Entropy, according to Merriam-Webster, is “a measure of the unavailable energy in a closed thermodynamic system that is also usually considered to be a measure of the system’s disorder, that is a property of the system’s state, and that varies directly with any reversible change in heat in the system and inversely with the temperature of the system.” Entropy is also the title of Pittsburgh rapper Yury’s latest project, his seventh in five years. In this case, entropy has a similar meaning, just without scientific aspect: a lack of order or predictability. Yury encapsulates this feeling with the way he builds his verses and production on this project. Despite working with I.D. Labs(the recording studio behind Wiz Khalifa and Mac Miller’s former works), Yury has yet to break out of the underground and find his niche in the foreground of the hip-hop industry. With its eerie production and personal lyricism, Entropy hopes to be a factor in his breakout.
Entropy is short as far as mixtapes go, clocking in at just 26 minutes and 43 seconds through six tracks. Even though the run time may not be very long, there’s still plenty of time for Yury to present his tempered outlook, making Entropy quite a unique piece of work. Yury follows his album’s themes by exploring the breaking down of society, hip-hop, and his own lifestyle. Devoid of features, Yury’s lyricism is allowed to shine through over the beats, his cadences matching the tempo of the backing track with gusto. Poetic devices are abundant as well, with multiple uses of internal rhyming and alliteration: “build assumption to ceilings got the gumption to deal with/ anything fuck it I’ll field it.” Yury wrote all of the verses himself and the attention to detail is incredible. Every line sounds like it carries weight with it, something that can only be achieved when an artist actually feels what they’re saying. His lackadaisical delivery coincides well with his voice, which is difficult to not compare to that of an early G-Eazy. Even if they feel similar, Yury makes it his own with his pauses and flow, all of which time up well with the production.
Yury did all of the producing, mixing, recording, and mastering for this project. His production style is heavily influenced by electronic music, another genre that he also dabbles in. Each track on Entropy features some sort of deep bass-synth that fluctuates from being in the forefront of his beats to being a subtle undertone. While a majority of the production has a darker vibe to it, Yury doesn’t fail to include some lighter tones. These contrast brilliantly with the overall feel of the album and really accentuate its various layers. The opening track’s simplicity is enthralling; simple, layered bass lines persist throughout while Yury samples the female vocalist in a way that gives her a supernatural synth-like feel during parts. The interesting decision to leave most of the track devoid of lyrics also gives the listener a chance to simply get lost in the silky smooth production. Yury put a great deal of effort into creating the sound for this project, with production doing its job to help create a complete project.
The album is an impressive effort on Yury’s part and truly does deserve a listen. That doesn’t mean it’s without its drawbacks, as those keep it from reaching the next level. One of these drawbacks lies behind the monotony of Yury’s rapping. Developing and experimenting with flows is important when it comes to keeping a listener interested and this is something that Entropy is lacking. At times Yury’s voice just becomes, for lack of a better word, boring, albeit only on a few slower occasions. This just draws more parallels with G-Eazy, as the same could have been said about him early on in his career. G-Eazy overcame that part of his career, so clearly there’s hope for Yury. The same can be said for most track in Entropy as they aren’t too diverse, but that’s the caveat of creating such a short project.
Entropy still feels like a complete, thematic work, largely in part to Yury handling every aspect of its creation. Were he to continue putting out projects on the same level as this one, there’s hope that he could make a name for himself in the industry.