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Artist: Young D.R.U. the Microphone Misfit
Album: P.U.S.H. or P.U.L.L.
Reviewed by Jason Randall Smith
Believe it or not, the hip-hop generation gap is real. Talk to those who were old enough to remember when Sugarhill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight” first received radio airplay and you might get an hour-long dissertation regarding the present state of rap music. Things have gotten to the point where some elder B-Boys and B-Girls give a perpetual side-eye to any rapper whose name starts off with “Lil” or “Young.” By that rationale, Young D.R.U. is at a disadvantage, but his rhymes clearly inhabit wisdom beyond his years. A member of The Microphone Misfits, D.R.U. represents that studious cat in the cipher that others overlook while he’s busy working on his craft, soaking up the clever wordplay and improvisational flows of legendary emcees that came before him. Over dreamy production provided by Jae Illestrate, his self-titled selection unpacks the meaning of his name: “Diverse Rhymes Universal, with or without rehearsal / putting negative thoughts in reversal.”
“Too Sexy for the Gun” emphasizes verbal ammunition over pulling triggers as D.R.U. lyrically two-steps his way over an up-tempo shuffle, displaying an overabundance of charisma on the microphone. However, for all of his talent, even he recognizes that responsibilities come before rhymes, and he addresses that fact early on in the album. “Heart Away” is strikingly honest in its portrayal of work/life balance rarely favoring the artist and the soulful sonic tapestry that wraps around his words pushes those sentiments to great heights. D.R.U. doesn’t spit lines for the sake of catching wreck (although he could if the mood struck him). He clearly has a knack for storytelling, as can be heard on “How Did I End Up In Her Apartment??” As the plot takes shape, the mood quickly moves from humor to intrigue, drawing the listener deeper into his dilemma. The poignant narratives continue on “Haunted Footsteps,” as Jae Illestrate’s reverse rolls and sped-up vocal samples serve as a disorienting introduction to a familiar urban plight. Young D.R.U. handles his verses with care, running down the story of a good kid making bad decisions and how the sins of an absent father came home to visit the child.
Turning his focus to love lost, “Babye, Mabye” captures D.R.U. replaying a relationship in his mind, trying to figure out where it all went wrong over Jae’s symphonic and soulful beats. The instrumental alone can tug at your heartstrings. “Can We Go???” focuses more on the chase with our microphone misfit dropping sweet nothings with each verse and even singing the hook (quite well, mind you). Meanwhile, his bragging prerequisite is fulfilled with “I’m Everything” and “I Am Music,” but these aren’t the typical ego trips found on most rap albums. “I’m Everything” can only be described as a verbal diorama comprised entirely of metaphors, taking the act of personification and pushing it as far as it can go. “I Am Music” continues this exercise over gorgeous jazz-infused production with D.R.U. referencing various musical acts with the speed of a radio dial in seek mode. Where else can you hear lyrical nods to Jay-Z, Macy Gray, Madonna, and Taylor Swift worked into the same verse?
Save for some occasional assists from crew member D-Nick, D.R.U. is more than capable of holding down P.U.S.H. or P.U.L.L. on his own. His words over Jae Illestrate’s beats are a match made in heaven, a new school rendering of old school tradition that will turn the heads of jaded fans and make them hang on to every word. The sitar and tablas-laden “Utopia” could be considered the album’s manifesto, defiantly declaring hip-hop “D.E.A.D. – Done Exaggerating And Delivering wackness.” Dropping knowledge for all to catch, the rap game is in good hands with Young D.R.U. on the scene.
Reviewed by Jason Randall Smith
Rating: 4.5 stars (out of 5)
released September 7, 2011
**Jae Illestrate of Regular Cats Productions[Production]
**"Classick" of Classick Studios (Chicago, IL)[Production & Engineering]