Yg ( Keenon Daequan Ray Jackson ) is an American rapper and actor. He was born on March 9th, 1990 in Compton, California. 2009 he released his debut single “Toot It and Boot It” featuring Ty Dolla Sign, which peaked at number 67 on the Billboard Hot 100. The next few years he released mixtapes such as The Real 4Fingaz, Just Re’d Up, Just Re’d Up 2, 4 Hunnid Degreez, and many others.
June 2013, YG signed a deal to Young Jeezy’s imprint CTE World. His 2013 single, “My Nigga” featuring Jeezy and Rich Homie Quan, peaked at number 19 on the US Billboard Hot 100, becoming the highest charting song of his career. He later on released the singles “Left, Right” and “Who Do You Love?” featuring Drake, leading up to the release of his debut studio album.
Yg Age/Early Life
He was born on 9th March 1990 ( 29 years as of 2018 ) His name YG stands for “Young Gangster.”Jackson joined the Bloods gang in 2006 at age 16. His father served time in jail for tax fraud.
He is 1.78 meters tall.
He got fully in the industry after releasing his debut single Toot It and Boot It featuring Ty Dollar Sign which appeared number 67 on Billboard top 100. Its success caused him to be signed onto Def Jam Recordings. He then released some mixtapes in the following years; The Real 4fingaz Just Re` Up 2d.
In 2013 he signed a deal to Young Jeezy. Later in June, he revealed that Jeezy would release his album called I`m 4rm Bompton. On September he announced that Def Jam will be released on 19th March 2013. He revealed that he was going to work with Drake on a song titled Who Do You Love. Shortly after he released the albums single My Nigga featuring Rich Homie Quan and Jeezy. It peaked number 19 on Billboards top 100.
On June 24th, 2015 he revealed in an interview with Billboard that his next album was going to be called Still Krazy. He continued making numbers of hits and on February 19th, 2018 he announced his third studio album Stay Dangerous.
Still Brazy was released on June 17, 2016. The third single “Why You Always Hatin?” premiered on OVO Sound Radio on May 21, 2016 featuring Drake and Kamaiyah. November 25, 2016, he released the “Black Friday” inspired Red Friday, released digitally; it had 8 tracks.
December 17, 2016, YG announced through social media, the announcement of Just Re’d Up 3, set to be released in 2017. This project will be executive produced by himself and DJ Mustard.
February 3, 2017, the song “I Don’t”, by American singer and songwriter Mariah Careywas released, featuring YG. Carey and YG performed “I Don’t” live on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on February 15, 2017.
March 24, 2017, a remix featuring Remy Ma and YG was released. On February 19, 2018 YG announced his third studio album would be Stay Dangerous on his Instagram page and would be released this summer. It was released in 2018.
Yg Stay 4 Hunnid Records
Keenon came up with the idea for a label he later attempted to co-found it with DJ Mustard and Ty Dolla $ign. The “label” was used as a promotional tool and a brand for YG and DJ Mustard’s group of rap collaborators they had grown up with. But as they moved forward in laying the groundwork for the label and its roster, plans for the label were scrapped when their meeting with Capitol went south and the three artists decided to go their separate ways.
Yg Big Bank Lyrics
4Hunnid Clothing by YG is a new member to the family of brands available online and in-store at the closest Zumiez shop. Compton’s very own rapper Keenon D.R Jackson better known as YG leads his 4Hunnid clothing debut collection with a series of graphic tees, long sleeve t-shirts, hoodies and more.
He has a networth of 3 million dollars which he has gotten from his career in music and his clothing line.
Yg Big Bank Lyrics
- My Nigga
- Who Do You Love?
- Don’t Tell ‘Em
- The Rap Monument
- BIG BANK
- My Nigga (Remix)
- Young, Wild & Free
- Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa
- Why You Always Hatin?
