My Krazy Life

My Krazy Life



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Love it or loathe it, unashamed gangsta rap exists, and in 2014, it thrives with folks like Chief Keef and other Chicago-based thugs ruling the youth side of the genre, while Southern smokers take up the rest of the chart positions, including plenty of freaky hits for Gucci Mane and glitzy baller smashes coming from the Miami-based Don Rick Ross. That leaves gangsta rap's birthplace, the West Coast, with little representation, but the 24-year-old -- and sounding much younger -- Compton kid known as Y.G. wants to bring all the gold home to the land of Cube, Snoop, Dre, and Eazy-E. Besides that, on his Def Jam debut he's got that smartass killer attitude of the N.W.A. crew in their early days, combined with a little of that Geto Boys' ramshackle kamikaze style, although they were, obviously, born in Houston. My Krazy Life is an excitement-packed journey back to the days when the hardest gun talk and most thrilling, plus provocative, put-downs came from the underbelly of the Golden State, but as much as the album revels in murder, misogyny, and mayhem, Y.G. has got that "music as a way out" thing going into overdrive. He's making sure, as his furious Momma yells during the intro, he's not winding up in jail "like your damn Daddy!," and becomes a "people person" the only way he knows how, by enlisting that Parliamentary funk during the party starting "Do It to Ya" which comes with an "Ass up!" and etc. chorus that can't be repeated in mixed company. The Breaking Bad cast would even balk at the drug consumption quest Y.G. remarks on during "Really Be (Smokin N Drinkin')" featuring Kendrick Lamar, and yet his rattling through street slang and drug combos is the inspired stuff of early E-40 or Too Short without the relaxed pimp stance. Instead, Y.G. is an aggressive playa, and the slow and supposedly "sweet" numbers like "Me & My Bitch" cause speed bumps on an otherwise alive album, but the superstars like Kendrick, Drake, and Schoolboy Q are shuffled in smoothly, and when Rich Homie Quan and Jeezy come through on the great "My Hitta" the chemistry is perfect. The album's secret weapon is DJ Mustard who offers numerous productions that are pop like Young Money and bottom-heavy with G-Funk as the blueprint. Think of 50 Cent's Get Rich or Die Tryin' delivered by an inspired rapper in a post-Nicki Minaj world and you're close to the thrill of this inspired debut.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/18/2014
Label: Def Jam
UPC: 0602537580781
catalogNumber: 001942002

Album Credits

Performance Credits

YG   Primary Artist,Vocals
Kenneth Crouch   Keyboards
Suga Free   Vocals
Marlon Williams   Guitar
Tee Cee   Vocals,Background Vocals
Battlecat   scratching
Wyann Vaughn   Vocals,Background Vocals
Jeret Black   Vocals,Background Vocals
Terrace Martin   Bass,Percussion,Keyboards,Saxophone
Smooth   Vocals
DJ Mustard   scratching
Slim 400   Vocals,Background Vocals
Ty Dolla Sign   Background Vocals
Igor   Vocals
Reem Riches   Vocals,Background Vocals
Rayneisha   Skit
Ricky "Grimace" Henry   Vocals
Yana   Skit
Forty   Vocals
DJ John John   scratching
Rodney J. Brown   Vocals,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

David Axelrod   Composer
Michel'le   Composer
C. Miller   Composer
Mike Miller   Art Direction
Calvin Broadus   Composer
Delmar "Daz" Arnaud   Composer
T. Griffin   Composer
Ari Raskin   Engineer
Young Jeezy   Executive Producer
Tai Linzie   Photo Production
Rob Caiaffa   Marketing
YG   Executive Producer
Christopher Wongwon   Composer
D. Peterson   Composer
C. Jackson   Composer
A. Johnson   Composer
A. Forte   Composer
L. Wayne   Composer
J. Jenkins   Composer
B. Moore   Composer
Dee Brown   Engineer
Terrace Martin   Producer,Additional Production
DJ Mustard   Executive Producer
Dijon McFarlane   Producer,Basic Track
BWheezy   Producer
Ty Dolla Sign   Producer
C-Ballin   Producer
Derek "MixedByAli" Ali   Engineer
Sickamore   Executive Producer
Kendrick Duckworth   Composer
Paul Lane   Package Production
Metro Boomin   Producer
Mikely Adam   Producer
Zane Shoemake   Engineer
James Royo   Engineer
Chordz   Producer
Anthony Michael Wyley   Engineer

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