When I look closely at all cds that I posses, I find a few rappers named “Young G”. However only one of them represents Stockton. This artist debuted with a song which is well known among Latin rap fans: “Eastside XIV” from the infamous G.U.N. album. Then he was back with a group NCP, co-founded with Unknown. Their ways split and Young G recorded two underground mixtapes with Sina and other people from Fresno; finally ended up with this compilation.
“Operation Stack Your Grip” is also presenting mostly Fresno talents, many of which form a group The Dynasty. Young G took the host’s job seriously and appeared on the majority of tracks. You can recognize him by the cynical voice, rhytmical flow and punch-line lyrics. Basically if you had an opportunity to listen to the “Hits From The Land” album by NCP, then you should know what you can expect from the main artist. Out of the accompanying rappers the most standing out performances were made by experienced Sina as well as young and charizmatic MVP. Chicago, Day Gizzle, A Plus and others are also decent, however I haven’t heard enough from them to say anything more. You’ll also hear known rappers like Mr. Kee (on two tracks), Doja Clik, JT and Devo of Gamblaz. As far as lyrical subjects are concerned, you’ll receive – generally speaking – two kinds of songs: street / thug related (“Block Made”, “Heavy Hittaz”, “Illegal Amigos” and others) and more calm, party like, typical for the new trends in the Bay Area (“Stompin’ In My Nikes”, “Act A Fool”, “Keep It Hyphy” etc.). Based on the laconic information included in the fold-out I reckon that mainly Young G himself was responsible for the production on this project. If you like this type of rap, then you should know that beats are very decent. Obviously I could point out single glitches (“Thumpin’ The Beat” seems to be too simple and too silent), yet I was overall satisfied with the production. You’ll also hear a couple of cuts made by people not directly connected to Young G’s crew (#9, #10, #15 and #17), however I liked all of them with an exception of “Da Bidness”. I also kind of didn’t feel the one with Doja Clik. Apart from these two little disadvantages I listen to the whole “Operation Stack Your Grip”, bobbing my head and repeating catchy hooks. These guys proved that Fresno also has a couple of untapped talents. It doesn’t change the fact though that I’d rather hear these artists talk about something more serious, about other aspects of life, using more sophisticated rhymes, yet keeping the charizma they presented out here.