“Off Da Wall” is a hip-hop project by artist Young Tee. Throughout the sixteen tracks, Young Tee gives an exceptional performance in Off Da Wall where he raps about his life, the come-up, and his insatiable hunger to climb to the top. I was mesmerized by the nostalgic early 2000s inspired production, Young Tee’s ability to adapt his style to the beats, and the wide variety of subjects he raps about.
Starting off with Take Sumptin, we are introduced to Young Tee, which showcases all the qualities that set him apart. He has the hunger in his voice that carries the hype and sets up the context of the album. I was happy to hear the early 2000s sound that carried a hint of nostalgia, alluding to one of the golden ages of rap. Overall, the track had a lot to offer. Ace starts off with a sinister beat and has a grand-sounding track. He raps about his current status and shows off the life he is living. He is a good storyteller through his verses and focuses on talking about his come-up and rise to success. The song lives up to its name as Young Tee reflects on the grind.
Real Shyt starts off with a techno-beat. It carries a lot of energy that is only complimented by Young Tee’s masterful catchy hook. I love how he was able to change the vibe with his introspective verse and dive deep into his scuffles with the criminal justice system. Spittin Raw has a slight boom-bap influence to it, where Young Tee focuses on his flow. The track stays true to its name as Young Tee delivers bar after bar. Overall, it has a laidback beat where Young Tee’s rapping takes center stage. He pays tribute to his fallen brothers, which I thought was a nice touch. Keeping It Movin expands on the central theme of the hustle and working hard. His guest feature is utilized impressively as he raps about his work ethic and the secret of his success.
The second part of the album kicks off with Off Da Wall, which is the leading single. I kept bumping to the rhythm of the beat. I thought it was particularly well-executed from production to the bars and had the potential to really go mainstream. It has a club anthem vibe to it that I certainly enjoyed.
Who Can U Trust? Starts off with electric guitar riffs and an overall darker vibe to it. From the get-go, I knew it was about something serious. The theme here is that of loyalty to the gang and way of life. The instrumental, as well as the bars, do a good job of building up tension. The story-telling here is top-notch along with Young Tee’s delivery. Here Young Tee takes his gloves off and starts asking an important question. When the world starts collapsing around you, who can you really trust? I found this track to be thoroughly fleshed out and well-executed. This is by far my favorite track on the album.
Talk 2 ‘Em follows right after Who Can U Trust?. Young Tee’s presence can be felt throughout the track thanks to the mixing and production. This track was strategically placed as it gave me breathing room to fully digest Who Can U Trust? Making Move$ brings back the theme that Young Tee carries throughout the album. I appreciated how he had callbacks to his hustling and properly attributed his success, fame, and acclaim to his unwavering loyalty to the rap game and his day ones. In this track, he lays it all out clearly. He doesn’t care about upsetting the authorities if it is about hustling and making money. His attitude towards working hard is an uncompromising one.
I Like Dat delves into a different thematic territory. It is marked by a very different instrumental to the rest of the album where Young Tee expands on his fling with a girl. You can tell he’s having fun by the way he tells his story. It shows his juvenile and naughty side on the track, which builds on his theme of not caring about what others may think. Otha Shyt bangs off with heavy-hitting percussions and Young Tee’s rapping about keeping it real in a world where other people are fake. He sheds light on his unwavering commitment to showing his true side and rapping about what he does instead of what he aspires to do. I thought this was a refreshing track because other rappers talk big and have nothing to show for it. Thuggin’ carries a darker vibe where Young Tee jumps straight to the point with his nonverbose hook. He talks about living the thug life and elaborates on his ‘less innocent’ lifestyle. I felt the guest feature here complemented the track and added a lot of flavor to it.
Whut It Gone B is another energetic track that is based on an electronic-techno beat. It’s all about celebrating his life and comes across as a fun party anthem. Spend Da Nite is the closing track of the album and also an intriguing one. The production gave off some strong Tyler the Creator vibes that were fused with Young Tee’s own unique style. As a closing track, I felt it did a good job in delivering the final message that Young Tee wanted to give. He exposes more of his vulnerable side and leaves us caring about him. The hook here is soft and trance-inducing thanks to the background vocals and the smooth mixing.
Off Da Wall stands on its feet as a substantial project with a cohesive tone to it. It is dominated by a coherent sound that often incorporates different styles, but one thing is consistent: Young Tee’s command over his flow and lyrical quality. I recommend listening to this album and hope to hear more music from Young Tee!