These Philly bros are in your face like a mouthpiece. With influences ranging from old-school hip-hoppers Run DMC to 90’s riot grrrls Bikini Kill, these two vegan MCs are sure to keep your feet movin’ with their latest album, Excuse Me, This Is The Yah Mos Def. What first caught my ear was the obviously lo-fi sound mixed with samples from the likes of Cap’n Jazz and Minor Threat. It’s the kind of lo-fi production that makes you think The YMD recorded their album in a basement with a karaoke machine, but that isn’t such a bad thing.
The Beastie Boys comparisons are undeniable, however these two have their own thing going. Their songs have clever, tongue-in-cheek titles such as “Jive Like Jehu” and “Charles Maggio’s Real Last Name Is Ash”. Their voices are quite distinct, Johnny Stockton’s being more aggressive and abrasive, while Carl Malone’s is definitely the more laid-back of the two. “New Direction” commands that y’all listen up and recognize, giving shout-outs throughout the chorus to just about every ‘hood in Philly. The stand-out track, however, is “Jive Like Jehu”. The beat is tight, and the MCs’ flows are at their finest.
This album is refreshing, stripping away all of the iced-out, Kanye-fab elements that are bombarding the current scene. Listen to their tracks on Myspace.
TheYMD – Charles Maggio’s Real Last Name Is Ash [Mp3]