Baby DC

School Dayz

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Too $hort's growing label empire continued with School Dayz, the first release from Baby DC, an 11-year-old rapper who worked with Ant Banks. Hip-hop fans familiar with Master P.'s Lil' Soldiers will know about what to expect here -- namely, a surprisingly squeaky-voiced kid trying to act as hard as his grown-up heroes in the hip-hop world. Whereas Master P. felt free to include almost as many obscenities on the Lil' Soldiers' album as the rest of his No Limit releases, Too $hort and Ant Banks designed School Dayz so all content would be safe for kids of all ages. As such, the rhyme topics look back to early pop-rappers like Kid 'N Play or Kriss Kross instead of the thug-life tactics to which many producers resorted to move products. Baby DC does a good job; he's not only a solid rapper for his age, he's a solid rapper period, and the single "Candy Girl" is a fun update of the Jackson 5-type infatuations for the hip-hop age. Though he can't quite keep it up for the entire LP, Baby DC has a lot of time to improve.

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