- She Bad
- Cardi B & YG
- Bicken Back Being Bool
- Same Bitches
- Left, Right
- I Just Wanna Party
- Gucci On My
Mike WiLL Made-It
- Act Right
- FDT (Fuck Donald Trump
- SUU WHOOP
- Cut Her Off (Remix)
- Me & My Bitch
- You Broke
- Really Be (Smokin N Drinkin)
- R.I.P. (Remix)
- Twist My Fingaz
- Ride Out
Kid Ink, Tyga, Rich Homie Quan, Wale & YG
- I’m A Real 1
- Do It To Ya
- My Krazy Life Tracklist
Ty Dolla $ign
- Meet the Flockers
- FDT (Fuck Donald Trump) – Pt 2
- I’m A Thug
- Still Brazy
- Bitches Ain’t Shit
- That’s My Nigga
Meek Mill, YG & Snoop Dogg
- Sorry Momma
- Extra Luv
- Want Her
- Fuck It Up
- I’m Good
- 1 AM
- I Be On
- When I Was Gone
- All in a Day
- I Wanna Benz
- L.A.LOVE (la la) (Remix)
- Pop It
- Thank God (Interlude)
- Bitch Betta Have My Money
- Toot It and Boot It
I was hoping you would come through in the sunglasses. I was wondering where you got those.
They’re called Roberi & Fraud or something. It’s, like, an overseas brand.
So, our fashion section, The Cut, recently called you a “style icon.” I respect you bringing that flashy Cali street flair with the 4Hunnid line.
Oh, for real?
Yeah. Artist merch usually comes in two tiers: There’s the $30, $40 stuff printed on regular cotton, and then there’s the Beyoncé, Kanye stuff that’s higher end. It seems like you’re trying to get into the middle of that and have something that’s a little upscale, but still affordable. I was wondering if you were consciously doing that.
Yeah, we’re for sure consciously doing that. But we got different tiers of the 4Hunnid brand. We got the lower: the regular printables, the T-shirts, and the hoodies. Then we got our cut-and-sew line. Then we’re gonna be doing special capsules with different retailers like Barney’s. We’re gonna have a Barney’s collection. Different collections for higher-end retailers. And that shit gon’ be expensive. But our mid-price products … probably anywhere from $40 to $150, $200. That’s the shit we sell online. And then the higher end shit gonna be Barney’s and all that other stuff.
A lot of streetwear is kind of thirsty to have a connection with the streets, but when you look at who’s making the stuff, it’s not so many people coming from the streets.
And you’re trying to bring a change to that industry?
That was definitely a part of the conversation when I was talking to the homie about relaunching this 4Hunnid shit. One of the things I’m trying with the brand is representing the streets. And we got real street motherfuckers behind it. And it’s paying real homage to the streets. Cause a lot of these brands, they steal from the culture, steal from the people. They don’t really pay homage and give back. They don’t do nothing like … I’m using models from the streets. The homegirls from my hood. I’m using the homies from the hood. For certain shit, I’m making sure they’re a part of the whole situation. I’m using real models too, also. But I’m blending it in for sure.
In “Su Whoop,” you spoke out against fake Bloods. Do you feel like people are getting too cozy with gang culture, who have no connection to it?
I mean … Yeah. Probably due to the internet. But it’s a good thing for motherfuckers that’s really from the gang culture, cause you can benefit off of it. [Laughs.]
On the cover of the new album, you’re in a leather vest, and it looks, to me, like 2Pac from All Eyez On Me. It seems like you’re moving towards that stylish gangster vibe that he had in the mid-’90s.
2Pac was probably the flyest nigga on the West Coast back in the day, for sure. He was playing with the fashion shit. I feel like my swag, how I dress, is different from how he was dressing, but you can compare us as far as being from the West Coast on some fashion street niggas. I guess you could say I’m picking up where he left it off.
So, you have the clothing line, you have a label, you made a short film… is stepping up your business game about making sure you’re set for a future outside of rap?
Hell yeah. It’s mandatory.
I want to ask about titles. I feel like you have the best series of album titles right now. You had My Krazy Life, which was you introducing yourself to people who didn’t really follow the mixtapes. You had Still Brazy, where you’re maintaining. So I was wondering what the thought behind Stay Dangerous was.
Stay Dangerous, man. The concept behind that is staying on your shit. Staying ready. Staying on the edge. Staying ten steps ahead of the next motherfucker. Not just your enemies, but everybody. Being proactive, not reactive. Knowledge is dangerous, you know what I’m talking about? So yeah, when I say “stay dangerous,” I mean all that. It ain’t really like, as far as the album concept … The last two albums I did, it was like, deep storylines … I don’t really got no deep-ass storylines and shit. Like, this song connecting with this song ah ah ahhh. It flow right. I put it together right, but it ain’t no deep-ass storyline.
