Author: Hessian

Young Sim 
Audio Diary
Feel Good Music Coalition
Street: 05.05.11
Young Sim = Murs + Will Smith + Ant
Young Sim is known in Salt Lake City as a humble guy who conveys his message to his listeners in a vulgarity-free and violence-free manner. He does this by refraining from adding curses and glocks into his rhymes while keeping the essence of hip hop in his music. He is best known for his viral YouTube song, “Teach me how to Jimmer,” a “Teach Me How to Dougie” remix. Audio Diary is a great album from the local scene. “Facebook,” a track that has a pop feel with Kiliona and Emerson Kennedy, two local artists who are making moves, is one of my favorites on the album. This track talks about social networking and the trouble it can cause. I like the song because of the entire vibe that the trio captured while creating the song. All three bring something different to the track and it comes together quite nicely. In “Letter to my Pop,” a slower track on the album, Young Sim brings you back into a ‘sit down, listen and elaborate’ type of mood through meaningful lyrics to his father over a mellow instrumental. With the high morals of a modern day Will Smith and the always-clear and to-the-point lyrical style of Murs, I think it’s going to be pretty difficult for this guy to fail at his craft. Feel free to check the album out.

Broken Silence
We See Everything EP
Arterial Records
Street: 01.01
Broken Silence = Swollen Members + Beastie Boys + Task Rock
“Broken Silence means a change in the way music is viewed and heard.”—Words from their Facebook page. Three emcees come together to form this hip hop group that has nearly a decade under their belts. We See Everything is pretty good for an EP. The group captures their audience with their Swollen Members sound, and messages about how the way things are in this world are about to change. They embrace hip hop to the fullest, using various retro samples in their instrumentals to apply a classic feel to a modern product. I liked what I heard from this short six-song EP and would like to hear what the LP sounds like. My favorite track on the EP is “Can’t Stop Pushin’,” because the beat is such a banger. Check them out on Facebook, not to be confused with “A Broken Silence,” the new Limp Bizkit album. Keep it up, dudes. Style is something that cannot be taught or acquired, it is something that resonates within.