Young Money – We Are Young Money – Album Review
From the Ruff Rydersâ€™ scattered 1999 debut, Ryde Or Die, Vol. 1, to Shady Recordsâ€™ inconsistent 2006 effort, Eminem Presents: The Re-Up, collaborative albums created by rapper-helmed labels rarely help break new talent. But despite the trend, We Are Young Moneyâ€”the first group project from Lil Wayneâ€™s Young Money Entertainmentâ€”actually manages to help the YM roster make a solid first impression.
The formula for success here is simple: From the catchy lead singles, â€œEvery Girlâ€ and â€œBedrock,â€ to the clever Friday-inspired â€œMs. Parkerâ€ to the albumâ€™s best effort, the carefully-orchestrated â€œNew Shit,â€ Wayne appears prominently on everything. And by doing this, he gives you enough reason to listen as he lets the rest of the label shine, too. On â€œRoger That,â€ for instance, YMâ€™s female MC Nicki Minaj steals the spotlight, while the labelâ€™s crowned jewel Drake flows best on the money-grubbing â€œFuck Da Bullshit.â€ Even New York native Jae Millz drops a few memorable gems on the street-wise â€œStreets Is Watchinâ€™.â€ None come close to matching Wayne but they all get opportunities to have their moments.
In fact, the only members of the clique who donâ€™t get their moneyâ€™s worth are teen rappers Lil Chuckee and Lil Twist. They struggle through the cheesy â€œGirl I Got You,â€ which, not coincidentally, is the only song on the album that doesnâ€™t feature Wayne. But the albumâ€™s final track, â€œFinale,â€ puts We Are Young Money in perspective best as each artist reps their region before Wayne finishes things off by using his verse to explain why each of them belong on the YM team. â€œGudda tough, Nellie nice, Nik nasty/Streetz bad, Tyga ill, Drake magic,â€ he raps. â€œMillz Harlem, Chuck wild, Twist Dallas/And Mack Maine rap, sang and manage!â€ Say hello to Lil Wayneâ€™s little friends.