Kapone aka YungPone was born on the west side of Chicago, and lives in Minneapolis MN. He has just dropped his second mixtape, “Craziilife2”, hosted by djcamjones. And along the way he has also dropped the single, “Moving” where he recreates the formula that worked well for him on his debut mixtape and improves upon it.
The track is filled with infectious hooks and verses that introduce us to an elevated YungPone. Sosa’s maturation permeates throughout the whole track, just as it does on the “Craziilife2” mxtape. YungPone has graduated to a multiple syllabic rhyme scheme along with some eccentric metaphors that we definitely wouldn’t be expecting.
Kapone aka YungPone proves on “Moving” that he’s found a sound that works for him. This is the kind of music you bang in the whip when you want to have a good time with your friends. This is the kind of music you’d blast on your iPhone when you’re at the gym, or you’re trying to just turn up and get ready to have some fun. Once you understand the purpose of this track, you can finally appreciate it for what it is.
In a summer that has been unfortunately weighed down by fabricated hip-hop beefs, YungPone is a reminder of how thought-provoking and fun the genre can be when it wants to. It’s by no means a permanent or urgent listen, but it’s an excellent distraction before you can get hold of the “Craziilife2” mixtape.
“Moving” is both rich with details of the story of the struggle to make something out of oneself within a family or a community riddled with problems, and trying to become triumphant in the wake of it all. It’s about having the courage to move on in life, in spite of everyone, and all that surrounds you.
A quick listen to the “Craziilife2” mixtape also shows that YungPone has improved as a pure emcee, and it’s immediately noticeable. Checkout “R.I.P.” or “Poppin Freestyle” for confirmation.
An artist capable of holding down his own verses and hooks, he only has a couple of features present on the mixtape. Also YungPone’s ability to stay compelling for 10 tracks allows him to create a cohesive and skip-free project rather than something with just two or three memorable tracks.
The sound of “Craziilife2” is more layered, and mixed better, than any of his prior work too. Featuring a mix of various producers, the mixtape is a busy piece of production; however it still allows YungPone to capture your attention without having to yell.