(Review) Yung We$t – Bang Out


“Bang Out”, the official single from Yung We$t, is a proper introduction for the LAB Records artist.  The 1st single from We$t’s upcoming EP, All Or Nothing has a really infectious California swagger, which is great to listen to. It’s unmistakably gangster rap, and doesn’t shy from violent themes. Yet through competent lyricism and an impressive instrumental, the song is able to redefine its message through musicianship, transcending vulgarity yet remaining hardcore.

It takes a special kind of alchemy to be able to make your listeners want to bounce in their car with an artist who claims to have “survived more shootouts than a Vietnam Vet”. We$t somehow manages it. Despite delving deeply into the realm of murder-metaphor and gangster mentality, “Bang Out” remains a fun track to listen to and to play out loud. The title, “Bang Out” seems to take on two meanings, one street-oriented, the other revolving around the upbeat experience of listening to the song itself.

Excellent production work on the part of Kev Da Khemist, who demonstrates a keen understanding of the power of silence, holding out breaks or reducing to minimal the instrumental for extended periods to induce a jarring freshness to select areas of the track.  There’s a definite influence of Eminem-era Dr. Dre production here.  I’m a huge fan of the female vocalist in the second verse that gives the record a far-away quality and intensifies Yung We$t’s subject matter at that moment. This record makes for a fantastic West Coast driving song or a really great subway commute anthem depending on where you’re from. Either way, anyone who gives it a listen is sure to get something worthwhile out of the experience.

– iLikeZach

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