Release Date: Apr 29, 2008
Record label: Jive
Lil Mama’s giddy hit ”Lip Gloss” entered the hip-hop glamosphere last summer with nothing but a spartan bass line, handclaps, and a simple rap — ”My lip gloss is cool, my lip gloss be poppin’/I’m standing at my locker, and all the boys keep stoppin”’ — and this precocious energy infuses the teen’s first full-length. Sure, Voice of the Young People can suffer from overblown production, as on the nursery-rhyming ”G-Slide (Tour Bus).” But kids will dig smart, quick cuts like the Southern-fried snap of ”Shawty Get Loose,” featuring Chris Brown, who adds the ”special” to Mama’s sauce. B+DOWNLOAD THIS: Listen to ”Shawty Get Loose” at AOLMusic .