Juvenile rhyme rippers are not an uncommon occurrence, but in most cases these prodigies' leaps of faith are oft-times unwarranted, as they have yet to sufficiently master the rudimentary fundamentals. Harlem World's cocky 16-year-old Cardan is no exception to that rule. Undeniably influenced by the sound of his mentor, Mase, Cardan's debut employs many of the same traits -- verses sopping with predictable clichés and flimsy hooks over recycled pop loops. Cardan's charismatic demeanor propels the bouncy "Young Single and Free," and he exhibits a genuine message on his safe-sex interpolation of Slick Rick's "Hey Young World." But what vanquishes Cardan's debut is the fact that he spends an inordinate amount of time trying to emulate his Big Willie forefathers, in the process doing very little to develop his own identity or style.
Hey Young World Review
by Matt Conaway