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yU: the EARN

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yU first gained acclaim as 1/3 of the Washington DC group Diamond District along with Oddisee and XO. Then he continued to garner success with his solo debut Before Taxes which was named to the Best of 2010 List by HipHopDX, Al Lindstrom, and Above Ground Mag.. yU then sharpened his skills through performances on a European tour and appearances at CMJ, SXSW, A3C, and the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festi val. yU is back with his sophomore project The Earn a progression that is as fluid, lyrical, and thought provoking as his critically acclaimed debut. His new album, The Earn, is a timely meditation on the struggle to advance, set afire by yU's potent wordplay.

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1. Flipping Channels/ theEARNtro
Producers: Slimkat78; DJ Roddy Rod
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2. First
Producer: 00GENESIS
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3. Bonafide/ Overdue
featuring Nicholas Ryan Gant
Producers: Kokayi; yU (of Diamond District)
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4. If U Down
Producer: Slimkat78
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5. Time Machine/ I Remember U
featuring Bilal Salaam; Danedra Rowell
Producers: Unknown; yU (of Diamond District)
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6. Write On
featuring Imani Bilal; King Tut
Producers: Usef Dinero; Slimkat78
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7. Even If/ The Willingham
Producer: DJ Roddy Rod
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8. theEARN
Producer: Choppy ChopPe
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9. Money (The Ahh Yeah)
Producer: Slimkat78
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10. End Of An Era (Interlude)
Producer: yU (of Diamond District)
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11. I Believe
featuring Duff
Producer: Charlie Ross
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12. Blind
Producer: Kev Brown
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13. Delay
featuring Diamond District (X.O. + yU + Oddisee)
Producer: yU (of Diamond District)
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14. Fast Money
Producer: yU (of Diamond District)
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15. Better Man
featuring Duff
Producer: Slimkat78
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16. Make A Living (Instrolude)
Producer: yU (of Diamond District)
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17. Highlights Of Life Pt. 2
Producer: yU (of Diamond District)
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4.6 Stars (4.6 Stars )
Total Comments: 48
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 9/20/2015 10:53:00 PM; Partial IP: .119.0.243)
Location: NC
Comment: Full of wisdom and inspiration. Super underrated MC... great ear for beats too. One of my personal favorite albums.
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 2/1/2015 12:01:00 PM; Partial IP: .174.22.27)
Location: ATL/NYC
Comment: For those of you that dis this album, please post/tell us about an album that you have interest in so we can get an idea of where your ear is located. Other than that, your point of dissing is useless.
4 Stars
Name: (Posted: 2/9/2014 5:20:00 PM; Partial IP: .201.65.74)
Location: az/ hell
Comment: Majority rules , this shit official!!
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 1/29/2014 3:28:00 AM; Partial IP: .4.212.102)
Location: Toronto
Comment: Solid record all the way around here. yU is heavy emcee.
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 9/14/2012 5:18:00 PM; Partial IP: 34.238.184)
Location: Worthington
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 8/28/2012 11:08:00 PM; Partial IP: .2.239.169)
Location: Denver
Comment: In the ruff and before taxes are great, but this is fuckin amazing.
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 6/29/2012 11:25:00 AM; Partial IP: 88.150.248)
Location: SFC
Comment: Aw man, this album puts me in such a great place. Get down.
Name: (Posted: 5/28/2012 6:31:00 PM; Partial IP: 226.57.181)
Location: The 5 Mountains
Comment: yU's authenticity is stunning.
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 4/17/2012 6:18:00 AM; Partial IP: 226.57.181)
Location: Bedrock
Comment: Diamond District was my shhhhhhheeeeet. This one has it on another vibe - I'm wit it!
4 Stars
Name: (Posted: 3/5/2012 2:15:00 PM; Partial IP: 54.230.253)
Location: Memphis
Comment: Before Taxes was amazing. In The Ruff was amazing. This is pretty good. I'm going to have to keep listening before I give my final opinion though.
Name: (Posted: 3/5/2012 2:24:00 AM; Partial IP: 22.125.132)
Location: 33rd & 7th
Comment: Just listened and yeah this shit is dope. Chill vibe, intelligent lyrics.
Name: (Posted: 3/2/2012 4:45:00 PM; Partial IP: 98.125.182)
Location: Miami, USA
Comment: BORING! Dont believe the hype, listen to this album before you buy it. Straight boring underground crap. Lyrics are in one ear and out the other
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 2/29/2012 6:17:00 AM; Partial IP: 22.125.132)
Location: Chicago, IL
Comment: Enormous talent right here. Greta lyrics. Smooth beats. Takes me back to Native Tongues.
