Album Review | YG – Still Brazy

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This album isn’t gonna be released until June 17th, but it’s been available to stream on Apple Music since June 14th. It was originally titled Still Krazy, since it’s a sequel to his debut album, My Krazy Life. I think he originally wanted to call it My Brazy Life, but Jeezy wouldn’t let him for some reason. I don’t know why he allowed him to call this one Still Brazy. It doesn’t matter tho. The last project he released was Blame It On The Streets, which was one of the most boring projects I’ve ever heard in my life, and it was only like 9 tracks long. It’s obvious that he put way more effort into this album here tho. Hey… Y’all remember Doughboyz Cashout? What the fuck ever happened to them? If you don’t know what I’m talking about, Doughboyz Cashout was a Hip Hop group from Detroit that was signed to Jeezy’s CTE World label just like YG. The last tweet from their Twitter account is from December 11th of 2013. They weren’t great rappers, but their music was really entertaining from time to time. It’s what you would expect from a group signed to Jeezy’s label. I completely forgot about them. I wonder what happened. Sorry… I guess I shouldn’t make this about them. It’s just weird to me that people completely disappear like that when they have a good buzz going. Hopefully they make a comeback eventually. Anyway, I’m actually expecting to enjoy this album for the most part. From what I’ve seen the reception has been pretty positive. I don’t have the full production credits since the album hasn’t technically been released yet, but I’ll update this shit as soon as they come out.

Track 1: Pops Hot Intro

This is pretty much the same as the intro to My Krazy Life, except his dad is yelling at him instead of his mama. It’s pretty cool that he’s actually making this feel like a proper sequel to his first album.

Track 2: Don’t Come To L.A. Feat. Sad Boy Loko, A.D. & Bricc Baby (Prod. DJ Swish)

This beat is actually really dope. It has the same West Coast style that his first album had, but the production has way more depth and is much more polished. This is great so far. YG’s on the first verse. This is gangsta as fuck. I don’t know these features very well, so I’m not really sure who that is on the hook. I’m just gonna assume everything’s in order, and that that’s Sad Boy Loko. It’s dope tho. Oh fuck yes. YES. Who is this on the second verse? I fuckin’ love this shit. Is that A.D.? He’s yelling his whole verse and it sounds so fuckin’ hard. He sounds like Thugnificent. I’m not even joking; he really sounds like Thugnificent to me. He killed that shit. The last verse was cool too. I actually really fuck with this song. This is gangsta as fuck. I have no problems with this track. 5/5

Track 3: Who Shot Me? (Prod. DJ Swish)

Woah… This beat is dope af. It started off sounding like a generic DJ Mustard beat, but as soon as the beat dropped it got a lot more… uh… I guess… full? It feels less skeletal than the average DJ Mustard beat. Oh, I guess I should’ve mentioned in the preamble that YG got shot 3 times between this album and his previous project. That’s what this song is about. The first verse was cool. The hook is kinda underwhelming. He’s just rapping about how he’s paranoid ever since he got shot. These uncredited female vocals on the bridge are pretty good. Alright, it’s over now. I enjoyed the song. I’m not blown away by it, but I like it. It’s good. Nothing really stands out that much, but I don’t think it’s bad at all. This is dope to me. 4/5

Track 4: Word Is Bond Feat. Slim 400 (Prod. P-Lo)

Okay, this is what I was expecting to hear more of from this album. The beat is very underwhelming. It sounds like that typical DJ Mustard production that YG always rhymes over. I just listened to the whole song, and I’m very underwhelmed. Nothing about it is especially bad. It just sounds like every other YG song I’ve ever heard in my life. Slim 400’s verse wasn’t bad. It’s just a very dull song. I don’t think it’s that bad, but I’d never listen to this again. Not voluntarily at least. 3/5

Track 5: Twist My Fingaz (Prod. Terrace Martin)

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This was the first official single released for this album. I think I heard it once, but I can’t remember what I thought about it. I think I liked it, but I’m not really sure. It came out on July 17th last year. I remember I was in California when it came out. That was when my computer was broken, so I don’t think I heard it until about a week after it originally came out. It’s starting now… Okay, yeah I remember this. This beat from Terrace Martin is dope af. It’s still similar to the shit on My Krazy Life, but it just sounds better. That’s pretty much what this whole album has been so far; it’s My Krazy Life, but with much more engaging production. I love that bassline. This is just YG doing what he does best. If you’re a fan of YG, I don’t see why you wouldn’t like this. This is real G-Funk, which we unfortunately don’t get much of these days. This is my favorite song on the album so far. I really enjoyed this track. This is dope af. 5/5

Track 6: Good Times Interlude Feat. Syke 800, Duce, Marley Blu & Burnt Out

I actually kinda liked the way he did this skit. It was just all of them hangin’ out, and you hear YG narrating. He talks about how the “homie conversation” always turns into the “money conversation,” and then somebody asks for “a couple hundred dollars.” That leads into the next track. Y’all know I don’t usually give a shit about interludes, but this skit was well done.

