YG
My Krazy Life


4.0
excellent

Review

by Ben Thornburgh CONTRIBUTOR (115 Reviews)
March 24th, 2014 | 210 replies | 12,145 views


Release Date: 03/18/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Envoking the vibe of other west coast classics without directly apeing them, YG's My Krazy Life is the dawning of a new day for distinctly California gangsta rap.

When YG’s (Keenon Jackson) atmospheric single “My Nigga” was released last year it didn't become an instant smash hit. Instead it slowly built momentum before a viral Vine video sent the song rocketing into the top 20. It reigned on rap radio for months and still sits in regular rotation. Unfortunately, “My Nigga”s omnipresence quickly fatigued the song and now it’s more likely to get a quick flip of the dial than a full listen. But the way “My Nigga” is cleverly sequenced into YG’s debut album My Krazy Life grants it a second life.

After just over 2 minutes of the tense, anxious home invasion step by step “Meet the Flockers”, the beat drops out for guest artist Tee Cee’s line “Hit my first lick passed with my niggas aye!” The instant that line ends, the epic first synth hit for “My Nigga” comes ripping out of “Flockers” nervy dread. Similar to a masterful DJ beat transition, the effect is overwhelmingly pleasurable. It hits the reset button on every time you’ve ever heard “My Nigga” and makes the song sound brand new again.

My Krazy Life has come out of nowhere to secure an easy position among the best rap albums of the year and an official heads up that ratchet music has arrived. Perhaps most impressive is the fact that My Krazy Life sounds unmistakably West Coast without sounding exactly like 2001 or The Chronic. DJ Mustard’s distinctive sound, which laces 10 of the album’s 14 songs, is filled with miles of open space and a refreshing, reserved approach to bass.

YG twists songs with the perfect amount of gritty reality and fantastic escapism. When YG raps, “It's a must in the county, I ain't have no pagers/My bitch wouldn't come see me, I was in there masturbating” it’s darkly funny and hard not to take him at his word. YG’s earlier days were spent robbing houses. Instead of tried and true lyrics about cooking cocaine, we get vividly intense works like “Meet the Flockers”, a second by second recounting of a home invasion. Even the requisite mom ode “Sorry Momma” is filled with spirit and empathy by recreating an argument between YG and his mother.

A collection of West side bangers like “Left, Right” and “Who Do You Love” would have been enough for a recommendation but what really puts My Krazy Life over the top is that it also hides a concept album in it. Even looser than Kendrick Lamar’s, who contributes a furious verse on “Really Be (Smokin N Drinkin)", Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City, My Krazy Life tells a story that begins with YG robbing a random house in a Chinese neighborhood (“because they don't believe in bank accounts”) and ends with YG in prison. The plot never harms the album’s momentum or reduces songs to mere plot advancing. Instead, it furthers My Krazy Life’s widescreen portrait of Los Angeles.

That the “Toot and Boot It” guy got to release an album at all is pretty amazing. That it turned out to be this good is nothing short of incredible. Despite two better-than-average-but-still-not-so-great for the ladies tracks (“Do It To Ya” and “Me & My Bitch”, helpfully sequenced together for easy skipping), My Krazy Life has emerged as one of the most enjoyable rap albums of the year. It’s attention to detail extends all the way down to the sequencing of skits at the end of tracks instead of the beginning. Even Biggie got that wrong once.



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HolidayKirk
Contributing Reviewer
March 24th 2014


1624 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I debated hard between a 4 and a 4.5. We'll see what this turns out to be but it is really great.

I wrote this relatively quick so please suggest edits.

CaptainDooRight
March 24th 2014


29097 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

sorry bro, but no

Digging: Kangding Ray - Solens Arc

LordePots
March 24th 2014


6577 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

YG?

let me guess, 'young g____'

Digging: Alt-J - This Is All Yours

Recspecs
March 24th 2014


9829 Comments


Yayo is the best song he'll be involved in

GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
March 24th 2014


6109 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Ye I heard this was hot

Still haven't peeped yet tho

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
March 24th 2014


31153 Comments


Pretty much that ^, but y'know, whiter

Digging: Banks - Goddess

LordePots
March 24th 2014


6577 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

i dunno i listened to the first few tracks and it was pretty much the worst thing ever tbqh

LordePots
March 24th 2014


6577 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

like all of this so far basically just sounds like the epitome of what is wrong with hip-hop these days

unintelligent drivel 'nigga this nigga that' extremely generic trap beat 'autotune singing passage' 'pussy this pussy that'

ShitsofRain
March 24th 2014


5892 Comments


you aint feeling that krazy life

Digging: Anthony Shakir - Frictionalism 1994-2009

LordePots
March 24th 2014


6577 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

definitely not feelin the mindless drivel ya

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
March 24th 2014


23816 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

chyeah breh

"like all of this so far basically just sounds like the epitome of what is wrong with hip-hop these days"

cue oltna???????

LordePots
March 24th 2014


6577 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

lol yeah

surprised you like this adrian

CaptainDooRight
March 24th 2014


29097 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

yeah what Papas said

LordePots
March 24th 2014


6577 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

i rarely rate anything under a 2.5 but i totally am probably gonna 1.5 or 2 this

ShitsofRain
March 24th 2014


5892 Comments


you are krazy

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
March 24th 2014


23816 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"surprised you like this adrian"

me too, I think I'm just trying to get that tard oltnabrick to like me

also I like basketball now

#GoSports

Buzzkillr
March 24th 2014


1541 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

only good songs on this are the singles and "I just wanna party". listening to an entire album produced by dj mustard is actually quite tiresome

HolidayKirk
Contributing Reviewer
March 24th 2014


1624 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

unintelligent drivel 'nigga this nigga that' extremely generic trap beat 'autotune singing passage' 'pussy this pussy that'

^^

Dad?

Emyay
March 24th 2014


5952 Comments


i actually prefer yg's verses to kendrick's verse on 'really be'. it might be just me but i'm getting kind of tired of kendrick doing the "start slow then get pissed" style. he seems to be using it too much lately. great song eithe way

HolidayKirk
Contributing Reviewer
March 24th 2014


1624 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah easy highlight.



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