick up from where the incredibly solid and accessible 'The Essance' left off.
After a soulful intro straight out of Mr Thing's crates and a pretty corny start to the soon recovered title track, Yungun demonstrates why he's such a popular rapper of the UK hiphop scene. There's no complicated word wizardry but instead, a very matter of fact, to the point delivery style which suits his lyrical content well, such as on the thoughtful and laid back 'Peter Pan Syndrome'.
'Forget Me Not' is the album's lead single, and it's understandable why. The soulful production of Thing and YG's thoughtful and smooth vocals are a great match, instantly getting the head nodding and the relaxation flowing. 'This Is Who We Be' features Dupastyles co-member Devise and ex label mate Doc Brown. It's a bouncy affair of snappy violins and stuttering bass which will work great on stage.
The appropriately named 'One Step Beyond' elevates the mood of the CD and is positioned well in the track listing. It's of a slightly faster tempo and deep bass which Yungun drops strong and confidence charged verses over. Lowkey and Stylah of Poisonous Poets join the star of the show on 'Spit Fire (Part 2)'. It's straight up hiphop heaviness of a battle rap orientation.
The album nears its end with 'Sound Of The Drum'. The production's simplistic but hard and both Yungun and guest feature Jehst drop really entertaining verses to create what is easily an album highlight. Well suited for everything from the IPod to the stage, this track's got a great energy and will sit very well amongst most listeners. 'No Guts, No Glory' shows Yungun in quite determined light whilst 'Carried Away' offers listeners one last dose of vintage crate digging sound.
A couple of more energetic numbers would have been good for the album as would more immediacy in the conceptual songs. Also, whilst the album's very enjoyable and both the production and vocals are solid and fairly faultless, it must be said that this is more of the same, as opposed to being a substantial step of progression post 'The Essence'.
But why fix what's not broken? Mr Thing's beats are stronger than they ever have been and Yungun thankfully spends less time talking about how great a ladies man he is than ever before. Bravery aside, the duo clearly has a great working relationship and a formula certain to generate high quality efforts every time.