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YSG-Timothy - A black guy named Tim

Release:A black guy named Tim
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Media:[Audio CD]
Recordlabel:YSG Records & Entertainment
Info:Production by Kid Sundance, Luke Geraty, Sean P and others. Guest appearances by Johanna Fleming, Gibraan (Fathoom Unseen) and Ohmega Watts.

1. The preface
2. Rise & shine
3. Make it
4. Life's a trip
5. Get down
6. Amplified
7. Clap to it
8. It's original
9. Freedom featuring Johanna Fleming
10. Bigger
11. Change of possession - A new hope featuring Gibraan and Ohmega Watts
12. The gizzel anthem 5.0
Rating:Our users rated this release: 6 out of 10
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Review:Written by Larosa
Thursday, 08 December 2005

YSG-Timothy - A Black Guy Named Tim
(YSG Records & Ent.)

The first time I really had the opportunity to really hear YSG (Young Son of God) rip the mic was on his mixtape release with DJ Rhino titled 2 Man Game. Once I heard that album, I was very impressed with Timothy’s lyrical abilities, believed he had one of the best rap voices period, and looked forward to his release of A Black Guy Named Tim. Well, I finally have my hands on a copy of this much anticipated album (at least for me), and after letting it marinate for a while, I’m finally ready to drop a review of the album.

Timothy opens the album strongly with a brief introductory rap accompanied by a Mark G beat. With this introduction, he basically states the purpose for the album and gives you a sense of the vibe that you’ll get with the rest of the album. “Rise & Shine,” produced by Luke Geraty, is the next track up. The track has a really mellowed out vibe where Timothy lets the people know that it’s time to get up cuz it’s time to rise & shine. This is a call to Christians to go out into the world and let their light shine in the darkness. The rest of the album continues in the same flavor; it’s composed of very mellowed out hip-hop music that is perfect for just kicking back and relaxing.

One of the things that I love about this album is that Timothy has a lot to say, although you may not really see it on the first listen or two. In tracks like “Life’s a Trip,” he encourages you to accept the truth of you just being you and just go with the flow of life. Then on other tracks like “Freedom” he speaks to his daughter and gives her some encouraging words for life. A favorite track of mine is the single “Bigger,” where Timothy lets us know that this rap game is more than just the rhymes & music, but that it’s something real and is affecting the lives of people all around the world.

Two songs that break from the mold of the rest of the album are “Change of Possession” and “The Gizzel Anthem 5.0.” “Change of Possession” is undoubtedly my favorite track on the entire album as it features a dream team collaboration of sick lyricist: Gibraan (Faathom Unseen) and Ohmega Watts. This is a very upbeat underground track over which all three emcees spit a strong verse proclaiming the change of possession in the hip-hop game from those who are tearing it down back to those who are building it up. And finally there’s “The Gizzel Anthem 5.0,” which is another upbeat underground track that serves as Timothy’s shout out track to family & friends.

Overall, I was very pleased with this album. I enjoyed listening to Timothy rap from start to finish, even to the point of just letting it keep repeating. YSGizzle has a superb voice and vocal delivery that many can’t even begin to touch in the hip-hop game; his lyrics are clean and thought-provoking; and he likes to just have fun on the mic. All of this adds up to produce a quality product from a solid emcee. If you haven’t already picked up this album, then you need to head to the Sphere store and pick up a copy or two.

3.5 of 5 stars
source: Sphereofhiphop.com, added: Aug 12, 2006

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