YG, DJ Mustard, Taylor Bennett, Jim Tuck, 2KDrae, JMoney tha Takeova, Wire Ent | Metro | Hip-Hop | Chicago Reader

YG, DJ Mustard, Taylor Bennett, Jim Tuck, 2KDrae, JMoney tha Takeova, Wire Ent Recommended 18+ Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard Image

When: Wed., May 7, 8 p.m. 2014

My Krazy Life (Def Jam), the recent major-label debut from Compton rapper YG, proves that regional rap can still thrive in 2014—the album’s all about ratchet, the bold and skeletal party sound that’s been brewing in Los Angeles for the past few years. It’s not just YG who’s putting on for ratchet, of course—My Krazy Life features appearances from many of the scene’s brightest stars, including hypersexual rapper-singer Ty Dolla $ign and R&B lothario Tee Flii. Ratchet’s principal architect, DJ Mustard, produced the bulk of the record—he uses just a few keyboard notes per song (sometimes it sounds like they’re the same notes every time), but he stretches and molds them so they can do double and triple duty, providing the heart of a shrill, sinister street track or a buoyant, joyous club banger. YG sometimes sounds like a supporting player on his own album, overshadowed by his support cast—he performs capably enough, but the lack of color in his nasty gangsta raps makes him sound like a bit of an amateur. But he’s great as a hype man to the record’s rattle-your-rib-cage beats, and on a track such as “I Just Wanna Party,” that’s about all I could ask of him. YG can be thoughtful too: on “Really Be (Smokin N Drinkin)” he raps about seeking out drugs to cope with mistrust and paranoia, transcending some unfortunate lyrics (“I woke up this morning / I had a boner”) to show that even hip-hop that’s self-consciously “ignorant” can be insightful too. —Leor Galil

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