The opening chords & vocals of "Here We Go" tell the story: even new listeners have the sense that the song is about to pop. During FiveSTAR shows as G and the band groove to that opening, I've seen faces in the crowd beginning to grin the way riders do on a roller coaster that is ticking ever closer to the peak. And then that drum beat hits and the title is the mood: here we go.
This track has taken on several iterations since 2009, and it ends here, with the original production from JNX enhanced by guitar licks from Marcus Rezak. G teamed JNX & Rezak on Vol. 1’s “Drop It Low,” and once again they create a formidable duo. Rezak’s guitar work is alternatively piercing and rumbling, and Jai Wil’s vocals create an echoing contrast to G’s rhymes.
Kudos as well to engineer Greg “G-Ball” Majors of The Attic, who possesses the wonderful ability to both simplify and enhance a piece of music, a vital skill for streamlining a song that has undergone a long evolution. This is another standard of Young General’s live show, and one of my personal favorites.
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.