Those unfortunate souls who believes the West Coast music scene has disappeared in the last 10 years have obviously been living under a rock due to the polarizing movements founded by rising artists from the West Coast that include, "Nipsey Hussle", "Dom Kennedy" & especially the Bompton bred MC, "YG". "Keenon Daequan Ray Jackson" who is better known as "YG (400)" was born on March 9th, 1990 in Compton, California and has been on a mission to be one of the first recording artists to make it out the West Coast rap scene without a "Dr.Dre" co-sign. Anyone who has listened to YG tracks knows that YG is from the Tree Top Piru Gang based out of Compton and proudly represents his neighborhood whenever he can. In this interview, YG details how he first started rapping to respond to a diss that he received on Myspace. From there he would keep recording and eventually his music would spread throughout the city of Los Angeles and this primed him to drop his debut mixtape with his DJ and producer, "DJ Mustard" called, "4Fingaz" (2008). Although it would not receive major acclaim or recognition it would prime him to release his first hit single that would land him a deal with Def Jam Records, "Toot It And Boot It" that featured, "Ty Dolla Sign" (2009). In this interview, YG details that although that single generated a lot of buzz, he didn't take his time with his verses and so he never fell in love with that record. He later expressed that he genuinely wanted a different sound, so him and DJ Mustard locked themselves in YG's room for months to develop the perfect chemistry and sound together.
YG and DJ Mustard's commitment to excellence soon paid off. Leading up to the release of his debut album, he dropped four mixtapes that received critical acclaim and recognition across all media platform, "The Real 4Fingaz" "Just Re-Up", "Just Re-Up'd 2" & "4Hunnid Degreez". All of YG's mixtapes spawned numerous hit records such as, "I'm Good", "Up", "Ima Thug" & "Im 4rm Bompton". This success would land YG a deal with, "Young Jeezy's" CTE World Record Label and would give him the proper platform to release the first single off his debut album, "My Nigga". The single would become a smash hit and YG's most popular song in his career as it would peak in the Top 20 of Billboards Top 100 list. YG would then release the next two hit singles from his debut album, "Who Do You Love" & "Left, Right". On March 18th, 2014, YG released his debut album, "My Krazy Life" under his label Pushaz Ink along with CTE World & Def Jam Recordings. The album was received as YG's best work to date and although he did not receive any grammy nominations, the album is still known to be the best rap album released in 2014. Anchored by DJ Mustard's production, the album showcases the classic West Coast sound, as YG shares he was listening to Notorious BIG's classic album, "Ready to Die" & Snoop Dogg's, "Doggystyle" while recording the album. "My Krazy Life" bolstered standout album cuts such as, "Do It To Ya", "Bicken Back Being Bool", "Meet The Flockers" & "I Just Wanna Party". In conjunction with his album, YG would release a short film he wrote and directed in, "Blame It On The Streets" that included a soundtrack as well.
Since the release of his first album, he has headlined his own tour as well as participated with other tours such as J.Cole's "2014 Forest Hills Drive Tour". About a year after he dropped his first album, YG was shot in his own recording studio in Los Angeles during the summer. In this interview, YG goes into depth about the incident and claims he was set up. During that session he recorded this funky song, "Twist My Fingaz" the same day he was shot that was produced by the talented musician, "Terrace Martin" who is rumored to be producing YG's next album, "Still Krazy" that still has no release date.
We encourage you to check out YG's newest album, "Still Brazy" !