10 Songs, 57 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The soundtrack to his short film Blame It On the Streets functioned as a victory lap for Compton rapper YG, nine months after his hit album My Krazy Life. Remixes and posse cuts feature West Coast heroes like DJ Quik and Nipsey Hussle joining in over bouncy DJ Mustard beats.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The soundtrack to his short film Blame It On the Streets functioned as a victory lap for Compton rapper YG, nine months after his hit album My Krazy Life. Remixes and posse cuts feature West Coast heroes like DJ Quik and Nipsey Hussle joining in over bouncy DJ Mustard beats.

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About YG

Like so many rappers after the turn of the millennium, Los Angeles-based rap artist Keenon Jackson (otherwise known as YG or Young Gangsta) got his start by accumulating a wide Internet following. The success of "She a Model" and "Aim Me" online earned him a bid with Def Jam, and he signed to the pioneering hip-hop label in 2009. Several mixtapes followed, including 2010's The Real 4Fingaz and 2011's Just Re'd Up, each of which boasted a charting Billboard single. He also became a popular MC, guesting on tracks by Freddie Gibbs, Travis Porter, E-40, Nipsey Hussle, and Young Jeezy.

In 2013, it was announced that Jeezy would be producing his debut studio full-length, to be titled Im 4rm Bompton, which was slated for a summer release that year. The planned album never appeared, as YG entered the studio with a different producer, DJ Mustard. The album My Krazy Life finally landed in 2014, with Drake, Rich Homie Quan, and ScHoolboy Q among its guests. The album earned positive reviews, and debuted at number two on the album charts. Drake returned for 2016's album Still Brazy, which included more of a political and sociological bent, including the anti-Donald Trump single "FDT." An EP-length commercial mixtape, Red Friday, was out by the end of that November. ~ Jason Lymangrover

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