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EDITORS’ NOTES

YG’s 2016 sophomore album Still Brazy was released in the wake of an attempt on the rapper’s life—and it contained all of the venom and paranoia one might expect. It also boasted the most prominent, brash musical protest of the Trump era, “FDT.” If Still Brazy was a man hardened after a life-threatening experience, Stay Dangerous finds the rapper’s resolve ossified to the point of god complex. “I'm the man, bitch I walk 'round like I’m bulletproof,” he spits on the menacing, bass-heavy “Bulletproof.” The tough talk and gang affiliation is front and center throughout, but, tucked deep into the album’s back end on “Deeper Than Rap,” there's also a self-awareness YG has reserved for past album’s most honest moments: “I got a daughter now/I’m barely around/That shit fuck with me/She gon' understand, cause I’m getting money.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

YG’s 2016 sophomore album Still Brazy was released in the wake of an attempt on the rapper’s life—and it contained all of the venom and paranoia one might expect. It also boasted the most prominent, brash musical protest of the Trump era, “FDT.” If Still Brazy was a man hardened after a life-threatening experience, Stay Dangerous finds the rapper’s resolve ossified to the point of god complex. “I'm the man, bitch I walk 'round like I’m bulletproof,” he spits on the menacing, bass-heavy “Bulletproof.” The tough talk and gang affiliation is front and center throughout, but, tucked deep into the album’s back end on “Deeper Than Rap,” there's also a self-awareness YG has reserved for past album’s most honest moments: “I got a daughter now/I’m barely around/That shit fuck with me/She gon' understand, cause I’m getting money.”

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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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