Jermaine Dupri Presents... Young, Fly &
Flashy Vol. 1 brings together both new and established artists from across the
Southern US, including from Atlanta, Miami and New Orleans, all under the
watchful eye of super producer Dupri whose recent production credits include
the latest smash albums from Mariah Carey and Usher. Dupri is also a long time
EMI Music Publishing writer.
01. I'm Hot - Young Capone
02. Gotta Getcha - Jermaine Dupri
03. Kodak Moment [Remix] - Kavious
04. I Think They Like Me [Remix] - Bow Wow
05. So What - Kato
06. Throw'd Off - T. Waters
07. Just to Fight - Pastor Troy
08. Grown Man - Miss B
09. 10 Toes - Jermaine Dupri
10. Put Cha Hands Up - Envyi
11. Young, Fly & Flashy [*] - Young Capone
"'Young, Fly & Flashy' is the definition of myself and the lifestyle of So So
Def," says Dupri. "This collection is an introduction of the new,
up-and-coming So So Def artists: T Waters, Young Capone and The Kid Slim,
"So So Def has had a lot of success with compilations over the years when Lil
Jon was my A&R guy," says Dupri. "He created the compilation series, but
really focused more on bass music. 'Young, Fly & Flashy' is more about today's
hip-hop sound. It's heavy on the So So Def branding so people will know and
recognise that So So Def is still a strong presence in the streets - we'll be
here another 20 years."
So as we have heard from the man, this is the compilation LP to promote the
talent on Jermaine Dupri's So So Def label which is now distributed by Virgin.
Jermaine himself is close to the project, being the executive producer and
featuring on a couple of tracks as well. The LP gets going with Young Capone's
I'm Hot which quickly sets the tone for what is in store.
Gotta Getcha is Jermaine's first offering and is a bit of a bubbly club
track, but Jermaine's lyrics, although they can ride the riddim on occasion
are a bit simplistic and the minimal flow sometimes feels forced. Kavious, Bun
B and Pastor Troy team up for the slow bumper that is Kodak Moment
which for this release gets a remix to keep it sounding fresh.
Dem Franchise Boys follow with I Think They Like Me which is a more
compelling track and probably could be said to benefit from this remix
treatment which delivers a stripped down beat and synthy horn riff. JD, Da
Brat, Bow Wow and The Slim Kid all grab the mic for this massive posse cut.
New act to me Kato shows a higher level of lyrical abilities on his So What
track which would stand out and be catchy if it wasn't for the disappointing
and almost annoying chorus. The tracks are more designed for club play and T.
Waters' Throw'd Off could do some damage with its Asian sitar loop and
minimal percussive beat. Of of the labels bigger names Pastor Troy comes with
his Just To Fight track which opens with powerful synths, but drops
into a bit of a disappointingly really slowly delivered half speed rap with
lots of shouting in the background. Pastor may have been trying to create an
aggy vibe, but for me this just doesn't work.
Miss B and Torica let us know about their feelings for grown men and what they
want to get from their ideal partner, even going so far as to say how they
would change their men!!! This is soppy in the extreme with a light musix box
type beat which doesn't really have any bump. This may well appeal to the
ladies out there, but I can't really see this track doing anything for the
fellas out there and this one will be getting the FF treatment on the regs.
10 Toes sees another collaboration between Jermaine Dupri, Slim, Daz,
J-Kwon and Stat Quo. The tracks gets going with a heavy keyboard riff and a
bumping beat and seems promising, but as soon as the MCs kick in the tone is
lowered as the MCs get busy telling us how they would get hold of all the
girls they want. Why any women would find this type of talk appealing is
beyond me, but it seems to work for these guys. Guess if you are a gold digger
who just wants a man as a cash cow they this could be your anthem.
The penultimate track Put Cha Hands Up by KP & Envyi just about killed
any desire I had to continue listening to the LP. The beat had elements that
could be worked on, but when these vocals were added it just became cheesy.
Added to that I couldn't discern any noticeable talent or skills from the weak
vocalists and quickly pushed on to the final track. Young Capone manages to
capture the essence of this whole compilation with his Young, Fly & Flashy
track which is all about having money and being flashier with his Cristal
bubbly than anyone else. A thoroughly depressing offering which offers nothing
Generally it seems the main themes of this LP are pretty shallow and
superficial and cover such well trodden topics as clubs, girls and general
blinging. As such this doesn't really cover any new ground and seems a bit
lacking in any excitement. The LP is a touch short by modern standards,
running in at only 11 tracks. Unless this is your type of music I would steer
clear of this as I only found a few redeeming features.