YG Reveals He's Starting A Label With DJ Mustard & Ty Dolla $ign
YG has seen plenty of success with his debut album My Krazy Life, and some of this success is due to the catchy, new West Coast sound provided by YG's partner in crime, DJ Mustard. Mustard handled the majority, although not all, of the production on My Krazy Life, and the two have definitely evolved together as a rapper/producer duo over the years. Now that they're in the spotlight, many are wondering what they'll do next. It looks like the next move, perhaps unsurprisingly, will be to launch their own record label.
Charts Don’t Lie: April 20
This week on the charts we see a new entry with Top Dawg's lady SZA, who made a strong debut considering it's her first release on the label/first release for sale. Similar to Isaiah Rashad's Cilvia Demo, which debuted at #40, SZA's Z debuted at #39 by moving 7,000 units. This proves the strength of the TDE fan base and the support they have for the label, no matter the artist and style of that artist. Pharrell continues to show strength on the Billboard 200, showing us that he's in this for the long haul.
Charts Don't Lie: April 13
This week we have a new entry on Charts Don't Lie, with Mobb Deep's new album The Infamous Mobb Deep, celebrating their 20-year anniversary since The Infamous. Their sales are not huge mainstream numbers, but obviously loyal hip-hop heads came through for Havoc and Prodigy as they clock in at #49. We continue to see Jhene Aiko's Sail Out hold on to a spot on the Billboard 200, not too high and not too low, at the mid-40s. She actually finds herself above Drake's NWTS this week, which may come as a surprise.
Charts Don’t Lie: April 6
This week we don't have many new entries to speak of, save for Sage The Gemini's Remember Me. Depending on the numbers Smoke DZA's new album Dream.ZONE.Achieve did, we may or may not see it pop up on Charts Don't Lie next week, though. This week remains fairly unexciting, as Pharrell manages to climb up the charts while Rick Ross descends, and Pharrell picks up pace sales-wise too.
Charts Don’t Lie: March 30
After Charts Don't Lie took a hiatus last week, we are back again this week just in time to highlight three important debuts on the Billboard 200. YG's My Krazy Life, Kevin Gates' By Any Means and Freddie Gibbs & Madlib's Pinata.
YG On Whether He Dissed Tyga & Problem: "I Ain't Say Nobody Names"
DJ Mustard's sound is more present than ever these days. While we're now hearing various types of artists take on the signature west coast snap the DJ is known for, YG is definitely one of the first to take on the style. In a recent Funkmaster Flex freestyle, it was speculated that YG was taking shots at Tyga-- who made a lot of noise with his "Rack City" single, which happened to be produced by Mustard --as well as fellow west coast rapper Problem.
140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (March 22-28)
Dissecting the foibles of the hip hop community as expressed in under 140 characters on Twitter. Not just used as a device to flood people's timelines with your new track, album, video, or clothing line, sometimes rappers truly channel the unfiltered interaction with fans. Each week we take a look at some of the most memorable twitter moments from some of the genres biggest personalities.
Tory Lanez Discusses Collaborating With YG On "Me & My Bitch"
Tory Lanez definitely has some buzz behind his name at the moment. Following the release of his r'n'b flavored Chixtape 2, the rapper-slash-singer appeared as a featured artist on YG's debut album My Krazy Life, plus he's been busy touring with G-Eazy & Rockie Fresh.
YG's "My Krazy Life" First Week Sales
YG had a pretty strong debut album, which dropped a week ago today, My Krazy Life. The album brought that new West Coast sound to the masses, with plenty of DJ Mustard production and a cohesive theme tying it all together. Today the first week sales for My Krazy Life have been revealed via HitsDailyDouble, and they're not too shabby.
YG Explains Taking Influence From Classic Albums On "My Krazy Life"
YG's My Krazy Life came out last week, and it's already received plenty of acclaim from critics. The term classic gets thrown around a lot these days, but it has definitely been used a little more than usual with this project. The Bompton rapper talked a bit about the concept of a classic with HOT 97, revealing the albums he took influence from when crafting his album, as well as explaining the role Jeezy played in the making of the project.
