Special Ed - Youngest In Charge
Want to know why old heads are so harsh on youngins like Chief Keef and Joey Bada$$? Easy: at 16 years old, Special Ed made Youngest In Charge, an entertaining slice of Brooklyn life from a kid in 1989. His catchy flows aren’t too popular with the youths of today, but his simplistic rhymes have a lot more lasting power nearly 15 years later than a majority of songs on the radio today.
He sounds confident, knowledgeable and street smart (“I’m talented, yes I’m gifted / never boostin’, never shopliftin’”) on his hit “I Got It Made,” sounding like a slower paced Rakim over an idyllic Howie Tee beat. “I’m The Magnificent” follows, with a bubbly guitar sample that anchors the track and reminds us how Ed is just a carefree teenager dropping effortless jewels. Compared to the hyper-paranoia and distrust that many of today’s young artists portray, Ed’s charming debut is a warm welcome into his mind and personality that stays with you long after you stop listening.