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Classic Album Review: Yy | Hold the Fort Down

The Winnipeg rapper is quick of wit and tongue on his innovative debut album.

This came out in 2003 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


HOME BASE: In my backpack, with your brother.

GENRE: High-IQ hip-hop.

REVIEW: With Hold The Fort Down, uniquely named rapper Yy becomes the last of local hip-hop crew Your Brother in My Backpack to put out a solo disc. But he’s certainly not the least. As quick of wit as he is of tongue, Yy possess a scattershot flow, brisk delivery, lyrical density and the audacity to rhyme Kazahkstan with Plastic Man. And he puts all of these qualities to good use on eight innovative and artful cuts that tackle everything from Indigenous issues to civic politics. Pay special attention to the brilliant Take As You Will, which skillfully intercuts man-on-the-street interviews with Yy’s rhymes. A few more cuts like this and there’ll be no keeping him down.