The new one reminds me of your mixtape stuff, like 4 Hunnid Degreez and Just Re’d Up. Were you trying to get back to that style?
Yeah, because me and Mustard, we went so long without working with each other and feeding the people what they wanted from us. My main focus was doing that. It was like, fuck, I ain’t about to spend all this time trying to do some deep-ass shit. We ‘bout to come turn up. And we ‘bout to make some real music though. We ‘bout to make some hits. I’m gonna put this shit together to where it feel like it’s a real album. So getting back to the basics was definitely a priority.
You’ve worked with Ty Dolla $ign for about ten years. It’s ten years since “Toot It and Boot It,” right? Now, the two of you get to work on tracks with Nicki, and Drake, and Kanye, and Beyoncé. Talk to me about that growth.
Ty always was the most talented of the group on some musician shit, on some musical shit. He was always big bro. He was teaching us shit. He was helping Mustard when Mustard started making beats, cause Mustard wasn’t making beats at first. He was my DJ. He was just DJing. He started making beats. Ty used to give him advice, sounds, and all type of shit. It feel good to see the homies that you came up with before the fame and the money. Niggas was broke. Niggas was sleeping at each other house, all type of regular shit. So it’s a blessing for sure. That shit rare, you feel me? You don’t get a group of motherfuckers that came up with each other before the success that’s not in a group. We ain’t no group. We homies, though. We was all from the same clique. And we all got our own shit going on. That shit crazy.
Most musical partnerships don’t last ten years. How do you keep the energy going?
Niggas just be having real conversations with each other. When me and Mustard was going through what we was going through, me and Ty would talk about it. And Ty would be like, bro, fuck that, we gotta fix it … and I was like, nah, fuck that … But at the end of the day, if niggas see some shit going on that ain’t solid, motherfuckers gonna holla about it.
Try and be intermediaries for each other?
Yeah. Motherfuckers gonna holla about it. At the end of the day, niggas realize, bro, we can all do what we do on our own and be straight in life. But if we do this shit together, it’s gonna be crazy. And we supposed to do it together. Ain’t no reason why we shouldn’t. We came in this shit together. Niggas ain’t trying to be like people that came in the game with homies, then niggas got successful, and then at the end of the day, when you look back and you’re older, y’all not even cool no more. That shit wack.
The connection is more important than the fame.
Hell yeah. That’s why, with me and Mustard … it took us so long with the music because we were separated from each other for so long. And a part of the reason of how the sound got created was because we was on some homie shit, hanging with each other every day. So this nigga knew what type of shit … he knew all my little shit. I knew the homie. I knew how to get out what I need to get out from him. He know how to get out what he need to get out from me. Because we spent that much time with each other. So we had to spend that type of time again, on some regular shit. Just in the studio, talking, just being regular. Me and bro, we like neighbors. We live in the same gated community and shit. Our kids be hanging with each other every day.
You had to get back on a friendship level before you could get back into the studio?
We had to. It’s like, niggas is homies first. So it’s like, if you create some artistic, artsy shit, whatever the fuck with your friends, and y’all fall out, and y’all ain’t even friends anymore, you gotta get back to being friends before y’all get back doing art shit. Cause if y’all ain’t friends, the art shit ain’t gonna come out how it was coming out when y’all was making shit when y’all was friends. We was making music the whole time, but I already knew, I told bro, it’s gonna be a process, we been working with each other for whoopty whoop however long. Let’s just work. It’s gonna come and come. And that’s what happened.
When you record together, is he making beats while you’re there, or is it just like, “Come over, I got something?” How does that work?
Like, “Big Bank” … Shit, all that shit on the album was made from scratch. “Big Bank,” “Power,” “Too Brazy,” “Too Cocky.” Them four was made from scratch. And then “Slay,” he had already played me “Slay” with Quavo on it. He gave me that. What others … “Bomptown Finest” was … I did that whole song to a whole ‘nother beat when me and Mustard wasn’t cool, back in 2015. And then we got back cool, I played it for him, and he’s like, “Let me redo this beat.” So he redid the beat and played it for me, right before my album was damn near done, and I added the third verse to it. So that song was done different. The “Power” shit … I think I said that was done from scratch.
