We recently covered rising Detroit based Chicano rapper Yung Profhet with his video, “Subele al Volume“, off his latest project, “Vida de Rapero“. Since then we looked forward in doing an actual review on the project front to back. Recorded in 2019 at Sound Smith Studios, it was mixed/mastered by Tony Rizzo (Won a co-Grammy for Producing the Clark Sisters). The Album was produced mostly by Detroit producers and Mexican producer Elder El Futuristico. It’s good to see the variety of collabs on there from legends to up-comers who actually preserve the essence of Chicano Rap. The features list include Conejo, Capone, Jae-p, Rasheed (Dope House Records), Duende Manicomio, Doll-e Girl, Leazzy, DJ Los (Toured with Royce da 5’9 & Eminem), and King Quota.
Lets’s get straight to it! He opens the album after the intro with his self titled song that defines the project as a whole on a solo tip, “Vida de Rapero“. Bar for bar, Yung Profhet kills the beat with a mixture of Spanish verses with English punch lines giving new listeners a reason to become new fans.
A highlight of the project came immediately with that Conejo feature. After talking with YP himself, we learned the collab happened while C.O.N. hit Detroit during “The Midwest Massacre Tour“. There aren’t many rappers out of Detroit who connect with a West Coast staple like that. Being from L.A., if you don’t know who Conejo is, he is one of the fathers of Chicano Rap, especially in the underground. Make sure to check out the song they did together featuring Capone, “Money Mission“. Being that Yung Profhet is a master of Spanglish rhymes over heavy bass beats, this feature made perfect since, and will be considered a classic track as years pass.
“Sigo en Lo Mio” featuring Leazzy is strait fire! She must be one of the dopest female Spanish emcees out right now. Took me straight to the 90’s Wu-Tang days when that instrumental started playing and Profhet started spittin’. On “Can’t Fold“, Yung Profhet spills his soul out with this one. For some reason that song reminded me of some of Nipsey Hussle, when the late great released those tracks everybody could relate to. If you want that lyrical ferociousness, make sure to listen to “Motivados” featuring Duende Manicomio and King Quota. I also really enjoyed the last 2 songs of the album, the extended and Cumbia versions of his selt titled track. It’s not everyday we listen to projects and discover new artists to add to our radar. After listening to all 11 tracks, not counting the intro and skits, it’s hard just to highlight a handful of track off the album.
The score I give “Vida de Rapero” is a 8/10. This decision is made because we feel this is a complete album catering to any type of Hip Hop fan, Spanish or English, Underground or Commerical. Now it’s up to you to stream the rest but we we feel this album will go down as a classic for years to come. It will not disappoint if you strive to find that DOPE!