2014 Classic: YG “My Krazy Life”
Fri, 05 Dec 2014 10:52:20
As far as hip-hop goes, YG made a bona fide classic with this year’s My Krazy Life. It’s 2014’s new classic, an artfully architected concept album that tells a South Central story in way the world has never heard one. This deserves to be regarded in the same breath as Dr. Dre’s The Chronic, Ice Cube’s Death Certificate, 2Pac’s Me Against the World, and more recently Kendrick Lamar’s Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City—albums that elevated the West Coast to legendary status. Yet, for as much as My Krazy Life stands in line with that legacy, it also turns the page for its next chapter.
YG’s storytelling is among the finest in the game today. From the moment, “Momma Speech Intro” brings us into his world, the MC captivates for the next fourteen tracks. “Bompton” rises up from an ominous intro into an unshakable West Side declaration, while “I Just Wanna Party” gets Cali rocking with a little help from ScHoolboy Q and Jay Rock. “Left, Right” will get asses shaking everywhere for a long time to come.
Meanwhile “My N****” (Remix) with Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Rich Homie Quan, and Meek Mill proves to be a gigantic anthem in its own right, emblematic of YG’s ability to build a smash.
“Really Be (Smokin N Drinkin)” pairs Southern California’s two biggest stars, YG and Kendrick Lamar, together for a bar-for-bar exposition of raw talent. Everything concludes on the heartfelt “Sorry Momma”, which gets bluesy with a little help from Mr. Ty Dolla Sign. It reaches heights of gospel proportions.
ARTISTdirect.com names My Krazy Life its “Classic” for 2014. You’re going to be listening to this and YG for the next lifetime. We promise.
What’s your favorite YG song?