Young M.A – Off The Yak (Album Review)
Young M.A raps her ass off “Off The Yak.”
Young M.A raps her ass off in “Off The Yak.”
5. YAK THOUGHTS
You get to hear a vulnerable version of Young M.A in “Yak Thoughts.”
Yes, Young M.A is human. What that means is that she goes through trials and tribulations in her life just like everyone else. In “Yak Thoughts,” M.A talks about abusing alcohol, missing her brother, having trust issues, and overcoming the stress that comes with being in a pandemic. While the song’s instrumental oozes smooth vibes, M.A fearlessly hurls out her bars.
4. FRIENDLY REMINDER
Young M.A plays by her own rules in “Friendly Reminder.”
I do not love the hook attached to “Friendly Reminder” (I’m not a big fan of Young M.A’s singing voice), but I do love the ferociousness/passion that M.A raps with on the song. Ultimately, I think it is impossible to not feel how she describes the multiple reasons she runs her block, the multiple reasons she doesn’t f**k with snitches, and the multiple reasons she has no heart.
Since “Successful” boasts a beat that is on some dramatic drill s**t, you get a version of M.A. that sounds motivated, hungry, gassed up, aggressive, and cocky as f**k.
What you’re going to love about “Successful” is how M.A hurls her bars out like a gangsta-ass machine in the song. You are also going to like her honcho-like demeanor.
2. OFF THE YAK
“Off The Yak” is one of the first drill tracks M.A created.
“Off The Yak” is powered by a drill beat that you have probably heard before. Over it, Young M.A hits us with violent, grungy, gangsta, braggadocios, and hood-certified bars. While I like the punchlines that the New York rapper dishes out, the best thing about the song is the way that she slides on it.
1. HELLO BABY
Not enough people talk about how special it is when Young M.A and Fivio Foreign link up. Historically, M.A. has done work on Fivio’s songs, but in “Hello Baby,” Fivio returns the favor.
“Hello Baby” is powered by this bass-booming drill beat. Over it, Young M.A and Fivio come across as two slick muthaf**kas that chase money bags and not chicks. Personally, what I love about the track is the quirky flows and sly punchlines the two rappers bless us with.
SONG BY SONG BREAKDOWN
1. SUCCESSFUL (4/5)
2. FRIENDLY REMINDER (4/5)
3. HELLO BABY (4/5)
4. HENNY’D UP (3/5)
5. DON DIVA (3/5)
6. NASTY (3/5)
7. BIG STEPPA (3/5)
8. KLUB STORIES (3/5)
9. MAAAN (GOT ME F’D UP) (3/5)
10. YAK THOUGHTS (4/5)
11. OFF THE YAK (4/5)
Ever since finding drill music, Young M.A has run with that s**t. No need to worry, she still talks about her love for Hennessy and doing chicks wrong in Off The Yak.
I think that Young M.A is a great rapper. I do not think that she is great at making complete songs. While I enjoy the way she flows on beats, her confidence, and her clever punchlines, at the end of the day, I don’t think that she covers enough topics in her music (I think she resorts to talking about smashing chicks a little too much; especially in this album) or puts together songs that are more than glorified freestyles. Nonetheless, I think that this Off The Yak album features some pretty solid lessons on how to make street-certified music (Not quite enjoyable street-certified music, though).
Quincy is the creator of Ratings Game Music. He loves writing about music, taking long walks on beaches, and spaghetti that fights him back.