So, yesterday I wrote this on the DopeHouse’s the Twitter account…
— 2dopeboyz (@2DOPEposts) March 18, 2014
and per usual some random visitor on the site ranted on about about how because the album “isn’t hip-hop” because – in his opinion, of course – it has “wack bars” and that he didn’t “understand it.” Respectfully, I’ll have to say that not only was the retort completely out of tune with the original message, it seems as if the actual message of the tweet pretty much went over the head of the commenter (I’ll just ignore the whole “age” thing remark entirely). I’ll try to break it down as best as I can.
If you were born and raised in the Left Coast – particularly in Southern California – then you’ll know that the region has a distinct sound – like every other region, from Atlanta to Texas – that some outsiders may simply shrug off as either too “slow” or “wack” for their palate. YG* curated a sound for My Krazy Life to reflect growing up in SoCal, and the result is an album that, while it takes cues from the golden days of Left Coast rap (hell, who else do you know samples “Let’s Play House” by Tha Dogg Pound in 2014?), is tailored to match the current sounds of today. Thus, if you’re either A: not a fan of vintage, Left Coast rap from the 90s (which, coincidentally, YG makes a mention of in this interview for FADER above) or, B: are looking for something else in the album (like, say, bars like the random visitor), then you won’t “understand” why the album sounds the way it does to begin with.
But I digress.
YG’s My Krazy Life is available now on iTunes.
* – or, YG and those who worked with him on the album