EP Review | YGTUT – I.O.U.

This EP was released on January 18th this year. The only other project I’ve ever heard from YGTUT is that Preacher’s Son album he dropped in 2015. I thought that was a really good project. He’s a member of a collective called The House along with Isaiah Rashad & Michael Da Vinci among others. My favorite song from him is definitely Sheba, which featured Angel Mae. I’m not expecting this project to sound anything like Preacher’s Son. I liked that project, but I didn’t love it, so I won’t be too disappointed if this project sounds completely different. Unfortunately I don’t have the production credits for every single track on this project, so you’ll have to forgive me for that. Anyway, I’m expecting this to be pretty good.

1. Can’t Tell Me Shit

The beat on this song isn’t bad. It doesn’t really stand out that much, but it’s decent. Hmmm… I don’t, uh… I don’t really think I’m gonna be listening to this again. The hook’s nothing special. There’s only one verse, and it’s not that impressive. It’s not really bad though. Nothing about this song is wack to me. It just really doesn’t stand out at all to me. I know I didn’t really say much about this song, but that’s because I’m pretty indifferent towards it. It’s super average to me. I wouldn’t call this bad, but I’m never gonna listen to it again.

2. Goodnight

I really like the production on this track. It sounds happy. Hmm… I don’t know why, but I just don’t really have anything to say about YGTUT’s actual rapping on this track. His flow is pretty average, and nothing he’s saying is that interesting. He has a slightly melodic delivery on the hook. He wasn’t rapping poorly at all. I’m just not really that impressed. I definitely like this song more than the previous track, but that’s mostly due to the production. I enjoyed this song to a certain extent. I’m really hoping this doesn’t end up being my favorite song on the project. It’s a cool track though. I like it.

3. Mind Ya Business produced by D. Sanders

This song easily has the best beat on the whole project so far. It sounds more like something that could’ve shown up on Preacher’s Son. YGTUT’s flow on the first verse is actually pretty nice. Okay, this is definitely the best song so far. The hook is nothing special, but it gets the job done. Again, this isn’t that interesting of a song lyrically. It’s an entertaining track sonically though. I really like the mellow beat, and his flow is nice. This is dope.

4. Get It produced by Aaron Bell

This track is pretty identical to the previous one. The production is similarly laid back. The hook is nothing special, but it’s not bad I guess. Lyrically, this song is boring to me. He really doesn’t say anything that stands out at all. It’s pretty generic. His flow is nice on the first verse though. The second verse is fine. Hmm… Overall, I think this song is kinda good. I don’t like it quite as much as the previous track though. I definitely enjoyed it to a certain extent, but it’s not really that great. It’s cool though. I like it.

5. Too Hard produced by Ktoven & Park Ave

This song definitely has the best production on the project so far. The beat is great. The sung hook from YGTUT is actually pretty nice too. His flow on the first verse is really dope. It’s still not super interesting lyrically, but this is a good song sonically. The second verse was cool. There are only two verses, but they’re both pretty good. This is probably the best song on the whole project so far honestly. I’m not blown away by it, but it’s pretty entertaining. I fuck with this track. It’s dope.

6. Big Poppa

The jazzy beat on this song is pretty nice. I could see Isaiah Rashad on this track. The sung hook sounds good. Once again, YGTUT has a dope flow on the first verse. Huh… I just finished listening to the whole song. You know… This is another one of those tracks that I enjoyed, but I don’t really have much to say about it. I like it, but I must say the production seemed a little repetitive after a while. It’s another track in which the lyrics kind of go in one ear and out the other. None of the lines are particularly bad. They just don’t grab my attention in any way. It’s a cool song though. I enjoyed it.

7. Can’t Waste Time

The beat on this track is awesome honestly. This is the best beat so far. Once again, the lyrics don’t really stand out that much to me. His flow is nice on the first verse though. Some uncredited female vocals come in during the second half of the song. They sound pretty generic, but it’s not bad. Hmm… The way the song ends is kind of weak. It really just fizzles out. The song could’ve used a little more work honestly. I think it’s one of the better tracks on the project though. I fuck with it. It’s dope.

This is a good EP. I think it’s pretty flawed though. As I’ve said a few times already, this project kind of leaves something to be desired lyrically. It kinda reminds me of The Sun’s Tirade mainly because it doesn’t really seem like the artist had anything important to say. I think Preacher’s Son was a better project, but this is an enjoyable release too. None of these songs really blew me away, but I liked most of them. It doesn’t really seem like he put that much effort into these tracks though. It doesn’t really offer that much outside of some nice, mellow beats and cool flows. I hope his next release is an improvement over this one. Anything worse than this would be pretty disappointing. I like this project though. It’s dope.

Favorite Song: Too Hard
Least Favorite Song: Can’t Tell Me Shit


Grade: B-

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