Youngest in Charge

Youngest in Charge

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by Special Ed
     
 

In 1989, at the tender age of 16, Brooklynite Special Ed burst on the scene with enough talent and swagger to stake his claim among hip-hop's big boys. For Special Ed, MC stands for master of cleverness, and Youngest in Charge is replete with it. The gifted manchild boasts a versatile repertoire, using various lyrical styles and rhymes spiked with punchlinesSee more details below

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In 1989, at the tender age of 16, Brooklynite Special Ed burst on the scene with enough talent and swagger to stake his claim among hip-hop's big boys. For Special Ed, MC stands for master of cleverness, and Youngest in Charge is replete with it. The gifted manchild boasts a versatile repertoire, using various lyrical styles and rhymes spiked with punchlines and metaphors that indicate wisdom beyond his 16 years. The meat of the album lies in its first three tracks. The opening cut, "Taxing," is Ed's coming-out party as he kicks entertaining verses over a slickly produced, squealing guitar-riff-laced track produced by Howie Tee. The following track is a masterpiece, Ed's claim to hip-hop immortality, "I Got It Made." It's four-plus minutes of artful arrogance, an instant hip-hop classic and anthem for all precocious hip-hop-heads of the era. To round out the trio comes "I'm the Magnificent," a continuation of Ed's bragging rights over a sample from "Shantytown" (off Jimmy Cliff's The Harder They Come soundtrack). Because the first three tracks are so stellar, the rest of the album seems to be something of an afterthought; however, the remainder of the album does contain a few jewels. "The Bush," Ed's ode to his stomping grounds of Flatbush, features a sample of Al Green's "Love and Happiness," while "Think About It" is Ed's warning to those who wish to test his supremacy on the mic. On "Heds and Dreds," Ed flips a dancehall cadence to show his West Indian heritage. Youngest in Charge is a delightful release from a young hip-hop pioneer, a demonstration of the Edenic age of hip-hop when youthful exuberance and expression were highly valued.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/21/2009
Label:
Traffic Ent.
UPC:
0829357850126
catalogNumber:
78501
Rank:
30651

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Tracks

  1. Taxing  - Special Ed
  2. I Got It Made  - Special Ed
  3. I'm the Magnificent  - Special Ed
  4. Club Scene  - Special Ed
  5. Hoedown  - Special Ed
  6. Think About It  - Special Ed
  7. Akshun  - Special Ed
  8. Monster Jam  - Special Ed
  9. The Bush  - Special Ed
  10. Fly M.C.  - Special Ed
  11. Heds and Dreds  - Special Ed
  12. I Got It Made  - Special Ed
  13. I Got It Made  - Special Ed
  14. Think About It  - Special Ed
  15. Think About It  - Special Ed
  16. One in a Million  - Special Ed
  17. I'm the Magnificent  - Special Ed
  18. Ready 2 Attack  - Special Ed
  19. Club Scene  - Special Ed

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