Check out YG’s latest interview with RESPECT Magazine where he speaks about a number of topics including his upcoming project and more.
YG is an anomaly: a gangsta rapper with a club pulse. His music gets the party turnt up, and his latest effort, Just Re’d Up 2, bangs like usual, fitted with thick, pulsating bass, hypnotic melodies, and spastic claps. YG, along with super-producer DJ Mustard, known for hits like Tyga’s “Faded,” have created something — some call it “ratchet music,” in the best way possible — that’s taken L.A. by storm. Fresh off a tour with Mac Miller, he’s back to claim a sound that’s been borrowed by the likes of Meek Mill, Young Jeezy and even Drake.
We catch up with YG while he’s chillin’ in the hills of Hollywood, California, where he’s recently moved his family. It’s not too far from the streets of Bompton (Blood Gang, Compton), but far enough. Barely 23 years old, YG utters few words, but he’s clear and concise. On his new track “Im 4rm Bompton,” he say, “And I ain’t into doing interviews / ‘Cause criminals don’t like talking.”
But right now the streets are doing all the talking for him, even if he hasn’t dropped an album more than two years after his hit, “Toot It & Boot It.” To the Def Jam signee, it’s much more than just putting out an album. “I don’t want to be an artist to just come out with low sales,” he reveals. He also mentions that while he’s been nominated for a Grammy already thanks to a vocal sample used in Uncle Snoop’s “Young Wild & Free,” that the golden trophy remains “one of [his] goals.”
YG, born Keenon Jackson, grew up listening to the ’90s West Coast classics, including legends like Tupac and Snoop Dogg. “I didn’t get into Jay-Z until a couple years ago,” he says, as Kendrick Lamar did before him. It’s not a surprise. When it comes to rap, L.A.’s as territorial as it’s famed street gangs. “I didn’t get it at first, but after I’ve grown I see what he’s talking about,” he says.
Read the full interview here.
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