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MP3 Young Shah - Affirmative Action

Young Shah has a unique style that brings Hip Hop back to reality; Southern Revolutionary Hip Hop is more than rap songs, it is a movement.

17 MP3 Songs
HIP HOP/RAP: Hip Hop, HIP HOP/RAP: Alternative Hip Hop

Young Shah-Affirmative Action
Todd Gaines

Young Shah, a recent graduate of UAB and now a law student in Birmingham, is about to shatter the stereotype of today''s emcee. The 1st generation son of Persian parents, Pooya Eslami began playing piano at 9 years old to separate himself from the rough environment that surrounded him. A natural entertainer, Eslami began finding his musical talent during his piano lessons and impromptu Michael Jackson impersonations. Young Shah reminisces about the moment he felt his true calling:

"As a freshman in college I would always freestyle around my friends. One night we were out and there were people rapping at the club. My friends forced me to get on stage and freestyle in front of everyone. I jumped on stage started rhyming and everything around me went pitch black. I went into a complete trance. That moment I knew within my heart this was the route I wanted to take with my life."
Young Shah delivers a style that true hip hop fans need and want. Shah is as diverse as they come, and he stands out from most rappers considering he has real talent and a true love for music. Anyone who is a fan of Hip Hop and doesn''t know who YS is needs to find out, or they''ll miss out on one of the supreme talents in music today. Seldom will you find an artist with true intellect behind every rhyme. Shah''s album Affirmative Action is full of lyrical insights backed up by refreshing beats and top notch production. Shah combines shrewd wordplay with his life experience and his hidden rhetoric, not only harmonizing each aspect, but bringing it all together to create his sound.
Affirmative Action is one of those albums you can put in, then just sit back and listen-without getting bored. It''s hard to categorize his songs, but feel them you will. Throughout the album, Shah demonstrates why he is one of the few unique vocalists in Hip Hop today. His harmonies and writing style make each composition feel distinctive.
The bass-drive of "You Don''t" will have neighbors knocking across the country, while "Stuck in the System" will have you searching for meaning and contemplating life. With vocals dripping with pain, "Skin Deep" tells a tale of unspeakable loss; to explain it would be disrespectful. "War Crimes" is a poignant commentary of the war in Iraq told from the perspective of a soldier''s letters home. The "Affirmative Action (Outro)" will have you drifting into symphonic pleasure, leaving you craving for more.
Countless rappers today talk about a mass of selfish things and ideas, bolstered by a comic combination of a thuggish attitude, bling-bling, and oversize clothes. YS is not that stereotypical rapper; he is his music and wishes only to be heard. Saying that Affirmative Action is a good album would be like saying Biggie was a good rapper; what Young Shah has created is a modern day classic. Pick up Affirmative Action and experience one of the best hip hop albums of the year.

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