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Tam – YEG to the World [Review]

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Edmonton, AB – The much anticipated YEG to the World mixtape from Tam has just dropped online. YEG to the World includes collaborations with producers including Kaz Mega, BMoney Grenier and Drake’s producer, Snaz. Tam also teamed up with rappers Muta, JoThrillz, Deuce Fantastick and Arlo from the Politic Live crew. After all, a mixtape showing love to Edmonton wouldn’t be complete without a handful of YEG-representing MCs. Download the mixtape and check out our review after the jump.

Tam – YEG to the World [Review]   - HipHopCanada.com

The mix starts off with a good dose of real talk—a four-minute introduction that speaks to Tam’s regrets about his hiatus from music, love for his daughter, and conflicts with his father. The track is laced with a simple beat, courtesy of Drake’s producer, Snaz. After Tam tries his hand at production for the summer chill-out tune “Ride,” the track “Avalon Knights” seemingly serves as an ode to Tam’s days in middle school, where Tam actually met Kaz Mega and Jay Banger. But according to Tam, the track was not actually about his school days. His junior high experience only serves as an introduction to the track. So it’s an elusive song under the guise of a trip down memory lane.

After the JoThrillz assisted banger about banging, “Spend the Night,” Tam pauses for a contemplative interlude, “Rain,” that accounts a shooting from 10 years ago: “I turn around and just—boom—drop to the ground.” This chilling anecdote pushes Tam into much more personal territories. The track “E City” is one of the most intimate love songs out there—and the lucky recipient of Tam’s affections is —of course— his hometown, Edmonton. The mixtape winds down with the lyrical equivalent of a flip-off, “Hi Haters (Part 3),” where Tam acknowledges and dismisses his haters: “Hi haters/ Bye haters/ Why haters?/ We could have been friends.” The mixtape finishes with a grande finale, “What’s Next.” Tam spits some hungry verses about losing friends. It puts a bit of a damper on the end of the project. It feels incomplete. While the project has consistent polished production (and lyrical flow to match), the climax of the tape is missing in action. YEG to the World is intimate. And it serves an excellent lyrical biography for one of Edmonton’s up-and-coming MCs. But the structure of the tape is a bit like Edmonton – you’ll “Spend the Night,” but you may find it all too predictable within a few days.

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Sarah Sussman is HipHopCanada's Associate Editor in Chief. Sarah was born-and-raised in Calgary, AB. She is a freelance writer and photographer, as well as a 2013 graduate from SAIT Polytechnic's journalism program. She writes about hip-hop and fashion (and sometimes a combination of the two). Sarah has written for The Weal, Where Calgary, Essential Calgary, and Our Alberta. Sarah started working with HipHopCanada in Jan. 2013 as Canadian Prairies Editor. She has been fortunate enough to interview some gnarly fine folks, including Moka Only, Joey Bada$$, Mac Miller, Maseo (De La Soul), Ali Shaheed Muhammad (A Tribe Called Quest), and more. Twitter: @IHeartTART

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