Play 90 second soundbite of 'You Don't Know Me' @ 'CD quality'
Young Don's press pack tells of cousins Ms Dynamite and Akala and dad Smiley Culture - quite a family pedigree, quite a family tree! Hey but, Young Don doesn't rely on that impressive family line to get him where he wants to be. Oh no, Young Don has put together a really impressive and very forward looking album in 'The Grind, Love-Life & Times Of...'; fourteen big expansive rap based tracks written by his own fair hand and with a voice and vocal delivery all of his own it's now time for his 'family' to live up to the 'Young Pretender' and play musical catch-up. The boy done good!! The boy is good!!
Young Don brings his beloved rap to you with nuances of rock, R&B and pure pop; he's cleverly and sweetly managed to bring the genres closer together here but this album remains very clearly a rap work and Young Don hasn't 'sold out' in any way whatsoever. Far from selling out, Young Don has bridged a void or two with great success; there's some really impressive writing and composition here. And, what a great voice this young man has; stylish, mature, well delivered and with a natural warmth, Young Don has everything he needs to attain the heady heights of stardom. 'The Grind, Love-Life & Times Of...' has been beautifully and sensitively produced (in part by guess who! Yep, Young Don); all is crystal clear, well balanced and superbly structured. Certainly, Young Don sounds like a man who knows what he's doing, knows what he wants and where he wants to be - I can't see anything standing in his way if this is gonna be typical of his output!!
The Grind, Love-Life & Times Of Young Don' is everything it should be and everything it needs to be, and then some! When it comes to slick rap with real passion and a specialist genre that pays due deference to other modern genre, Young Don has it all nailed and water-tight. Yes really, Young Don has done a fantastic job with this album; faultless, flawless, invigorating and nicely innovative - Young Don will struggle to come up with a follow-up that's this good - talk about 'making a rod for your own back', Young Don's done it good and proper! Impressive stuff this from Young Don - no reason at all why this album shouldn't take off and be the launch pad Young Don needs to climb to the top of his tree.