Travel At Your Own Pace” could be the perfect title for the debut by Y Society, as group members Insight and Damu the Fudgemunk are simply traveling at their own pace throughout the course of this album. They go their own way in terms of beats and lyrics, thus offering something unique and unexpected to the listener, and the result is good hip-hop that challenges the genre’s norms and expectations.
Y Society seems to have a lot of fun creating their music. This can be seen in almost every track of “Travel At Your Own Pace,” in which Insight’s lyrics and Damu’s production work off of each other to create a feel good album. Tracks like This Is Anintroduction, Good Communication, Scientists and Dizzy are just fun to listen to, and provide great platforms for the two artists to display their respective skills on the microphone and turntables. Such tracks show Y Society’s ability to inject hip-hop with a much-needed sense of positive energy and fun.
Other parts of the album allow Insight and Damu to demonstrate their collaborative skills by communicating back and forth with lyrics and cuts. In Command, Setting The Example, and At My Own Pace are skillful songs that create a back and forth effect between emcee and deejay. Insight creates dialogue by speaking with his rhymes, and Damu seems to respond by speaking with his hands in a musical communication technique mastered by very few in hip-hop today.