My Krazy Life (Deluxe Version) by YG on Apple Music

18 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

With My Krazy Life, YG throws gasoline on ratchet music with the emergent genre's best album to date, transforming the regional sound into a bona fide movement. Ratchet—the hypnotic, skeletal, trunk-rattling aesthetic pioneered by L.A. producer DJ Mustard—has its antecedent in SoCal G-funk and the Bay Area's hyphy sound, and now it finally has its The Chronic. Like Kendrick Lamar's good kid m.A.A.d. City, My Krazy Life is a brooding concept album, detailing YG's crazy days, wild nights, and regretful mornings hustling the streets of Compton, where "Daddy told me never leave the house without my tool." With guests Schoolboy Q, Kendrick, Drake, Young Jeezy, and Rich Homie Quan among others, the album doesn't hurt for star power. Yet YG never cedes the spotlight. His slippery flow bobs and weaves around Mustard and his cohorts' haymaker basslines and jabbing percussion. While "I Just Wanna Party" clearly lays out the rapper's intentions, "Really Be (Smokin N Drinkin)" finds YG contemplating his Dionysian ways, and "Sorry Momma" is the repentant confessional that brings this watershed debut full circle.

EDITORS’ NOTES

With My Krazy Life, YG throws gasoline on ratchet music with the emergent genre's best album to date, transforming the regional sound into a bona fide movement. Ratchet—the hypnotic, skeletal, trunk-rattling aesthetic pioneered by L.A. producer DJ Mustard—has its antecedent in SoCal G-funk and the Bay Area's hyphy sound, and now it finally has its The Chronic. Like Kendrick Lamar's good kid m.A.A.d. City, My Krazy Life is a brooding concept album, detailing YG's crazy days, wild nights, and regretful mornings hustling the streets of Compton, where "Daddy told me never leave the house without my tool." With guests Schoolboy Q, Kendrick, Drake, Young Jeezy, and Rich Homie Quan among others, the album doesn't hurt for star power. Yet YG never cedes the spotlight. His slippery flow bobs and weaves around Mustard and his cohorts' haymaker basslines and jabbing percussion. While "I Just Wanna Party" clearly lays out the rapper's intentions, "Really Be (Smokin N Drinkin)" finds YG contemplating his Dionysian ways, and "Sorry Momma" is the repentant confessional that brings this watershed debut full circle.

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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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