It’s no surprise the West Coast rapper, YG‘s career blew up last year. Not only did he recruit fellow West-Coast Native, Nipsey Hussle for the political yet bouncy record “Fuck Donald Trump” (couldn’t agree more), but he also released an extremely dense political record that paints a picture as gritty as the acclaimed ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’.
YG’s ‘Still Brazy‘ is slightly different to his debut album. Not only does it not have any production from DJ Mustard, but the detail of themes, songs and improvement of cinematic detail to an only audio product, is what separated YG’s album from a lot of his peers.
From the eerie keys, groovy strings and threatening synth on “Don’t Come To LA” to the ecstatic bassline, interjections of keys, smoothest synths on “Twist My Fingaz”, we see a more open YG. One of he more intimate tracks on the album is the melodic “Who Shot Me?” which sees YG asking himself out of all the trials and tribulations he’s acted on are a result of his near-fatal shooting. One of my favourite parts of this song is the Paloma Ford chorus and background vocals throughout.
Another overlooked song on the tracklisting is the Lil Wayne assisted “I Got a Question” (again?). The glossy strings and bumping bass are the selling point for me. I just can’t help but nod my head while listening to this track. It also sees YG taking a step-back with a less aggressive tone and relaxed flow. Wayne steals the show though with a heavily auto-tuned verse. However, his raspy and codeine-inspired flow glide over the beat and is another sign that Wayne is still capable of being a reliable guest feature.
Following “I Got a Question”, we receive “Why You Always Hatin?” a bouncy club record. Kamaiyah takes chorus duty and YG gives the instrumental an angry but bumping verse. However, Drake literally takes YG’s flow (off his own song) and carbon-copies it, while adding his ‘own flavor‘.
Other tracks that also stand out is the self-titled track “Still Brazy”. The TY$ and Swish produced is the standout of the instrumentals on the album. The loop of the synth, ‘2001‘ like bassline and energetic verses from YG, make it one of the best tracks on the album.
In all, YG tackles topics such as paranoia, injustice, depraved communities and living a life only one could dream of.