Track 7: Gimmie Got Shot (Prod. DJ Swish)

This beat’s dope. YG sounds great over it too. I’m honestly surprised by how much I’m enjoying this album so far. It’s not amazing or anything, but it’s much better than I thought it would be. I wouldn’t even really even call myself a fan of YG, but I like this album so far. This is way better than My Krazy Life & Blame It On The Streets. As anyone could’ve predicted from the previous track and the title of this song, YG’s rapping about people who’re always asking him for handouts since he got famous. His flow is really dope. The first verse was great. I just listened to the whole song. I don’t want y’all to get it twisted and think that I’m in love with this track. I really like it. It’s not amazing. It’s good. I don’t have any problems with it. It just isn’t grabbing me like that. I really fuck with it. I’m just not blown away. It’s very good tho. It only lasts a little over two and half minutes too. That definitely increases the replay value. This is dope to me. 4/5

Track 8: I Got A Question Feat. Lil Wayne (Prod. 1500 Or Nothin’)

Oh shitfuck… This beat is dope af. The hook is pretty boring, but the first verse from YG was cool. The second verse was alright. Oh no… That definitely wasn’t the worst I’ve heard from Wayne, but that really isn’t saying much. I’d MAYBE enjoy his verse if it wasn’t soaked in autotune. He wasn’t really sayin’ nothin’ tho. YG’s verses were way more interesting. Everything Wayne said was super generic. I’m actually not really feelin’ this song. I mean, I don’t think it’s terrible, but I don’t really like it… It’s well produced, but the slow pace kinda makes things get boring quickly, especially with that lackluster hook. It’s just not that good of a song. Each verse is worse than the last. This is wack to me. 2/5

Track 9: Why You Always Hatin’? Feat. Drake & Kamaiyah (Prod. CT Beats)

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This is the third single from this album. It came out on May 21st. I’m pretty sure it was premiered on OVO Sound Radio. I think I’ve heard this already. This beat is really underwhelming. I’m not really feelin’ this first verse from YG. The shit he’s saying is fine, but why is he doin’ his voice like that? Nah. I’m not feelin’ his delivery. I’m not feelin’ this hook from Kamaiyah. I’m not… I’m not feelin’ this… Drake’s about to go in now. That’s probably a bad thing. Actually, his features usually aren’t that bad, so he might make this shit better. Meh. His flow was cool, but other than that… Nah… I definitely liked his verse better than YG’s, but nah. I’m not feelin’ this shit. This is wack to me. Everything about it was basic and uninteresting. Drake was the best thing about this song, and I don’t even fuckin’ like that guy. Actually the cover art is the best thing about this song. I like that single cover a lot. 2/5

Track 10: My Perception Feat. Slim 400

This is a pointless, 14 second long interlude.

Track 11: Bool, Balm & Bollective (Prod. DJ Swish)

Shouldn’t it be “Bollected” instead of “Bollective?” This beat’s alright I guess. It’s definitely better than that of the previous song. The first verse was alright. “I’m bool, balm, and bollective.” Yeah… I think he messed it up. He definitely should’ve said “bollected.” The hook is basic. The song just ended. Nah. It’s not that bad, but I won’t be playin’ this shit again. The verses weren’t bad at all, but this didn’t really do anything for me sonically. The verses weren’t interesting enough for me to wanna listen to this more than once. It’s alright tho. 3/5

Track 12: She Wish She Was Feat. Joe Moses & Jay 305

Ooooh shit… This beat is dope af. Goddamn. This is the best beat on the whole album so far. Who made this beat? Whoever it is needs… Oh… Oh no… YG’s rapping… This is probably the most misogynistic song I’ve heard all year. Basically, this woman doesn’t conform to normal female stereotypes, so, according to YG, “she wish she was a nigga.” That by itself wouldn’t be a bad thing, but it’s pretty clear right from the start that he views this as a bad thing. “Baby, look in the mirror / You got your hair and your nails done / You fucking who you want / Not thinking you was wrong / Bitch, you wish you was a nigga / Damn, you should be ashamed / Acting like those pussy lips can’t hang.” Damn. Honestly, I think I overrated this beat too. The more I listen to it the less impressed I am. I don’t think it’s bad. It’s just really not as good as I originally said it was. Nah. I can’t do this song. I can’t tolerate shit like this. This is fucking awful. This shit is wack af. 1/5

Track 13: YG Be Safe Feat. The Homegirl

This is a four second skit. Did this really need to be it’s own track? Really? Just put it at the beginning of the next track or the end of the previous track.

