YG lists the albums he took influence from when writing "My Krazy Life", as well speaking about his relationship with Jeezy.
YG's My Krazy Lifecame 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.
“It’s easy to make a classic album. Yeah, it just take time,” he said. “I feel like if you give a nigga stories and all that on your album and it’s really like—no matter if it blow. Like Jay Z first album’s a classic, but it didn’t sell a lot…If you giving stories and it’s realistic like people feel it. And like ‘He ain’t lying.’ That’s a classic.”
As far as the music he was listening to at the time, YG revealed that he kept his rotation to recognized classic albums.
“Yeah, I was listening to Doggystyle,” he said. “I was listening to Chronic 2001. I was listening to Get Rich Or Die Tryin’. And Ready To Die. You feel me? I was listening to that the whole time I was doing my album…I knew when it was time for that album shit I knew how to get into my little [mode]. So, I put in them albums, them classic albums.”
Finally the rapper explained Jeezy's part in his success, revealing that the ATL rapper was willing to give him creative control, but did offer some advice.
“As far as the music, he let me do my thing. You feel me? Like he come in. He give me advice," he said. "But when I link up with him it was never a problem with the music…Just making the right moves and connecting with the right person. Cause I was on the West Coast. It was hard. It was hard for me on this side and the South. But then when I link up with Jeezy we start working. We did the mixtape, the ‘My Nigga’ record. Shit started clicking. And then he was at the label. Doing his stuff and going hard for me.”
Watch the full interview below.