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MCYYZ XVI: “CD’s for Christmas”

Christmas is right around the corner. Skaters stride in Nathan Philip’s Square, and the CN Tower is lit with reds and greens. The snow has failed to find us but the cold winds blow in spite. People blow past too as weary wallets make everybody anxious. Thus, considering the holidays are not always happy, I figured we’d keep things gangsta with the advent only days away.

Christopher is along for this sleigh-ride, and we’re striding through the sky with gifts in tow. That’s right, if you have a Bad Santa in your life Mic Check YYZ has their seasonal soundtrack.

(Holiday) "Ye" -- Dilan Manahan


Jon Godfrey: For starters, we purchase the material we review. So it is with pride that we bring to you the records we do. It is with equal shock that I offer up a Maybach Music Group album, because I’m typically not a fan. That said, I allow most Hip-Hop a spin and I was glad I gave Wale’s new effort a chance. Titled “Ambition,” the album is certainly conceptual about exactly that. With fifteen tracks Wale pushes women aside, holds strong to those loyal to him, and chases the dream relentlessly.

Stand out tracks include: Legendary, Ambition, and DC or Nothing. Yet of the three the title track shines brightest. Without question “Ambition” is one of my favorite songs of the year. T-Minus provides the eerie keys, and teammates Meek Mill & Rick Ross accompany with vocals. However, when Wale arrives for the final verse the album graces its apex.

Family is everything, and money is less important.

Long as your Mama love ya, don’t ever love a woman.

I got a lot of bitches, they got a lot of feelings.

But I got the green in my eyes,

And that ain’t no Donnie Simpson.

He represents for his city, and honors his pride. Pain is there behind his eyes, but it’s in what’s in front of him that he finds his purpose. So for those of you looking for spirit, this album has such in spades.

[audio:http://dreamlandapparel.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/11-Ambition-Feat.-Meek-Mill-Rick-Ross.mp3|titles=11 Ambition (Feat. Meek Mill & Rick Ross)]


Just when the community of hip-hop thought all tricks had been taught, all risks had been taken and all sights had been seen, along came the skinny white dog from Alabama to dazzle us again.

Yelawolf’s debut album Radioactive was released on November 21, 2011. Since then, people who really follow this man and appreciate his message have been satisfied by receiving exactly what they were looking for. The album flexes all of his lyrical muscles and more, containing a plentiful dose of his signature fire-cracker-dipped-in-engine-fuel flow.  That said, even though there are many examples of his technical ability, the content remains genuinely enjoyable to listen to. Throughout the 15 track LP, songs like the Kid Rock featured Let’s Roll, the reminiscent Radio and the reflective Everything I Love The Most, provide an unexpected catchiness fans and critics alike will appreciate.

This man deserves every bit of success coming to him. Let the white dog howl!

[audio:http://dreamlandapparel.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/12-Yelawolf-Everything-I-Love-The-Most-Prod.-by-WillPower.mp3|titles=12-Yelawolf - Everything I Love The Most (Prod. by WillPower)]



  • Chris Elliott

    Love this piece. Two fantastic artists, two extremely compelling careers. I’m glad we teamed up again for this series. Thanks again for having me along for the ride.

    • Anonymous

      I honestly could not have done it without you. There is so much yet to do with this series. I appreciate you for helping me build it.

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