Track 14: Still Brazy (Prod. Ty$ & DJ Swish)

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This beat isn’t bad. The hook kinda sucks, but I enjoyed the first verse. His flow was dope. The second verse was nice. I didn’t care for how he ended every line at the end of the third verse with the N word, but it was still a good verse. I mean, YG isn’t a lyricist, but the verse was still good to me. He sounds good over this beat. His flow and delivery were good to me. I like this song. It definitely isn’t the most memorable track, but it’s not really that bad. I would understand if somebody said it was generic like most of the other YG songs, but I personally enjoyed it. This song’s biggest flaw is definitely the hook. It’s really simplistic and basic. It doesn’t really stand out at all. It’s not particularly bad tho. So yeah. I fuck with this song. This is dope to me. 4/5

Track 15: Fuck Donald Trump Feat. Nipsey Hussle (Prod. DJ Swish)

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This was the second single to be released for this album. I haven’t heard it yet, but I can already tell you that there’s no way this song can get anything lower than a 3. I love that YG used his position to release a message like this. He has a big enough voice to shit on Donald Trump and have people listen, but he’s still a real gangsta, so he can tolerate any of the consequences that come with doing something like that, such as having his lyrics investigated by the Secret Service or having his music video shut down by the bitch ass police. Okay, the songs’s starting now. This hook is very simplistic, but the lyrics are fucking incredible. I was trippin’ when I said YG wasn’t a lyricist. “Fuck Donald Trump.” Woah, what the fuck? Apparently this song DID get censored by the Secret Service. There was a whole bar of straight silence. Apparently in the single version of the song, he says “surprised El Chapo ain’t tried to snipe you.” It’s just silence on the album version tho… Fuck. That just makes me hate Donald Trump even more. I wonder what would’ve happened if YG didn’t let them censor it? The Secret Service probably threatened the label. FUCK. I guess that’s what happens when you don’t go independent. That’s so frustrating. That was probably one of the only good lines in this verse too. I mean, the other shit is alright, but there are some lines in there that just make me roll my eyes. He starts the last couple of bars off by saying “Hey, Donald Trump, and everyone that follows.” So at this point, I’m sittin’ here thinkin’ “alright, he’s directly addressing the klansmen. He’s got their attention. He’s about to say some hard ass shit. He’s about to throw a strong diss at them. He’s about to spit some threats.” It doesn’t happen tho. He follows it up with “You gave us your reason to be President, but we hate yours.” Really? That’s it? That’s all you have to say? I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that he doesn’t really have anything good to say. I don’t think anyone ever labeled YG as a political analyst. I thought he would’ve at least threatened him on some gangsta shit. Maybe the single version is different. Nope. I just checked. It’s the same verse. The only difference is the censored El Chapo line. Maybe Nipsey Hussle will come through with some dope shit. Oh what the fuck? Nipsey’s verse got censored too. Are you fucking shitting me? Fuck. FUCK DONALD TRUMP. Seriously, the album version of this song will have you yelling the chorus out of pure frustration rather than it being a genuine earworm. The line where Nipsey says “you gon’ prolly get smoked” has been replaced by silence. Wait a minute… What? Why was this line censored? “Black love, brown pride in the sets again.” Is the Secret Service against black and latino people having pride? God fucking damnit. I fucking hate Donald Trump and all other racist people. Jesus fucking Christ. I don’t even know how to rate this shit. Pretty much all of the criticisms in this review so far are because of Donald Trump’s racist Secret Service. Even if it wasn’t censored tho… I don’t see myself coming back to this. Pretty much everything about this song from a musical standpoint is underwhelming. The message is great, but other than that I’m not impressed. I don’t even really think they did a good job dissing Trump, which is surprising. YG seems like someone who’d be good at writing disses. I guess not tho. Whatever. I’m still gonna give it a three just because the message is so great. It’s alright. 3/5

