Voice of the Young People Lil Mama's giddy hit "Lip Gloss" entered the hip-hop glamosphere last summer with nothing but a spartan bass line, handclaps, and a simple rap —… Voice of the Young People Lil Mama's giddy hit "Lip Gloss" entered the hip-hop glamosphere last summer with nothing but a spartan bass line, handclaps, and a simple rap —… 2008-04-29 Lil Mama Hip-Hop/Rap
Music Review

Voice of the Young People (2008)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Apr 29, 2008; Lead Performance: Lil Mama; Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Lil Mama's giddy hit ''Lip Gloss'' entered the hip-hop glamosphere last summer with nothing but a spartan bass line, handclaps, and a simple rap — ''My lip gloss is cool, my lip gloss be poppin'/I'm standing at my locker, and all the boys keep stoppin''' — and this precocious energy infuses the teen's first full-length. Sure, Voice of the Young People can suffer from overblown production, as on the nursery-rhyming ''G-Slide (Tour Bus).'' But kids will dig smart, quick cuts like the Southern-fried snap of ''Shawty Get Loose,'' featuring Chris Brown, who adds the ''special'' to Mama's sauce. B+
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Originally posted May 02, 2008 Published in issue #990 May 09, 2008 Order article reprints