YG can’t miss. One album in, he’s found himself in the lineage of the elite rappers his hometown has produced since the genre’s beginnings. He wasn’t the first to call it “Bompton,” but the term is now synonymous with his vision of the city -- a place that sounds like a nonstop thrill ride, albeit a sometimes terrifying one. Where the sounds of the G-funk pioneers still reign supreme, with the exception of YG’s debut album, My Krazy Life, which gave the city its most authentic soundtrack in years. To outsiders, Compton’s storied history in hip-hop might make it seem like an attractive destination. After hearing YG’s new album, not so much.
“I put you in my shoes,” YG tells me of Still Brazy, which had been titled Still Krazy up until two weeks before the release. “You gon’ feel like you paranoid, like you got shot. You gon’ feel how I’m feelin’, and I’ma break shit down for real, straight to the point.”
My Krazy Life was met with universal acclaim, and it’s managed to age remarkably well since its release over two years ago. Providing a since-unmatched combination of bracing energy and an inspired storyline, it was the soundtrack to a day in YG’s (krazy) life. In many ways, he made it sound like the average day of a gang-affiliated young man in one of the country’s most gang-ridden areas. There was no shortage of turmoil, but most of the album was made for parties on the block -- YG’s being the 400 Block, home to the Tree Top Piru Bloods. Some of the album’s eye-opening realities were obscured by its anthemic, club-shaking production and YG’s natural sense of conveying a good time.