It’s been 5 years since YG first got his buzz going with the single “Toot It And Boot It”. Since then he has signed with Def Jam, created Pu$haz Ink, and most recently signed with Jeezy’s label, CTE World. After having much success with the hit single “My N*gga,” he’s finally releasing his debut album, “My Krazy Life.” The album tells YG’s story, a story about a day in the life of a young gangster from Compton, California.
This album plays out like a story, much like Kendrick Lamar’s album, Good Kid, m.A.A.d City. The albums share qualities as they both paint pictures of a day in Compton, but Kendrick’s story is told from the perspective of a good kid. YG is the opposite of a good kid, and this album is like the gangsta version Of Good Kid, m.A.A.d City. His story starts from home and goes through robberies, gang banging, partying, sex, getting high, and eventually leads to jail time and reflection. The storytelling and cohesion of this album is great, each song and skit has a purpose in making sure the story is told in the most effective manner. It’s not a lyrical album and the subject matter isn’t super deep but the album gets its point across and YG is able to have some fun in the midst of it.
Produced mostly by DJ Mustard, the production on this album bangs and stays true to the West coast sound. That West coast sound all over this album makes it even easier to picture the story being told. The beat on “1 AM” is gritty, gutter, and just downright grimy. YG raps about a robbery over the beat and on the hook, he quotes Dr. Dre’s “Last Episode”(Woopty woop N*gga Whaat). The production fits the album very well and definitely is in YG’s comfort zone. The features on this album come through very strong, from Schoolboy Q and Jay Rock delivering tough, gangbanging verses on “I Just Wanna Party” to Kendrick Lamar’s show stealing verse on “I Really Be(Smokin and Drinkin).”
If you’re looking for lyrical masterpieces, complexity, and clever metaphors, this is not the album for you. YG is not a great lyricist but he surely knows how to make good songs. This album is great for playing in the car with the perfect mix of party songs, club bangers, and gangsta anthems.The last song “Sorry Momma” is YG’s tribute to his mother and is truly a beautiful song. He tells about the pain he caused his mother in the past in a regretful manner. Ty Dolla $ign’s hook is filled with emotion as his voice floats over the saxophone laced beat produced by my current favorite producer, Terrace Martin.
As a whole, this album is very solid, and YG completes his objective. The lack of lyricism doesn’t necessarily take away from the album because it was expected. Overall the album comes through as a nice experience and a look into what a day in Compton would be like from YG’s perspective. If you’re a YG fan, you’ll love it, if you aren’t a fan of YG or his kind of music, you won’t hate it.
Replay Value: 8/10
Standout tracks: “Sorry Momma”, “I Really Be(Smokin N Drinkin)”, “1 AM”, “BPT”