Born in the midst of the Caribbean, Young Slay aka Mèt Piwèt grew up with the mentality of a survivor. While music was always echoing in the back of his mind, he knew the only way to assure survival was through education. So he says, he excelled at school, not because he was smart but because it was his only option.
Currently pursuing a degree in Psychology, and a minor in Art at FAU, Young Slay is influenced by different music genres from Reggae, Rock n’ roll, Heavy Metal, Classical Music, Soul and of course Rap and Hip Hop. He says he would like to think that he is doing, what he’s doing for the love of the art and not for the extrinsic rewards. “Because once money is the first priority, it’s mostly likely we are going to self-destruct,” he affirms.
Young Slay’s 2012 album “Faces Got No Race” contains 14 Rap/Hiphop/R&B tracks, featuring a vast collection of technical credits. The album was Engineered by Rekstarr, while “Aftermath (tribute to Haiti), was engineered and mixed by Double R. Six tracks were Mixed by Mumbles and seven were tracks Mixed by Rekstarr, while the album was Mastered at Channelfusemedia.com. The Album was written by Yveton Isnor (BMI), except for “In My Belly” which was co-written by Jonathon Faley. The Artwork and Graphic design was done by Yveton Isnor.
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With “Faces Got No Race,” Young Slay seems to have found that elusive balance between hip-hop that is politically conscious but not “preachy”; deeply soulful but not boring; not over-commercial but never radio unfriendly.
If you’re looking for an album that has good lyricism, production and serious messages. Young Slay brings all of this and more to the table here. He is busy building the bridge from the underground to the mainstream, without the hype but thoroughly enjoyable, addictive, emotional and positive. Not only does he provide a powerfully positive flow on nearly every song, but he does so with great word-play, pulling verses and rhymes out of life experiences and solid ideals.
The songs flow in perfect order and there are so many standout songs that bring this album together completely, like: “In My Belly,” “Polograph,” “Take You Away,” “Faces Got No Race,” “Blood,” “Mislead & Miseducated” and “When I Die.” Proving that Young Slay aka Mèt Piwèt has not only put together a great album but an album that is good for hip hop music as a whole, adding in intelligence, creativity and emotion.
“Faces Got No Race,” epitomizes quality in every sense. From the beats, to the lyrics and the vocals, this album delivers. Politically this album packs a punch too, and It defines a socially conscious emcee who also knows how to fire up the dance-floor One of the nicer aspects of Slay’s music is that there is also plenty of catchy choruses to his work. So this is music you can sing along to, as well as just nod your head to.
This is a very solid hip hop album, and the amount of good songs on it is enough to equal the number of good songs on any 2 albums from most of the other indie rappers out there today, while Young Slay’s lyrics send powerful messages and are undoubtedly among the best around. Give this one a listen.
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