Bravez Team Hyphy
Okay, it’s official. I am old. As I sat and listened to this album for the first time, phrases I had heard from the likes of my father and Bill Cosby crossed my mind. Any time my brothers and I would be listening to our favorite album of the moment, you could rest assured that within minutes my dad would chime in with his predictable “Turn off that rap crap.” Upon first listen to All Systems Go that was my initial reaction – what is this garbage? After listening further, the words of Cliff Huxtable crossed my mind. He believed that the youth did not know good music. He wasn’t able to relate to their music with “the hippin’ and the hoppin’ and the bippin’ and the boppin’.” So I have come to the realization that I just don’t identify with this Hyphy movement. The music of today’s younger generation has passed me by. With this understanding in mind, I gave the album another listen and decided that for what it is, it’s not that bad.
If you are a fan of hyphy music, you can do a lot worse than this album. To borrow a quotation from group member Jenyus, “It’s hyphy -– something you can pop in and you just hear it and you feel like dancing.” That is the overwhelming theme of this album. The bass is heavy. The beats get you to move onto the dance floor. The lyrics don’t do anything to stand in the way of your groove. This is a good party album, so if you are looking for lyrical mastery, I suggest you look elsewhere. Although their promotional material claims lyrical “brilliance and creativity,” their rhyme scheme and subject matter is quite simple…unless you feel talking about dancing like Steve Urkel is cutting edge. To Bravez Team Hyphy’s credit, their lyrics do mesh well with the production, making for a more enjoyable listen.
Hyphy is not for me. But, as much as I don’t care for this type of music, I can’t say that All Systems Go is a bad album. The production is solid, and the lyrics don’t do anything to take away from that. The emcees aren’t stellar, but they are competent. If these guys continue to hone their skills, I can see Bravez Team Hyphy releasing more solid efforts.