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Bloggerhouse Presents: The Return of The Shelved Album (Young Zee-Musical Meltdown)

by Eric on August 18, 2010

“Musical Meltdown”-Young Zee

Slated Release Date: (1996, Perspective Records)

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First gaining notoriety with a show-stopping appearance on the Fugees “Cowboys” from their seminal sophomore effort, “The Score”, New Jersey’s (also home to the Fugees) Young Zee quickly became one of the most recognizable voices in hip-hop.  Quickly capitalizing on the new-found fame courtesy of the “Cowboys” cameo, Zee soon released the “backpack banger”, “Problems” b/w “Jack Mode” on the Perspective Records imprint.  Even though Zee dropped the plodding “Everybody Get” (a 12″ that also featured production from KRS-One and Ski) just one year earlier, again, on the Perspective label, “Cowboys” should have served as the perfect warm-up to Zee’s full-length debut “Musical Meltdown”, right?  Not so fast, Perspective never released the album.

The one thing that I remember most about “Musical Meltdown” was it’s rating in the June, ’96 issue of The Source.  To say that The Source sh*t on “Musical Meltdown” is stating it lightly, the album only received 2 Mics!  I mean, you saw a ton of albums, even if they were borderline ass, hovering somewhere between the 2.5-3.5 Mic rating, but to give Zee’s debut 2 Mics?  C’mon son, I’ll agree, the album may have been under-produced but Zee’s delivery and just his personality in general, was enough to catapult the album to at the very least,  3 Mics!  Besides, I don’t know if I’ve ever seen an album reviewed in The Source garner anything less than 2 Mics, can you?

As the so-called front-man of The Outsidaz (the first act signed to Ruff Life), the New Jersey crew that spawned the careers of notable artists such as Pacewon (If you haven’t heard Pace’s “Children Sing” with Mr. Green, stop snoozin’!) as well as  Zee’s baby’s mama,  Rah Digga, Zee laced “Musical Meltdown” with an abundance of  tongue in cheek “get money” anthems that amazingly worked thanks to Zee’s lyrical wit and well-timed humor. “Musical Meltdown”`also features a few big-time cameos from the likes of Lauryn Hill (“Stay Gold”), Redman and strangely enough KRS-One, whom appears on both “Crazy” and “Milk” (along with Busta Rhymes), but it’s Zee how holds the fort down, in most instances, very adequately on the solo tip.

Even if the production on the album seems somewhat minimal by 2010 standards, tracks such as the aforementioned “Stay Gold” and “Problems” are true diamonds in the rough, that deserve to be heard, as does the majority of “Musical Meltdown”. It’s just too damn bad that Zee couldn’t have replaced Pras on “The Score” and “Blunted On Reality”.

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{ 2 comments }

ENIG August 19, 2010 at 6:47 am

2 mics? werd? this album was dope, I heard Everybody Get for the first time as the opening to NY Undercover

chronwell August 19, 2010 at 2:37 pm

Looks like a banger.Zee has a style with no father and no children. I recall when this came out. It was between the release of the Score and MuddyWaters but I dont remember it in stores or bootleg tables. It went triple wood. What was Perspective records anyhow?

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