It's fair to call Avatar Young Blaze a veteran by now on the local scene, having released a half dozen or so mixtapes, "street albums", and full-length downloads over the past few years. Still in his early-mid twenties, he raps with a presumably hard-earned street wisdom at his back that gives his rhymes a chilling realness, as he spits on aggressive opener "Darko": "They rap in third person, but me, I really did it." He still flaunts a young energy, though, and keeps his verses raw, and entertainingly vulgar.
Taking this into account, Soviet Goonion is a great title for his newest release (dropped on us yesterday). While the Bloc-born rapper comfortably resides under the gangster rap umbrella, he exhibits a sharp sense of humor with his cascading punch-lines. It also makes a goofball like Nacho Picasso a natural guest choice, and he appears on two of the more raunchy tracks on board ("It Ain't On Me", and "Scumbag Anthem"). The tone of the album in general is brash, and only vaguely introspective. It's not his best front-to-back effort (I'm still stuck on The Iron Curtain), but it's pretty damn solid; excluding the extremely popping opening number, I'd say the back half of the album is stronger than the front. He's at his best when he pushes himself to rap abstractly over left-field beats (as on "Fast Life Experts"), or when he's at his most viscous ("Darko", "Never Cool Off"). On most all fronts though, he's still the venomous lyricist we've come to expect, and he continues to fly high.
Check out Soviet Goonion after the jump or stream it over at Datpiff.com.