Back When I was in high school, this guy was the $hit!
[quote]Andre Levins (born August 29, 1982 in Hempstead, New York) is an American rapper, also known as A+.
His career began in 1995, when he won a national competition sponsored by Def Jam Records. He was discovered by Kedar Massenburg and was the first artist signed to his label, Kedar Entertainment. In 1996, at the age of 13, A+ released his first album, The Latch-Key Child, which featured the hit single "All I See". In 1999 he released Hempstead High.
He scored his biggest hit in 1999, with "Enjoy Yourself" (which used samples from "A Fifth of Beethoven" by Walter Murphy which in turn sampled Beethoven's Fifth Symphony), which became an international success.
Enjoy Yourself was A+'s only hit in the UK singles chart, thus dubbing him there as a one hit wonder.
 - A+ - Hempstead High [192cbr]
Young rappers have always been regarded with a cautious eye. Sure, rap has always been the music of urban youth, and to hear a dope underage MC rip the mic is always a joy. But when a young mic wielder starts rapping hardcore about drugs, guns, and stunts, it can border on the ridiculous. And, like child actors, young rappers always face their biggest challenge when they get ready to make the shift from youngster to adult--just ask Native Tongue sidekick Chi-Ali or Kris Kross. A+ jumped on the scene when he was only 13 and immediately made waves with his debut platter, The Latch-Key Child. With his sophomore effort, A+, now 16, keeps the thematics light and largely goes for a good-time party atmosphere mixed with bits of standard braggadocio. "Up Top New York" features the Lost Boyz' Mr. Cheeks, Canibus pops up on "Boys II Men," Erykah Badu guests on "Understand the Game," and "Watcha Weigh Me," a dark entry (and one of the album's stronger tracks), features MJG. Hempstead High is pleasant enough, brimming with solid rhyme delivery and a few funky beats, but there's ultimately just not that much to it. --Spencer Abbott
A+ - 00 - Hempstead High.m3u
A+ - 00 - Hempstead High.nfo
A+ - 00 - Hempstead High.sfv
A+ - 01 - Intro (Classroom).mp3
A+ - 02 - Enjoy Yourself.mp3
A+ - 03 - Up Top New York Ft. Mr Cheeks.mp3
A+ - 04 - Gotta Have It.mp3
A+ - 05 - Boyz To Men Ft. Lost Boyz Canibus.mp3
A+ - 06 - Watcha Weigh Like Me Ft. Mjg.mp3
A+ - 07 - Understand The Game Ft. Erykah Badu.mp3
A+ - 08 - Dont Make Me Wait.mp3
A+ - 09 - Interlude (The Score).mp3
A+ - 10 - Its On You Ft. Chico Debarge.mp3
A+ - 11 - What The Deal Ft. Cardan.mp3
A+ - 12 - Price Of Fame.mp3
A+ - 13 - Staggering And Stuttering Ft. Psycho Drama+.mp3
A+ - 14 - Parkside Gardens.mp3
A+ - Hempstead High.m3u
 - A+ - The Latch Key Child [192cbr]
In 1996, 13-year-old A+ took the hip hop world by storm with this great debut, "The Latch-Key Child." The Hempstead, Long Island native had barely entered his teenage years but commanded great respect on the mic, displaying a hard, intelligent style fitting of the grimy New York underground scene. A+ asserts himself lyrically, and he also tells stories, speaks of his growing up, and makes a few catchier tracks aimed for the mainstream. You will not believe that this great rapper is only 13, he is so intelligent and hardened, and he is not constrained by profanities. While there are no big-name producers, the production is consistently outstanding, always matching his lyricism. There are a few club/party songs, each produced very well, but the rest of the songs have a very grimy, underground sound to them. A+ is also aided by an awesome crew of guest rappers, including Q-Tip, Prodigy, and AZ, three of NYC's best. "The Latch-Key Child" is a really awesome album and another that is shamefully slept-on and overlooked.
The album begins with a good intro that gives way to "Move On," an awesome track. The chorus which begins it has a great, mournful vocal sample, and the beat is perfect. A+ really comes correct, showing his young intelligence and spitting some raw philosophy unbelievable for a 13-year-old. "Me & My Microphone" has a great concept, A+ tells the story of how he came into rapping like the microphone was a girl he met, and Q-Tip sings the chorus. This great beat would later be used by Nas for his song "Getting Married." "All I See" is a little more mainstream than most of the songs on this album, speaking of a teenage love, but it is well executed. "Gusto" is awesome, a hard-hitting, depressed collaboration with Mobb Deep's Prodigy. Starting with a good hook from P, the duo tells stories of poverty in New York over a fitting beat. "Hard Times" continues in the same vein, with another outstanding beat. "A+Z" is the best song on the album, a classic. Hearing A+ rap with legend AZ is really cool because their voices and flows are so similar. When they trade verses, A+ sounds like a younger AZ. The beat is the best on the album, laced with thumping bass and a nice piano line. "Wanna Be Rich" is another strong cut lyrically, and "My Thing" has great production. I love the joyful sounding production on "Party Joint," and A+ MCs the banger in an unbelievable way for a young teen. "Alpha 2 Omega" closes the album well, A+ promising longevity and quality in a rap career.
"The Latch-Key Child" is such a great album, lyrically and musically it really produces. A+ found trouble sustaining a steady rap career, but he is by far the best young teenage rapper I have ever heard, and he really holds his own like a seasoned underground rapper on this debut. I recommend this highly to fans of 90s New York artists like Nas, AZ, Mobb Deep, and the likes. "The Latch-Key Child" is out of print today, but if you can, definitely pick it up, it's an awesome release from a truly gifted rapper.
01 - A Plus - Next Level (Intro).mp3
02 - A Plus - Enter Hempstead-Cms.mp3
03 - A Plus - Me And My Microphone-Cms.mp3
04 - A Plus - All I See-Cms.mp3
05 - A Plus - Gusto (Feat. Prodigy)-Cms.mp3
06 - A Plus - Hard Times - Cms.mp3
07 - A Plus - Aandz (Feat. Az)-Cms.mp3
08 - A Plus - Wanna Be Rich-Cms.mp3
09 - A Plus - My Thing-Cms.mp3
10 - A Plus - Parkside Coalition-Cms.mp3
11 - A Plus - Party Joint-Cms.mp3
12 - A Plus - Alpha 2 Omega-Cms.mp3
13 - A Plus - Shout It Out (Outro)-Cms.mp3
A+ - Latch-Key Child.m3u
 - A+ - Enjoy Yourself [320cbr]
CD Single with another track and some remixes
A+ - 01 - Enjoy Yourself.mp3
A+ - 02 - Enjoy Yourself.mp3
A+ - 03 - Up Top New York (album version).mp3
A+ - 04 - Up Top New York (radio edit).mp3
A+ - 05 - Up Top New York (instrumental).mp3
A+ - Enjoy Yourself.m3u
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