Hailing from under the wing of old school giant Scarface is a new hip hop trio called â€œThe Product,â€ but itâ€™s the lesser known two members that provide the new school energy. While Bay Area veteran Will Hen is a more than capable rapper, itâ€™s Mississippiâ€™s Young Malice who became 2007â€™s rookie of the year. Though relatively unknown in the mainstream, Young Maliceâ€™s newest mixtape, Bold New City proves that heâ€™s much more than Scarfaceâ€™s weed carrier.
While other rappers seem to have a need to mark their territory with over-energized, bullet riddled mixtapes, Young Malice goes in a different direction. The southern influence is still there, but it manifests as a chilled funk-infused production. Rarely does he feel the need to show off and over-rap with too many punch lines. Malice finds a good balance and manages to match the music with a tight and surprisingly mature flow. Thereâ€™s the almost prerequisite where-Iâ€™m-coming-from track, â€œLive Through This,â€ but the young one saves it from clichÃ© by keeping it honest and genuine: â€œSee this road Iâ€™m traveling/lately been kind of shaky, unraveling/ baby mama talkinâ€™ nonsense, babbling/ but I donâ€™t want to hurt the bitch/ gotta be a bigger manâ€¦â€
Young Malice chose to add the old school Scarface track â€œHeavenâ€ to the album to acknowledge the huge shadow his mentor casts over him. If this mixtape is any indication of whatâ€™s coming, Young Malice will be able to soon stand on his own rep.