Name: (Posted: 2/24/2012 4:20:00 PM; Partial IP: 111.14.162)
Location: dmv
Comment: @grounded: I bought the diamond district, before taxes immediately after their release. before taxes is *ok* ... it's nothing amazing, but it's better than this. *this is only my opinion*, but i'm putting my opinion out there because I feel this LP is very overrated. gensu dean...i'm trying to give him him a shot but nothing is really that bangin' yet...i wish I could love this stuff as much as everyone on here, but c'mon...the has-lo LP blows this out of the water easily. and you want to know how much i'm missing it? I gave this album another listen after reading so many reviews about it and I can't make it through a single song w/o rolling my eyes and skipping to the next. if you find r&b choruses annoying (like me), this is not the LP for you.
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 2/24/2012 5:00:00 AM; Partial IP: 22.125.132)
Location: DMV
Comment: Man, some people is missing it! This is one of my favorite albums. If U Down, Time Machine, Write On, I Believe, Blind, Delay are all amazing songs. Dude below can't even say that with a straight face if he heard Before Taxes, DTMD, or that new one I just got Gensu Dean. MMG is killin it from all angles: bangers, grimy, intelligent. Beastin'!
2 Stars
Name: (Posted: 2/22/2012 8:39:00 PM; Partial IP: 111.14.162)
Location: DMV
Comment: on a scale from 1-5 stars, stuff that I wouldn't even listen to is somewhere in the negative stars. that said, I give this 2. every song that starts sounding ok is killed halfway through with some annoying r&b chorus. I bought the 3 best-sounding tracks in the form of an mp3 while I waited for my copy to arrive because the snippets sounded alright, and I got tired of listening to those before my vinyl even arrived. currently this is sitting in my ebay stack, it's money green vinyl so it should sell. *boring* bring back the diamond district vibe from the first LP please. it seems like if oddisee or apollo brown isn't associated with anything out of MMG, it falls flat.
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 2/19/2012 5:26:00 PM; Partial IP: .228.179.3)
Location: Ontario,Can.
Comment: What more can I say top billin!!!!
4 Stars
Name: (Posted: 2/6/2012 1:54:00 AM; Partial IP: 51.211.230)
Location: Mabopane, South Africa
Comment: Been bumpin this album at the office, home & in my ride non-stop since I copped it, this right here is good shit….Melo Music Group on the rise
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 1/1/2012 5:33:00 PM; Partial IP:
Location: LoZane
Comment: Big big record right here!
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 12/27/2011 5:00:00 AM; Partial IP: 22.121.178)
Location: SD
Comment: Yeah this one is up there - big record all the way. Not many albums these days are this well done. Lyrical content and production are top notch.
4 Stars
Name: (Posted: 12/25/2011 5:51:00 PM; Partial IP: 207.99.222)
Location: da neighborhood
Comment: yeah dope.
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 12/25/2011 3:26:00 PM; Partial IP: .90.109.18)
Location: Utah
Comment: A NEW CLASSIC IS BORN! This is Hip-Hop at it's best.
4 Stars
Name: (Posted: 12/25/2011 2:44:00 PM; Partial IP: 116.89.103)
Location: Norway
Comment: this sum classic hip hop music with real soul
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 12/24/2011 7:26:00 AM; Partial IP: 71.248.141)
Location: Durham, NC
Comment: Great album. Lyrically strong. Fuck McNulty's ear, he can keep that opinion, enunciating every word like LMNO aint nothing I'm listening for. Great album.
1 Star
Name: (Posted: 12/23/2011 4:47:00 PM; Partial IP: 98.125.182)
Location: mia
Comment: overrated. mumbles too much. boring
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 12/22/2011 7:55:00 PM; Partial IP:
Location: tx
Comment: Glad to see my mans-n-em still doin his thang...nice
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 12/20/2011 6:30:00 PM; Partial IP: 104.225.62)
Location: LA
Comment: Solid album. Similar to his debut, Before Taxes, except the production is better. Album flows the whole way through, skipping a track is unnecessary.
