Young Tox – Music For My Droogs [Review]
Edmonton, AB – Back in December, HipHopCanada gave you the nod when Triple Crown’s Young Tox dropped his mixtape, Music For My Droogs. We know it’s been a long minute for this review to come out; but as they say, “All good things come to those who wait” (and the wait was worth it).
As a hip-hop head it’s a necessity to have a collection of albums or mixtapes for when you just wanna sit back and chill; well you can add Music For My Droogs to that collection. The general tone of this project is filled with smooth head-nodding beats, complimented by Young Tox’s precise lyrical flow.
One track that I found myself on replay was “Mike,” featuring YEG reggae-soca singer, Oozeela. The duo brilliantly collaborate behind a sample of Maroon 5’s “She Will Be Loved.” You would never think the two were from Edmonton once you hear it; especially with elements of Oozeela’s vocals.
In “Mike,” Young Tox tells us a story about a troubled teen who’s relentlessly harassed and beat up at school. At his breaking point, Mike decides to settle the score with his bullies once and for all. Taking his Dad’s glock from the attic, Mike goes back to school with a mission. Just when assume what’s going to happen next, Tox gives the ending a switch up (and no, I’m not going to give it away).
What I like about Tox’s style is that he can spit a story like “Mike” with so much conviction that you would swear it was about him. But he can flip the script with tracks like “Purple Clouds and Blue Skies” (featuring Maz-D and Chubbs) that literally make you want to “light one up and unwind”.
There were two tracks that seemed a little out of character for the tone of this body of work: “Say My Name” (where the beats are more trap-electronic), with producer Kontact Organiks. The second was “Let’s Get Twisted” featuring Haze, which was more of a party track (obviously) and not so focused on lyrical content; so I can see how he would leave that one for last.
Young Tox hails from Edmonton, Alberta and has become very well-known in our hip-hop community. I can put money on it that a lot of ya’ll have already had the chance to digest this piece, so (hopefully) you’ll be familiar with what I’ve broken down. If you haven’t checked Music For My Droogs, then I suggest you give it a download. It’s worth the time.
Written by Rosa Jason for HipHopCanada