Track 16: Blacks & Browns Feat. Sad Boy Loko (Prod. P-Lo)

Woah… Y’all probably won’t believe this, but YG is talking about black on black crime… It’s actually believable too. Maybe I’m just a gullible asshole, but he’s really making it seem like he cares about this shit. He’s talking about systemic racism, and how the government purposely gentrifies black communities, and about how they push black people into ghettos and out of normal civilization so that they’ll have less resources and resort to violence to get what they need. I mean he obviously didn’t explain it like that, but that’s basically what he’s talking about. Wow. I guess this song is kinda hypocritical. It’s like YG’s trying to preach the same message as Kendrick, which doesn’t really make sense since he put the word “brazy” in his album title. I don’t really mind it for some reason tho. I don’t really know why. Sad Boy Loko’s going in now. Damn. That hard R in his accent is kinda hard to get over. “Buenos dias, motheRfuckeRRRRs.” It just sounds off. He had a line in there where he said “it was us before the natives.” I really don’t know what the hell he was talkin’ about there. It kinda seemed like he was throwing Native Americans under the bus. If anyone reading this can clear that up for me, that’d be greatly appreciated. I think it was great for Sad Boy Loko to try to uplift illegal immigrants who probably feel awful right now. “You explored my country but can’t accept my people / But who you want to run your business? My people / My flag is green, white, red, in the center an eagle / Brown Pride, fist high, this is for my illegals.” It’s pretty obvious that this song was targeted at the average klansman. I mean, the average Trump supporter. I love the subject matter of this song, and I think it has a great message. I personally won’t be listening to it again. The production wasn’t really doing anything for me. Same goes for the hook. I love what Sad Boy Loko was trying to say, but his delivery was slightly corny to me. So yeah. As a song, this doesn’t really do much for me. I could never call this wack tho. I respect what they were trying to do. It just didn’t really come together very well for me personally. 3/5

Track 17: Police Get Away Wit Murder (Prod. Hit-Boy)

Okay, Hit-Boy definitely came through for YG. This is one of the few beats that actually sounds different. It’s dope. The hook kinda sucks. It’s not terrible tho. I just listened to the whole song. This is another song that I can’t fully get behind. I love the message, but as a song this doesn’t work for me. The verses were fine, but the more I listen to the song, the more I dislike the hook, and the less I like the beat. I respect what YG tried to say with this song, but, again, I don’t see myself listening to this song again. 3/5

Track +1: Cash Money Feat. Krayzie Bone (Prod. Brave Brothers)

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I think this single was released around the same time as Twist My Fingaz. I’m not really sure why it didn’t make it onto the album. It’ pretty much the same as any other YG song with one main difference: a super infectious hook from Krayzie Bone. Seriously, that hook makes a huge difference. It’s so catchy. I love this song. This is honestly better than any of the songs that actually made it onto the album in my opinion. Krayzie Bone didn’t even have a verse and he damn near stole the show. I love this song. This is dope af. 5/5

Track +2: City Mad Feat. Mozzy & Slim 400 (Prod. P-Lo)

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This song has better production than any of the tracks on the album that were produced by P-Lo. It’s still not that good tho… I just listened to the whole song. It’s not that good. This is what I was talking about during the previous track when I mentioned “any other YG song.” It’s just super generic. I’m not really feelin’ it. I don’t think it’s bad. It’s just not good. The features didn’t add anything for me. This is just okay. 3/5

Track +3: I Wanna Benz Feat. Nipsey Hussle & 50 Cent (Prod. London On Tha Track)

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This beat is dope af. The hook is kinda underwhelming, but it’s not bad enough to really hurt the track. YG sounded pretty good on the first verse. Nipsey did his thing. 50’s verse wasn’t bad. His flow was dope. It wasn’t great lyrically, but I enjoyed it. I guess. This song is kinda dope. Kinda. It’s just barely dope. It’s every other YG song ever made with slightly better production. I like it tho. Kinda… It’s dope… Kinda… 4/5

Track +4: Fuck Donald Trump, Pt. 2 Feat. G-Eazy & Macklemore (Prod. DJ Swish)

