Brainstorm Young M.C.'s new record, Brainstorm , is an icy shower. For an artist who sold over 2 million copies of his 1989 debut, Stone Cold… Brainstorm Young M.C.'s new record, Brainstorm , is an icy shower. For an artist who sold over 2 million copies of his 1989 debut, Stone Cold… Young M.C. Hip-Hop/Rap
Music Review

Brainstorm (1991)

EW's GRADE
C-

Details Lead Performance: Young M.C.; Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Young M.C.'s new record, Brainstorm, is an icy shower. For an artist who sold over 2 million copies of his 1989 debut, Stone Cold Rhymin', won several prestigious music awards, and leaped to a major label (after squirming out of a contract with independent Delicious Vinyl), this 24-year-old refuses to use his enviable clout to take artistic risks. Young M.C. is more technician than poet, preferring to string words together with a nimble tongue than show any passion: ''Do You Feel Like I Do,'' a pleading declaration of love, sounds neither desperate nor lusty. Elsewhere, the album decays into a series of cute teenage tales and laughably facile anti-alcohol or anti-smoking sentiments. The one compelling moment comes on ''Listen to the Beat of the Music,'' which contains a sensitive reflection on the homeless, layered over a pretty acoustic guitar. Young M.C. is surely capable of creating memorable music, but you won't hear much of it here. C-

Originally posted Aug 16, 1991 Published in issue #79 Aug 16, 1991 Order article reprints
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