"VYP (Voice of the Young People) [Deluxe Version]" by Lil Mama on iTunes

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EDITORS’ NOTES

An often-hectic collision of Top 40 pop and R&B, Southern rap bluster, and New York attitude, VYP is nothing short of a rollercoaster ride. “Lip Gloss” and “Shawty Get Loose” are the requisite club missiles, but “G-Slide” is even more ferocious — a slab of Atlanta crunk done New York style, complete with a chorus that comes down as heavy as death metal. On the other end of the spectrum, there's the throbbing, stuttering “Stand Up,” and the breezy island New Wave of “Truly In Love,” two songs that echo the Caribbean flavors of Lil’ Mama’s native neighborhood. This Brooklynite can still kick a fierce rhyme, as she does on the uproarious “What It Is:” “And I ain’t tryna brag to you / And I definitely ain’t tryna keep up, cause I’m ahead of you / What, rap and I’ll murder you / Magic with a verse’ll do.” As the album careens from the nasty club music of “Make It Hot” to the soul of “Broken Pieces” to the caffeinated cattiness of the Avril Lavigne duet “Girlfriend,” it becomes hard to discern the real Lil’ Mama through all the costume changes. Then again, it might just be her taste for teenage capriciousness that ultimately confirms Lil’ Mama’s role as the “Voice of the Young People.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

An often-hectic collision of Top 40 pop and R&B, Southern rap bluster, and New York attitude, VYP is nothing short of a rollercoaster ride. “Lip Gloss” and “Shawty Get Loose” are the requisite club missiles, but “G-Slide” is even more ferocious — a slab of Atlanta crunk done New York style, complete with a chorus that comes down as heavy as death metal. On the other end of the spectrum, there's the throbbing, stuttering “Stand Up,” and the breezy island New Wave of “Truly In Love,” two songs that echo the Caribbean flavors of Lil’ Mama’s native neighborhood. This Brooklynite can still kick a fierce rhyme, as she does on the uproarious “What It Is:” “And I ain’t tryna brag to you / And I definitely ain’t tryna keep up, cause I’m ahead of you / What, rap and I’ll murder you / Magic with a verse’ll do.” As the album careens from the nasty club music of “Make It Hot” to the soul of “Broken Pieces” to the caffeinated cattiness of the Avril Lavigne duet “Girlfriend,” it becomes hard to discern the real Lil’ Mama through all the costume changes. Then again, it might just be her taste for teenage capriciousness that ultimately confirms Lil’ Mama’s role as the “Voice of the Young People.”

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This album is amazing! Hot tracks!

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She sings about her life and its soo good L.I.F.E. is amazing and I def. recommend buying right now!!!

About Lil Mama

Jumping onto the airwaves at 17, Lil Mama cleared a wide path for herself with the major radio hit "Lip Gloss" in early 2007. Raised in both Brooklyn and Harlem, Niatia Kirkland grew up with seven other siblings. She found solace in writing poetry as well as dance choreography. But with the encouragement of her father, who owns the record label Familiar Faces, she knew that being a hip-hop artist could enhance both of those interests. Joining her father's label, she traveled to Atlanta in 2006 to work exclusively with producer James "Groove" Chambers, who helped construct the "Lip Gloss" single. After some ambitious maneuvering to get her music heard, New York's flagship hip-hop/R&B station Hot 97 began playing the record constantly. When Jive Records caught wind of the "lip gloss-poppin'" single, the company quickly scooped her up in January 2007 and made Lil Mama a teen rap sensation all over the East Coast. Moving into spring and summer of that year, her reach began to expand nationally as her impressively choreographed video for the song went into rotation on MTV and BET's 106 & Park. The Jive connection allowed the high-school lyricist to bring in heavy-hitting producers like Scott Storch, Swizz Beatz, and DJ Green Lantern for her Familiar Faces/Jive debut album. ~ Cyril Cordor

  • ORIGIN
    New York, NY [Harlem]
  • BORN
    Oct 4, 1989

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