I am very pleased & excited to introduce you to Young General’s Hip-Hop For Adults, Vol. 2. The new mixtape kicks off with “I’m A Beast,” a track mixing Young G’s lyrical dexterity with the scratching and table riffing of DJ My Boy Elroy. I’ve seen this song performed live with a band on a few occasions, and while it is indeed a crowd-pleaser, a more apt label is “crowd-winner” – it’s a song that can be performed to an unknown audience to win their attention.
The song works the same way in this series, inviting listeners into Young General’s follow-up to 2011’s Vol. 1. The lush production from G’s regular collaborator Letter L gives the track an introductory feel before it settles into its booming refrain. Feels like an action film’s opening credits. Perhaps that’s why G was inspired to rip off a series of superhero mentions in the song’s second verse.