In the early 90s Long Beach, CA was the true home of G-Funk, and is responsible for giving us west coast legends such as Snoop Dogg, Warren G, and Nate Dogg. Despite the timeless music those icons created, that era is far behind us now. In recent memory there really hasn’t been a clear leader to carry the torch for the LBC, but that may have just changed. $tupid Young has been leading the way for his city as of late. Since the release of his breakout hit, “Mando” featuring Mozzy back in 2017, Young has been all gas no breaks. After releasing three mixtapes since 2018, the Cambodian-American rapper has released his long-awaited debut album From Here On Out.
‘From Here On Out’ is 12-tracks long, and about an half hour listen all the way through. Leading up to the album’s release, $tupid Young dropped three singles. The lead single is the DJ Idea-produced “Wit a Sticc” featuring one of Detroit’s finest in Tee Grizzley. Grizzley shouts out the Asian Crips as the two MCs reciprocate verses to go along with the catchy hook. The second single is “I Can’t Change” featuring NoCap with LA producers Laudiano & Steelz cooking up the instrumental. The third and final single was the west coast thumper “Suppose To” featuring Mike Sherm & Blueface.
After listening to the three singles, they all shared two similarities. One, was that they all included high profiled features. Two, they were all sounds we’ve heard $tupid Young use before. The MC released the big featured tracks prior to the album drop on purpose, so that when the project was out all the new music’s spotlight was on $tupid Young for the most part so that he can display original sounds.
On the intro track “10 Toes Down” featuring Rolls Rome, Young sets the tone for the album with his storytelling about his past life & the people in his life he’s lost on the melodic instrumental. After a somber introduction, he turns the mood up immediately on “Stay Down” produced by Cypress Moreno. Young teamed up with his Empire labelmate Rucci for “Nobody”. Rucci acknowledges the Asian Boyz in his verse and shows unity with the lyric “I wear my flag on the right, you wear the flag on the left”. Young flexed his skills as an MC on “Stupid Freestyle”, with a flow we haven’t heard from him before. “Huh” was a solid way to put the stamp on the 28-year old artist’s debut album.
$tupid Young flexes his ability as a storyteller, and as an artist who can put a solid hook together consistently. He had heartfelt music, turnt up music, and he displayed bars all throughout this project. From Here On Out is out now on all streaming platforms.