Young Mensah, inspired by fellow classmates like Chance the Rapper and Isaiah G, started rapping in his junior year while attending Jones College Prep. After dropping his first mixtape Ellsworth he has done shows in Chicago, Dallas, and Shreveport. His latest single release is “LaLa” ft. Bull. Every rap region has its signature style. The west coast has its gangstas, the east coast their lyricists, the south its banging productions, and the often unloved Midwest has carved its niche for possessing rapid firing emcees. Effortlessly mixing gangsta rap, lascivious odes to pimping, and underground-style consciousness, Young Mensah feels eclectic without stooping to demographic-pandering.
On his latest track, Young Mensah here proves that he’s a big dog, worthy of major-league status, officially escaping the label of novelty act. There’s plenty of impressive tongue-twisting here, and he’s even more impressive when he slips down a gear to work the song’s underbelly.
Young Mensah best work seems to have transpired over two types of tracks – dark, brooding soundscapes, and stirring bass driven bangers. On “LaLa” ft. Bull, Young Mensah makes the most of his opportunities on a blend of the two.
Young Mensah and Bull go from 0 to 100 on “LaLa” – a track with a beat that thumps like Sasquatch, with the two emcees altering their flows from slow-burning pauses before launching into breathless, rapid-fire metaphors. It’s like two unarmed sprinters dashing through a war zone.
The one goes absolutely ballistic with an endless stream of alliteration while the other throws out oddball references to throw the enemy off. Transcribing their wordplay here just doesn’t do it justice. Just listen, it’s mind-blowing.
The Young Mensah and Bull pairing sounds like a perfect match. No one can question Young Mensah lyrical prowess, as he proves that he’s more than just a gimmick. He knows how to inject both a little lightning and thunder into his tracks.
Something he achieves impressively with “LaLa” ft. Bull. The rapper’s hurricane rhyming, and the track’s booming production are easily the two most identifiable highlights here.
Criticisms or compliments alike, there can be no denying that Young Mensah forms part of those more unique groups of emcees around today, and any offering by him is a pleasant departure from the beaten and stale. The combination of Young Mensah’s quick rhymes and the track’s dark booming soundscape makes a great formula for yet another potential Chicago classic.