Bleed - My Own
Bleed Comes Into His Own
Bleed's My Own, an LP from Priority Records with music
by Steven Below, begins with a dramatic musical composition.
The first track, "Bless 'Em All" combines heavy preaching
style lyrics with strong background music that sounds like
it belongs in a doomsday film about the end of the world.
The first song sets the tone for the whole album, which seems
to be that it's time for the people who are not living right
to change their lifestyle and improve their situation.
C It" is a fitting second track because it talks about how
many people are ignorant to the dangers of their situation,
and oblivious to the need for change. Being unaware of the
fate that awaits you is one powerful theme on this album.
The other main theme is that living in the hood makes it nearly
impossible to remain hopeful about the future. However, the
message seems to be that no matter how desperate the situation
seems people who live in the inner city cannot give up on
their neighborhoods or nothing will ever get better.
Too Short makes his appearance on "Time And Money,"a song
that adds repeating piano bars to hip hop's traditional thumping
bass music. This cut has a very synthetic sound, and will
remind listeners of all those West Coast weed-smokin' hits.
Too Short lends his gangster whine to this cut, which talks
about what real players do to get ahead in the ghetto. This
track also talks a lot about drug use and treating women like
sex objects, playing to the theme that it's hard to give up
these practices when they are all you see around you.
Lef' Me Wuz Da Streets" serves up a very powerful slice of
life from U.S. city streets. This cut speaks about drugs and
violence remaining big problems in inner city neighborhood
and beyond as long as there are new generations coming up
who are taught nothing but the ethics of thug life. This track
offers insightful commentary on the sorry state of our inner
city neighborhoods. Also, the end of the song incorporates
more foreboding, fatalistic instrumentation, which is fitting
for a song with such weighty messages.
has more of a sixties feel. This song fittingly sounds like
background music from the many "blaxploitation" movies of
the 60s and 70s. The music has a very cinematic feel, calling
to mind the image of the tough, street wise black man shuffling
down an alley with a gun, just trying to make it any way he
can in an unfriendly and unjust world.
thing about this album is that all the songs talk about not
just surviving in the ghetto, but coming out on top. The messages
are more credible coming from drummer turned rapper Young
Bleed, because he grew up in "Bloody Sticks," an extremely
violent south side neighborhood in Baton Rouge, LA.
true to yourself is one way Young Bleed says you can make
it out of bad situations. He has remained true to himself
and his music, fighting industry pressure come off as more
of a gangster than an artist.
says, "Me, I'm not really trying to be a gangsta, but more
or less be a street poet."
achieved this on his new album. While many gangster elements
are present on My Own, Young Bleed stays true to his
unique poetic flow and presents hood life in a less boastful,
more informational style.
is a more pure presentation of street life from an artist
who won't fit anyone's stereotype.