Young Zee

Musical Meltdown

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Young Zee attracted some attention through his appearance on the Fugees' "Cowboys," which didn't quite prepare his audience for the sound of his debut, Musical Meltdown. On the basis of the record, Young Zee has more in common with the stripped-down, minimalist funk of rappers like Redman, not the organic eclectic funk of the Fugees. Nevertheless, Musical Meltdown is refreshing. Young Zee consciously avoids many standard gangsta rap clich├ęs -- he openly dimisses them on several tracks, as a matter of fact -- which gives the album a spark. That doesn't mean it's without flaws -- he's an average rapper, without a particularly distinctive flair for rhymes or beats. Even so, he delivers the goods -- just don't expect something revolutionary.

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