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This song was released on July 20th. I don’t know why it’s labeled as “part two.” It’s just a standard remix. The beat is still underwhelming. The subject matter is still great. I don’t like this shit tho. G-Eazy & Macklemore seem like two very odd choices for this song. I guess YG was trying to show that not only people of color hate Donald Trump’s bitch ass. G-Eazy’s on the first verse. I probably don’t have to say this, but I’m not a fan of his. He makes music for the kids at my school—suburban white catholics. Well, actually I don’t know if that’s true anymore. A lot of the suburban white catholics that I know are Trump supporters. Anyway, G-Eazy’s verse was decent I guess. I don’t know. I honestly don’t really feel any different about this remix from the way I felt about the original version. It kinda just sounds like an angry tweet about politics that just so happens to rhyme. It sounds awkward to me for some reason. I guess it’s just ’cause they’re stating the obvious. G-Eazy closes his verse by saying “Ivanka can get it.” So basically “generic white girl can get it.” Macklemore’s verse was corny as FUCK. Honestly, I don’t even think I would’ve minded it that much if he didn’t say “bool.” Yeah, that’s right. Macklemore, arguably the whitest dude in the industry, said “bool.

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He also says “Party in the streets when Hillary wins.” Nah, son. I honestly don’t know if I believe that people actually like Hillary Clinton. Nobody’ll be happy if Hillary wins. They’ll only be happy if Donald Trump loses. Even if it weren’t for the “bool” line or the Hillary line, I wouldn’t be feelin’ his verse. His delivery just sounds so fuckin’ corny. I don’t even know why. I just can’t take his voice seriously. Nobody really brings anything new to the discussion. It’s not like people weren’t already talking about how Donald Trump is an orange Hitler wannabe. YG definitely had the best verse on this song tho. That line where he was talking about how “your own kind don’t even like you” was pretty cool. I mean, I still don’t think it’s that great of a verse, but I like it more than any of the other verses, including the original song. The only line that kinda left me scratching my head was this: “Give Obama a third term; that’s what plenty say.” …Is it? I can’t tell if he literally wants Obama to be president for another 4 years or if he’s saying we should elect Hillary. I guess that’s basically the same thing. I’m sorry, but Obama was a major disappointment. I know that it’s mostly because old white republicans stopped him from doing a lot of things, but I was pretty upset when he just gave up on closing Guantanamo Bay. Anyway, as you can probably tell, I don’t really like this song. I can’t really say it’s that much worse than the original tho. I just don’t think YG sounds very good making politically charged music. Also, the features from G-Eazy & Macklemore’s goofy asses were really weird. If he wanted to get a white guy on the song he should’ve called up Mac Miller. Anyway, I can’t hate on the message, but I just don’t really like the song itself. It’s alright. I guess. 3/5

Final Thoughts:

This album is alright I guess. I didn’t really enjoy most of this album, but I don’t think it’s that bad. His fans should enjoy it. I do think this is a step up from My Krazy Life. The production was my main problem with this album. It started off pretty good, but the farther I got into the project, the more generic and uninspired the production became. YG’s rapping was fine with a few exceptions. The bars on FDT were disappointing, and She Wish She Was was just offensive. Most of YG’s rapping wasn’t bad tho. The album as a whole is kind of a mess. Well, I guess most of it was alright. It just feels like… I feel like he finished this album in early 2015, before Donald Trump announced that he was running for president. It felt like Still Brazy was supposed to be the last song because after that track this album took a sharp turn. It’s fine if YG wants to make politically charged music, but it’s a bad idea to randomly throw all of it at the end. This was a pretty lighthearted project, but it got real serious once Fuck Donald Trump came on. This would be like if Kendrick Lamar released To Pimp A Butterfly, and the first 13 songs were all like Untitled 7, and then he abruptly ended the album with 3 tracks that were all like The Blacker The Berry. It was just a really jarring transition. The placement of those tracks at the end made it feel like an afterthought. I mean, I respect what he was trying to say with those songs, but it just felt sloppy. The execution was off. So there ya go. I wasn’t really feelin’ this album like that, but I don’t think it was terrible. I got a handful of good tracks outta this. It’s alright.

Favorite Song: Twist My Fingaz

Least Favorite Song: She Wish She Was

Verdict:

64%

MEH

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  1. While I am not a fan of YG (I loathed that short film he made awhile back as it felt uninspired and just felt like wasted potential cinematically) I do respect this cat for trying to bridge the gap between Chicanos and Blacks as historically it ain’t never been too nice because of prison politics in California. And for that the vato gets some respect for me even though he switched rags back in the day lol.

    As for the album, it’s alright though shows the West is still kicking I’d much rather listen to”90059″ or “Oxymoron” or the extremely underrated Daz Dillinger debut “Revenge, Retaliation & Get Back”

    Great job!

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