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Young Shorty
self titled
PSM Style Productions

One of shows I get to run sound for every once in a while is a Hip-hop improv night, with a live back-up band. It’s very entertaining! When I started working those shows I couldn’t handle the style of music; however, over time I warmed up to it and I learned to appreciate it a bit more. Listening to Young Shorty’s self-titled album was an interesting change to the normal bunch of CD’s I get to listen to. I honestly had a difficult time listening to the album all of the way through. The language isn’t the best in the world, by any means. There is a notice on the cover, “Parental Advisory Explicit Content.” That should read “LOTS OF BAD LANGUAGE!”

I don’t know how old Young Shorty is, but he is a talented kid, assuming he writes his own words. The album was well recorded, filled with some very well-done tracks and beats. If Shorty can establish an audience that can tolerate the amount of bad language, he will see some success. But, I have seen a lot of independent hip-hop/rap artists get up there, very close to getting something big and then throw it all away with ego and language. This album has a nice flow, good variety of beats, and should keep people in to it from start to finish.

Favorite Track: 2, “Dayz Roll By”

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Erik Beyer is a trained musician, performer, songwriter, arranger, and self-taught businessman. After spending five years in the Army Band he moved back to Portland, OR and began designing sound systems and marketing pro audio gear. He later was hired to book for a local Portland venue, putting bands on stage seven nights a week where he reviewed all CDs submitted. In 1998 he formed Beyer Sound Productions with a goal to serve musicians.

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