YG Explains Why Kendrick Lamar Chose "Really Be" As His Feature
YG has been enjoying decent reception for his album My Krazy Life since it was released a few days ago. It has a dirty, thorough sound that the recalls the echoes of previous recent masterpieces, like Kendrick's "GOOD Kid" record. That's exactly why YG thought Kendrick would be so keen to make an appearance on the record and he shared as much when talking to MTV about the record.
Top Tracks Of The Week: March 10-16
This feature highlights a hand-picked selection of some of the bigger tracks of the week. We have chosen a few of the tracks that landed within our top 10 most played, focusing on those that stood out, and left room for discussion. Once again, this particular feature is cataloguing the most POPULAR songs on the site, for some of the more overlooked tracks, check out Underrated Audio.
First Week Sale Projections For YG's "My Krazy Life"
YG just released his debut album today, and the sales projections for the project are already in. My Krazy Life, which was released on Def Jam, is expected to do reasonable numbers this week, predicted to move about 45-55,000 units. The album is preceded by lead single "My Nigga" which actually caught on through Vine, which seems to be a new way to break a hit, as evidenced also by Sage The Gemini's "Gas Pedal".
Review: YG's "My Krazy Life"
YG first popped up on the radar with the 2009 song "Toot It And Boot It" featuring Ty Dolla $ign. While he was locked up serving a six-month sentence for a parole violation stemming from a home invasion, the Compton native saw the song steadily climb the Billboard charts. Once YG was released, he had several label options, eventually signing with Def Jam. As fans awaited his debut album, he began releasing mixtape after mixtape.
Stream YG's "My Krazy Life"
YG's Def Jam debut, My Krazy Life hits stores today, and simultaneously, it's hit Spotify for free streaming. The album of course features some heavy lifting by DJ Mustard on the production end, and grabs features from the likes of Drake, Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, Jay Rock, TeeFLii, Tory Lanez, Jeezy, Rich Homie Quan, Ty Dolla $ign, and more. Mustard commented on the special collaborative relationship he and YG share, likeing it to that of Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre in early 90s.
YG Announces "My Krazy Life" Tour Dates
YG is getting ready to drop his debut album, My Krazy Life on March 18th, and the Bompton rapper has just announced another first, revealing he will set out on a headlining tour following its release. The My Krazy Life tour will kick off March 29th in Syracuse, making its way through 30 dates before closing off May 24th in San Diego. DJ Mustard will be accompanying him, and hopefully playing the Lil Jon hypeman role throughout. Take a look at the full schedule below. 3/29 Syracuse, NY Syracuse University
Ty Dolla $ign Reveals Debut Album "Free TC" To Feature Kendrick Lamar & YG
Fresh off the success of his introductory Beach House EP, Ty Dolla $ign has began working on his next venture, a project titled Free TC. While talking to The Lesbakeradio Show, the TGOD signee revealed his debut album title and what to expect from it, as well spoke on his appearance on fellow West Coaster YG's album My Krazy Life.
YG Reveals Deluxe Edition Tracklist & Cover Art For "My Krazy Life"
A day ago YG unveiled the official tracklisting for his forthcoming album My Krazy Life, which itself had followed up the standard edition cover art. The tracklist definitely gave the album some more buzz, with strong features from ScHoolboy Q, Kendrick Lamar, Rich Homie Quan, Jay Rock, Drake, Jeezy, Ty Dolla $ign and more.
YG Reveals Cover Art For "My Krazy Life" [Update: Official Tracklist Revealed]
YG's major label debut, My Krazy Life, is set for a March 18th release, and the project now has official cover art. If Terry Richardson pursued a career in mugshot photography, this simple and iconic image of the Bompton rapper would likely be the result.
BTS Photos For YG's "My Nigga (Remix)" Video Shoot
YG's massive single "My Nigga" unsurprisingly went platinum the other day, but now he's moved on to the remix of the single which rounded up Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Rich Homie Quan and Meek Mill. As we await YG's delayed debut My Krazy Life, set to arrive on March 18th, the rapper has been busy shooting a visual for the "My Nigga (Remix)."