YG at The Crocodile 7/30Posted by Adam Barnett
I hear too many people talk about their love for “all music but rap.” Usually the reason provided for this generalized, naïve intolerance has something to do with lyrics centered around specialized topics like “f*ckin’ b*tches” or “gettin’ high.”
Well, what’s wrong with that? That’s what pop music is all about, but it might not be as explicit about sex and drugs as Paramount’s, Keenan Jackson better known as YG (or Young Gangsta).
YG is bringing his directness and honesty on thug life to The Crocodile on Monday, July 30. And as we all know, honesty is a virtue.
While his full-length debut Freshman on Campus isn’t out on Def Jam for a couple of months, YG has put out quite a repertoire of punchy, fun and equally sleezy gangsta rap compared to other “young gangstas.”
YG began making music with the release of his mixtape 4Fingaz in 2008, which earned songs like “She a Model” a sizable Internet audience. Eventually, this earned him a gig with hip-hop powerhouse Def Jam. Since then, he’s released a slew mixtapes and has collaborated with artists like Far East Movement, Tyga and most notably, 50 Cent and Snoop Dogg. His debut single “Toot it and Boot it,” detailing Jackson’s tooting-and-booting antics with girls he meets at clubs, paved way for the rapper’s crisp and laid-back delivery in the mainstream.
Recently, the rapper released his fourth mixtape 4 Hunnid Degreez, a collaboration with DJ Mustard featuring artists like 2 Chainz, Mac Miller and Ty$. Track titles like “Get Money & F*ck,” “I Like Head” and “B*tch Betta Have My Money” leave very little to the imagination, lyrically. But, there’s a reason why YG is a rising artist in the jerkin’ movement**, and it’s apparent on this mixtape. There’s also some sort of poetry in lyrics like “B*tch better have my moola,” shallow on the surface, but darn if it doesn’t hit you like “I have eaten the plums that were in the icebox.”
You can download the 4 Hunnid Degreez here.
The Crocodile is hosting a meet-and-greet with YG before the show for which you can purchase tickets along with your general admission. Maybe you can ask him about his process in his selection of words like “toot.”