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Hiphop for Kids? Wait, no.

Nat Allister
A review of "Young and Free" by The Walkman
Written January 6th, 2017, 10:20 am by

Nat Allister FROM Fox & Beggar Theater Inc.

SongLadder Editor
“Young and Free” is a lyrically tight, gangster’s braggadocio basically about just that, being young, free, and in power. My favorite part about this track is the sample of the Free Design's "Love You," a singsong, happy lullaby that gets sampled frequently throughout the track ("give a little time for the child within you/ don't be afraid to be young and free/ fun to relax and throw away the keys, and/ take off your shoes and socks, and run you"), which relaxes the tone of the song and gives it a confident swagger that takes a little of the edge of its misogynistic and violent lyrics ("I say I keep a piece to keep the piece/ but really I keep a piece to keep a piece"). I'm not totally sure what the Walkman is after with this track, since the "Love You" theme of being young and loved creates a bizarre contrast with his aggressive rhymes about bitches, guns, and anger. Maybe this paradox is what he's after.

"Young and Free" will be stuck in my head because

The hook

I would add "Young and Free" to a playlist called

Machismo HipHop

The most impressive instrumental/vocal performance in this recording is

Tight rhyming

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