Nigerian born, Bay area raised (Richmond Cali) Emcee, Yung Mo the Governor has dropped his 20 track debut album which is a narrative of a tough 2015, filled with breakups, the single life, dealing with a dying father, realizing potential, and getting to the money. With beats from the likes of Lev from the Grill studios, Problem Child, Taylor Supreme, Rsoundzz, and Cannis Major this project carries an important message disguised in codes that is meant for the world to hear.
I was looking forward to two new artist’s albums. After listening thoroughly to both albums, I’ve got to say that Yung Mo the Governor came out way on top. “Better Late Than Never” is a real rap album. Yung Mo’s flow is smooth and all his production shines. He has a laid back rhyme-style and his ability to use genius-like metaphors and custom street slang help make this album even more ear-friendly.
With an entire list of tracks that can’t be skipped, Yung Mo put in serious effort here. He didn’t just throw the album together. You can hear that from the lyrics and the production choices, right down to the sample clips. He has the mentality to do what he feels he was born to do and that is what I like about him the most. Yung Mo the Governor is one of those rare rappers that have it all: Lyricism, witty charisma and a respectable harder edge. He couldn’t have chosen a better name for this album either because that’s what it is, “Better Late Than Never”.
By the time you hit the slow-burning third track, “Irrelevant” produced by Lev, you will be entangled in its mesmerizing web of hypnotic raps. And it only gets better from there on out. You will bump into banging up-tempo dancehall styled tracks like “A Little” featuring June B., or darker soundscapes like “Run It Back” ft. Damey and produced by Rsoundzz. If you like a sweeter, more soulful vibe, fall into tunes like “The Chase” ft. City and Gamble, or maybe “Smooth” produced by Taylor. But if you really want to chill out, checkout “Deceitful” produced by Cannis, as well as “On It” and “My All” produced by Lev.
Yung Mo manages to be both authentically hip-hop and commercially viable in this endeavor. You can listen to all of the tracks straight through without skipping a song. The beats are incredible, but they are backed by even stronger lyrics. With his debut album release, “Better Late Than Never”, Yung Mo the Governor has proven that he plans to be a figure in the game and stay that way for quite a while.