EP Review | Sylvan LaCue – Young Sylvan Ep. 3

This EP was released on July 9th this year. Sylvan LaCue is one of my favorite rappers, and I really enjoyed the first two entries in this Young Sylvan trilogy, so I had no reason to believe that this wouldn’t be a great extended play. I listened to the first two Young Sylvan EPs one more time before checking this one out, and that made me pretty excited to listen to it. I think it was a good idea to stagger this Young Sylvan project into three acts. It makes the project more digestible overall. Anyway, if I’m not mistaken, every track is produced by Merlaku Ra.

There aren’t any tracks that I don’t like on this project, so I’ll write about it in the proper order of the tracklist. It begins with I Miss Aaliyah. I was actually pretty impressed by the production from Merlaku Ra on this track. The beats weren’t really a selling point for me on the first couple of EPs in this Young Sylvan series, but they felt more detailed on this third entry. I really dig the beat on this track. The hook from Sylvan has a really smooth flow, and he killed the verses too.

Blessings I keep close, 30 bands—lost that, had to hit the road
Jigga said "sign this," I said "no," I won't fold, not even for Hov
Fuck the resentment, but don't get it blowed
Niggas gon' pay me whatever I'm owed

It’s a dope track. The following track is a highlight entitled Offer. The beat on this track legitimately blew me away. Sylvan’s flow and energy on this song are crazy too. It also has probably my favorite hook on the project. The violin that comes in during the hook sounds fucking awesome. It’s easily my favorite track on the project to be honest. There’s nothing about it that I don’t like. I think it’s dope as hell. Track 3 is entitled To the Max, and this one actually features a vocal appearance from Merlaku Ra. I really like his kind of dark, tense production on this track. The opening verse from Sylvan is pretty cool, but to be honest the most memorable part of the track for me is Merlaku Ra’s verse. There’s just a nice contrast between their two styles. It kinda reminded me of 42 Dugg’s appearance on the latest Tyler the Creator album. They both did a great job on this track. I think it’s a pretty good song. The penultimate track is entitled Dafuq. That’s definitely my favorite song title out of all the tracks Sylvan has dropped this year. The hook is fire, and I love Sylvan’s flow on the verse. I actually like the simplistic piano loop, and the heavy bass that eventually comes in is great. The song is really dope. The closing track is called D.Wade, and it has one of my favorite beats on the project. I love how dramatic it sounds. It makes me think of Kingdom Hearts. I love the melodic refrain on this track, and Sylvan killed the verses. I like how he said he’s tryna be the black Bill Nye. That’s what’s up. I also like how he said he takes a puff and then goes crosseyed. That was funny. It’s one of my favorite songs that Sylvan has released this year to be honest. I think it’s dope as hell.

This EP is pretty great to me. I like it more than the second one and less than the first one. I think it’s probably the most consistent out of all of them though. I feel like this is the best produced one too. I was actually impressed by Merlaku Ra’s production. One thing I appreciate about Sylvan is that for the past few years his projects have had a focus on mental health as a theme. This whole Young Sylvan series has a loose theme of trauma, which just adds another layer to the project. I think this shit is dope. There are no tracks here that I don’t like. Check it out.

Favorite Song: Offer
least Favorite Song: To the Max


Grade: B+


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