Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Young Stacks LGI: 'Encouragement' (via independent Music Promotions)
Eager to further instigate his underground campaign, 25-year-old North Carolina emcee Young Stacks LGi (= Let's Get it) drops his 'Encouragement' mixtape for streaming in preparation for the project's September 17 release date. Stacks' approach includes the sought-after southern hip-hop appeal with trap-slang and chopped-and-screwed mix ups, but this 10-track template also presents an enlivening effort towards an expanded repertoire. Foremost, this up and coming artist brings a subtle resonance with hopeful listeners, looking to embed his heartfelt style into the hip-hop mold.
'Encouragement' warps into "Lost", where calm synths support an ambient platform for Stacks' careless, drug-filled content, "Mind gone, spaced out". He insists, "They don't really do it like this", and alludes to the pressures of his aspirations. "Encouragement" and "MLK" both exude the intently inspirational aspects of this project. The former samples snippets from President Obama's 2008 acceptance speech, giving Stacks a fitting segue to pronounce his proclamation, "I give it my all, ain't no next year", and sharing his motivations with steady metaphors. The latter features portions of Dr. King's "I Have A Dream" speech, letting Stacks speak as, "Lord of the dreamers"; faint, serene background vocals supplement sincere lyricism about his yearning goals and opportunities.
Inserting more boastful tones, "Count My Money" enjoys a vital electric guitar and the professions of endless hard work, the grind, and reaping (counting) the monetary rewards. "Feelin Myself" incarnates the southern trap flow with hi-hats, 808's, and an uptempo bounce for Stacks to carry out high self-praise, "Straight jacket, insane swaggin'". Buckle up and "blast off" for "Boulevard Mars", the spaced out cut with chopped-and-screwed hook schemes, with more basement bounce and a Young Stacks willing to sweep girls away from their other halves. "What If" shows Stacks' more vulnerable side, reminiscing on potentially missed relationship opportunities, "Should I be the man of your life? Or should I be the man for tonight?" The posse cut "Shut It Down" includes Stacks' fellow brand members Ed. E. Ruger and J-Rich LGi, spiritedly expressing the prominence of their presence in every environment they encounter.
Meant to conclude the overall theme of passion and persistence, "Drop" implies, "Til my heartbeat drop, won't stop", continuing to pitch Stacks' unrelenting motivation to exceed the expectations set for him. Similarly, "Can't Stop Me" focuses on progression for the North Carolina emcee, "It ain't no looking back 'cause looking back ain't moving forward". He claims, "I've always been a problem", congruous with his assured assertions of forthcoming success. In all, 'Encouragement' keeps listeners refreshed with Stacks' personal tone and charismatic content, providing enough variations of sound and flow to give Young Stacks LGi a potentially distinct avenue in the southern hip-hop mold.
Check out the tracks from 'Encouragement' below, referred by Independent Music Promotions.