Cousins Mark and Rudy Strong (both born in 1986) grew up in Milwaukee, WI and have been working on music since a very young age. Inspired by artist like Jay-Z, DMX, and Method Man & Redman, the two decided to take music more seriously and pursue their passion as a career. In 2008 they released their mixtape We Want In Vol. 2, which resulted in a national feature in The Source’s “Unsigned Hype Section,” UK’s top magazine “Rago Magazine” and more. Their single “So Fresh” featured on the AND1 DVD series and more. The mixtape went on to sell more than 15,000 units independently throughout the following year.
Immediately after the success of We Want In Vol. 2, Streetz-n-Young Deuces released their next mixtape Money Marathon, which gained the attention of Aphilliates Music Group. In 2009, Streetz-n-Young Deuces started working with DJ Drama’s protege, DJ Head Debiase, and went on to release two mixtapes through their brand. That same year they inked a sponsorship from Crunk Energy Drink, an energy drink who also sponsored Lil Jon, Pitbull, and Paul Wall. In addition to the sponsorship the duo was able to perform on stages with Big K.R.I.T, Lupe Fiasco, B.o.B, Young Buck and others.
Streetz-n-Young Deuces began working on their 6th mixtape Next Day Air hosted by Shade 45 DJ, DJ Averi Minor, and sponsored by major blog RubyHornet.com in 2011. The mixtape took nearly a year to be created but turned out to be one of the group’s most credible mixtapes with features from Mickey Factz and The Black Wall Street Records artist Mysonne.
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I can’t believe how good Next Day Air turned out to be, it seems like a breath of fresh air for rap and hiphop. I expected a lot from these boys reading all the hype spread around the web. Most of the beats are really good for those who love beats, but the lyrics are even better and the album is very cohesive as it flows from track to track effortlessly.
In fact this is one of the best rap albums (even it is officially a mixtape) I’ve heard all year. It’s got great production, great rapping, and great writing. There is not a bad song on here and Streetz-n-Young Deuces don’t go commercial either.
From start to finish this album set’s itself apart from a lot of music that came out this year. Sure the mixtape is long-winded as it has 24 tracks, but all the beats fit their style of lyrics perfectly. Sometimes Streetz-n-Young Deuces’ greatest rhymes are not the most complex, because they know that the greatest rhymes are the ones that are most understandable. And they nail it every time!
The one thing that is clearly evident throughout is that Streetz-n-Young Deuces’ is the real deal, there is no doubt about it. All you have to do is listen to Next Day Air. If you’re a fiend for real street music and if you like hearing people who seem to have really lived what they’re talking about then Mark and Rudy Strong are the men.
Standouts on the mixtape include “Wu Tang”, “Pour Up”, “Just Like That”, “Amazing”, “High Life”, “Place Me ft. Mickey Factz”, “Pole”, “I’m Good”, “Crazy”, “Hands High ft. Kristina Avant”, “Ridin”, “Cadillac Music” and “I’m Home ft. B-Eazy The Prince”.
All-round the beats flow with the lyrics very well, accounting for amazing songs, track after track. Next Day Air is a great, solid mixtape from start to finish. It positions itself to be one of the selected few in the crowd. Real hip-hop fans who have been craving for something that fills the void of a classic sounding album, will find it in this mixtape.
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