By Jack Barnes
German rapper Joe Young has been making a name for himself in the hip-hop world during his lengthy career. Through his heavy involvement with Wu-Tang Clan, Young is currently the Brand Ambassador for Wu-Tang Clan’s Wu Wear European Clothing Line, and recent features on Max B’s “Silver Surfer“ (also ft Wiz Khalifa & Alpac) and DMX’s “MOE Wings“ (also ft. Big Moeses), he’s showing no signs of slowing down. Enjoy this audio stream below after the jump.
Joe Young is currently preparing for the release of his new album ‘Invincible Armour’ due out November 24th via his label Young Life Music Group. The project has an old school flavor with a slew of heavy hitting guest emcees including Raekwon, Ol Dirty Bastard, Old Dirty Junior, Masta Killah and more. Today Joe’s unveiling his first single, “Crack Babies,” featuring hip-hop icon, Method Man, and produced by Dame Grease. According to Joe the song is meant to be a challenge, “’Crack Babies’ is a record about the times we are in as far as hip-hop is concerned. It’s just me asking myself about what is happening in hip-hop. Nowadays it seems like it’s cool to promote that you’re a junky. The young generation is lost in the sauce. And the Industry is promoting that type of stuff to brainwash the youth. So I wanted to go against that with this record. This whole project is completely anti everything that’s trendsetting today. Wu Tang is for the Children”
Invincible Armour Track Listing:
1. Invincible Armour Intro
2. Crack Babies (ft. Method Man)
3. The Project (ft. Masta Killa)
4. The Eagle Claw Skit
5. Still Don’t Wanna Go (ft. Inspectah Deck)
6. The Life I Chose (ft. Raekwon)
7. Invincible Armour Interlude
8. No Love Lost
9. Dirt (ft. Ol’ Dirty Bastard & Old Dirty Junior)
10. Jealous Master Skit
11. What’s Love (ft. Dame Grease & Bigga Threat)
12. Mr. Who Skit
Getting his start as a Party Promoter in Germany, which led to two club ownerships, Joe Young has been grinding his way in the hip-hop community. His relentless hustle lead to working with iconic artists like Wu-Tang Clan, Rick Ross, The Game, Busta Rhymes, Lil Wayne, DMX, Mims, and more. His 2006 album ‘Cash & Grams’ featured collaborations with Inspectah Deck, Masta Ace, Cappadonna and more. From there he released more projects: ‘Great Ape Street’ album which was mentioned in Hip Hop Weekly’s Next to Blow the same year as Big Sean, ‘Year of the Ape’ mix-tape featuring Tyga, Tony Yayo, Trae da Truth & more, a collaborative EP with K Young ‘BOBC (Black Bottles and Models)’, and his ‘Gone Till November’ mix-tape release featuring No Malice, Truth Hurts, and more. From there Joe was nominated for the Underground Music Awards Best International Act in 2015, was the first German Artist to get interviewed on Sirius XM’s Shade 45, and to get spun on Power 105 and Hot 97.
With his sights set on giving the Wu-Tang fans around the world something to listen to since the Wu-Tang album ‘Once Upon a Time in Shaolin’ was sold to the highest bidder, Joe Young is ready to fill that important void. He’s also declaring war on “Mumble Rap,” and aims to create an atmosphere that will allow the listener to hear a refreshing change of hip-hops sound and delivery with his new project ‘Invincible Armour’.
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