Young Roscoe Philaphornia

Young Roscoe Philaphornia

by Roscoe
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Young Roscoe Philaphornia

Just 17 years old, Roscoe sounds both confident and comfortable on his major label, full-length debut, Young Roscoe Philaphornia. Of course, as the younger brother of Tha' Dogg Pound's Kurupt, the Philadelphia native boasts of both a fine rap pedigree and an early exposure to the music industry. Roscoe first visited his brother in California when he was ten and started rapping soon after that. It wasn't long before he was joining his brother on tour and in the studio, and Young Roscoe Philaphornia shows the influence of the West Coast sound quite readily. Practiced hitmakers Rico Wade and Organized Noize handled most of the album's slick, streamlined production, rendering innocuous party jams like "It's That Time Again" and "Get Ready," and there's definitely a by-the-numbers feel to the music. Occasionally, Roscoe's lyrics fall in suit, given over to excessive name-checking and uninspired braggadocio. For the most part, though, the young MC shows a savvy beyond his years. Roscoe is a serious lyricist, both eloquent and engaging, who offers sturdy, well-crafted flows. On the best tracks here, like the soul-/gospel-tinged "Bless the Child," he moves beyond the obvious influences of his famous friends and families. While there aren't nearly enough of those adventurous moments on Young Roscoe Philaphornia, Roscoe himself bears looking out for.

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Release Date: 06/10/2003
Label: Priority Records
UPC: 0724352829101
catalogNumber: 28291

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Young Roscoe Philaphornia 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the future of west-coast hip hop! In the veins of his older brother, Roscoe clearly busts rhyme after rhyme with great confidence and skill. The production on the album ranges from the laid back, G Funk inspired "melodies" we've become accustomed to coming out of the West, to the hard, gritty undertoned beats from the East. This album even boasts a couple of tracks suitable to cross-over Roscoe to the "pop" side of things. All in all, "YOUNG ROSCOE PHILAPHORNIA" is an easy winner for any hip hop enthusiest, whether you're "reppin" LA all the way to mean streets of Philly. 4 out of 5 ****