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 12/20/2011 8:53:00 AM; Partial IP: .53.129.63)
Location: Cdn
Comment: Certified by I as a Five, this album carries like so many of the vintage records we listen too from our parents collection that symbolized the tempo, beats, social dialect and narrative of a generation, and specific time and space in times space, this is just simply Dope
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 12/15/2011 12:33:00 PM; Partial IP: .193.68.22)
Location: Newark (Brick City)
Comment: Great Album. Everything flows
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 12/14/2011 12:11:00 AM; Partial IP: .200.68.84)
Location: MTL
Name: (Posted: 12/13/2011 10:55:00 PM; Partial IP: 10.158.236)
Location: virginia beach,va
Comment: the underground -where everybody flocks to once they get tired of the wackness /currently the down south pop sound. finally somebody is repping the dc metero area again with the raw hip hop sound. type sound cats fiend for. I know alot of cats in nyc are hating and dont want to recognize what diamond district is doing. hold it down and dont get on that fucking uptodate wack ass down south shit
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 12/13/2011 3:50:00 PM; Partial IP: .201.49.24)
Location: Chicago
Comment: Really good album ,very solid
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 12/12/2011 12:32:00 AM; Partial IP: 44.114.148)
Location: Baltimore, MD
Comment: Classic material! All the way live real music fam. Great album from one of the illest in the game. 5 stars!
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 12/11/2011 9:30:00 AM; Partial IP: .71.123.36)
Location: North Carolina
Comment: Hot Shit! this is the most bangin' best album i've ever heard in my life. Peace goes out to yU.
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 12/11/2011 7:05:00 AM; Partial IP: .8.237.161)
Location: france
Comment: wooaaah one of the best in 2011
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 12/11/2011 3:40:00 AM; Partial IP: 144.159.33)
Location: Deadwood
Comment: Yu made the best album I've heard all year. One of the most lyrical emcees alive today, seems like yu always has something heavy to say and in an interesting way. Definite favorite after just a few days of listening on constant repeat.
4 Stars
Name: (Posted: 12/10/2011 3:17:00 PM; Partial IP: .82.46.125)
Location: qcnc
Comment: as much as I like yu, i'm disappointed, pretty much the same deal as before taxes, intelligent lyrics, weak beats, I really thought he was going to step it up on this one. what I was really hoping for was an yu album produced entirely by oddisee, that would have the potential to be classic, besides that still better than most
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 12/8/2011 6:12:00 PM; Partial IP: 53.236.148)
Location: Tx
Comment: Very Dope Album.........Propz to Yu!!!!!
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 12/8/2011 3:38:00 PM; Partial IP: .8.206.246)
Location: heLL
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 12/7/2011 8:41:00 PM; Partial IP: 111.14.202)
Location: MD
Comment: Wow, this is the shit.
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 12/7/2011 2:34:00 PM; Partial IP:
Location: Milw
Comment: Figured I would give it actual stars rating now that it lets you. "Blind" and "If U Down" are spectacular. The rest is good. A wonderful, and worthwhile, project to follow up Before Taxes. Rachael. You will have to wait until 13th to get a physical copy. I would check out any Exclusive Company in your local area. Otherwise there is one right off Brady and North in Milwaukee.
Name: (Posted: 12/6/2011 3:25:00 PM; Partial IP: 213.203.15)
Location: kenosha wi 53140
Comment: can you mail me some places that let you order by mail my address is 2619 75th st kenosha wi 53140 if you can connect me god bless
Name: (Posted: 12/6/2011 2:06:00 AM; Partial IP:
Location: Milw
Comment: Just got this itunes...really good.
Name: (Posted: 12/4/2011 8:52:00 AM; Partial IP: .60.58.103)
Location: PA Native
Comment: Much like Before Taxes, this will be pure fire. yU will always put out a quality project. Can't wait to get my copy.
Name: (Posted: 11/25/2011 8:51:00 PM; Partial IP: 130.119.23)
Location: Silicone Mountain
Comment: This promises to be great. YU is a living legend.
Name: (Posted: 11/23/2011 11:48:00 AM; Partial IP: 63.244.142)
Location: Windsor
Comment: Can not wait! Before Taxes has been my favorite album for the past couple years. yU is the man!
Name: (Posted: 11/22/2011 6:10:00 PM; Partial IP: 241.227.30)
Location: MD, USA
Comment: yU did it again
Name: (Posted: 11/12/2011 11:47:00 AM; Partial IP: 85.184.131)
Location: tacoma
Comment: cant fuckin wait the first release was an instant classic
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