Is YG 4REAL?
On March 31st, 2019, Crenshaw, the whole state of California and the whole Hip-Hop community were shocked, sad, angry and devastating when they learned about the death of Nipsey Hussle. He was one of a kind because he invested into the growth of his Crenshaw community, he had visions to empower black people around the United States of America and you could tell the man had a great heart. It was a hard pill to swallow but many of his family members, friends and rappers are making sure that his marathon and vision continues. That's the case with his close friend and brother from another color, Compton rapper YG as he just released his fourth album a week ago, May 24th, 2019, "4Real 4 Real" under his own label, 4Hunnid Records and Def Jam Recordings. Featured artists on the album are Tyga, Jon Z, Boogie, Meek Mill, G-Eazy, Ty Dolla Sign and others.
The album starts off with the song "Hard Bottoms & White Socks". On this smooth and laid back song, YG expresses his gang culture and how he's been the face of it like Dre, Snoop, Game and Kendrick, and how he and his homies redefined the west coast rap alongside with Nipsey just like their forefathers before them. The next song is "Bottle Service" and in my opinion, DJ Mustard should have taken more time to mix this song because the beat is so loud, I had to put the volume up to hear YG rap. When it comes to YG lyrical content on this song, I wasn't too impressed and I don't think a man should be proud to "Turn a Good Girl to a Thot" as YG claims. Then we have the song "In The Dark" followed by "Go Loko" featuring Tyga and Jon Z. I have nothing special to say about those 2 songs, just lazy lyrics and that Go Loko has a Spanish vibe to it. "Stop Snitchin" is the 5th song of the album and it targets incarcerated rapper 6ix9ine. YG previewed the song at the Coachella festival with a picture of 6ix9ine with a sign saying "Stop Snitchin." The first time I listened to the song, I was hooked because the instrumental is really good but when you actually listen to YG's lyrics, you're like, Ok this song is stupid. Basically, just listen to the song without paying attention to the lyrics and don't play the song in your mother's house or you might get kicked out. Now we have the song "I Was On The Block" featuring Valee & Boogie followed by the song "Keshia Had A Baby" featuring Rose Gold. Now don't mistake "Keshia Had A Baby" with 2 Pac's "Brenda's Got A Baby", two songs completely apart from each other with different content. YG's song is about a girl named Keshia who had big plans and goals for her life but you found out in the song that she was just a scandalous girl who had a baby with two different men and left them because they weren't "good enough" for her. If YG would rap like the way he did on this song, the album could be better, but let's wait and see for the rest.
Halfway through the album, we have the song "Heart 2 Heart" featuring Meek Mill, Rose Gold and Arin Ray. This song is my favorite so far from the album because it has that inspirational feeling and both YG and Meek Mill did a good job on their verses. The following song is "Play Too Much" where YG raps about how he liked a girl but he felt like a fool because she played him and usually he's the one who plays the girl. "Do Not Disturb" featuring G-Eazy and Kamaiyah is similar to the song Go Loko, dumb down hook with lazy lyrics. Then we have "Do Yo Dance" featuring Ty Dolla $ign, Kamaiyah, RJ and Mitch. It's actually a good song to dance to when you're at a pool party and it has that west coast summer vibe to it too. "Her Story" is featuring Day Sulan where Day Sulan raps for about one minute telling a mellow hood girl story. "My Last Words" is a speech from YG during the memorial burial of the late Nipsey Hussle. This is the only tribute to Nipsey Hussle throughout the whole album. The album finishes off with "Stop Snitchin" remix featuring DaBaby.
I'm not going to lie, I was expecting something way better from 4REAL 4REAL and I thought it would've been a kind of tribute for Nipsey Hussle but except for My Last Words, it's just a typical YG album. Honestly, every time I listen to YG, I always feel dumb down because of the way he raps, he always sounds like a 13-year-old who tries to be a tough gangster. Me being a pure west coast fan, YG never did it for me and after 4 albums, I'm still not a fan of the west coast rapper.