Talk to me about “666.” That’s a Mike Will beat?
How did it come together? That’s one of my favorite songs on that album.
I was in the studio in Atlanta, October, November trying to figure out the album. That’s when I came up with the Stay Dangerous title concept. Mike Will was in the studio with me every day. He was pulling up, he was having producers pull up. He had this one young white boy pull up named Ziti. One of his new producers. He like a little Murda Beatz–looking motherfucker. He young, though. He like a little kid. He pulled up, and I’m like, “Bro, I need some shit. I need some hard shit.” He’s like, “I got you.” I’m like, “You sure?” He started pressing play … Shit crazy. I’m like … “This little nigga got it.” I did another joint on his shit. I did a couple of joints … We got some shit. Got some shit in the cut.
As a West Coast artist, are you conscious of how well your music plays outside of Cali?
Yeah, for sure.
Are you worried about getting boxed in by being too specific and too consistent with the sound?
Nah, hell nah. Cause with that, what you do … you continue to build your brand, build your celebrity. And with that, you take your sound, and you make it universal. It makes you universal. You just need some great records. And all that shit just gonna be nothing.
Does working with guys like Rocky, and 2 Chainz, and Big Sean from outside regions help expand that appeal a little bit?
Yeah, for sure. Expands the sound, the appeal, and everything.
In “Deeper Than Rap” you talk about being a father, and feeling like you work too much to be around as much as you want to. And I feel like a lot of rappers have kids, but we don’t hear that honesty. Is it tough balancing your time? How does that work?
I dedicated my life to this music shit back even before my daughter came into play. It’s really for the best for all my people. So when I’m gone, it be like, shit, I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing, because if I wasn’t doing this, I’d be at the house trying to figure out what the fuck to do so my people be straight. So it’s like, I be having that thought, but then I be having that in my head too. Like, I’m doing the right shit, but I’m gone, though … I’m around her, but I be gone a lot. But she lives with me. So I make sure I go the extra mile. I do the extra shit, a lot of times, just to make sure my daughter … she knows who daddy is, she knows what’s up.
Is it stressful feeling like you have to carry a lot of people? Like, if you don’t work, then a lot of people aren’t eating?
Yeah, bro, that shit crazy. This shit cray-cray-cray-cray-cray-cray.
You write a lot of songs about pain and struggling, and I think it’s important to hear that in the community, especially in hip-hop because there’s a lot of artists going through it. Talk to me about the process of getting knowledgeable about mental health.
I just found out what mental health was because [film producer and inmates’ rights advocate] Scott Budnick and his team put me onto this shit. They were trying to have me talk to some kids about mental health and I was like “I don’t know what mental health is. You gotta tell me.” So, they start breaking it down and I’m like … I’m a victim of this shit. You know what I’m saying? When they told me what mental health consists of, that’s when I felt like I was a victim, and I put it in a song.
A lot of the time we feel like if it’s not for an infection or a broken bone or surgery, we don’t need to see a doctor.
So, what’s the game, going forward? Is Just Re’d Up 3 still “coming soon”?
I don’t know, dude.
You got joints, though, you said.
A lot of these records came from the Just Re’d Up concept, but that concept … it just don’t … That title don’t hold no substance to me with what I got going on now. Just Re’d Up … that’s cool. You feel me? That shit creative. This whole shit we got going on now is taking what we started and adding real shit to it. That’s why I switched it up from Just Re’d Up. I went through like four different albums, bro. I had four different albums all filled with different music.
With different tracks?
What are you doing with that stuff?
We’re figuring it out right now. But you know every rapper got that shit going on.
I talked to Jeezy around Trap or Die 3, and he said that you have a very specific idea of what you want to do with your music, and sometimes he’ll suggest stuff to you, but at the end of the day, it’s your decision. A lot of artists on labels don’t have freedom to make those decisions for themselves. So, CTE is a good situation? How’s working with them? Jeezy, that’s big bro. I wasn’t about to just meet somebody and let them come in and try to run my life and shit like that, tell me do some shit, and I do it. I met Jeezy, and we was just vibing. Over a period of time, he became a like big bro. Over time, the shit he was telling me, I saw the shit play out in real life. I was like yeah, the nigga telling me some real shit, some right shit. Jeezy is the nigga I’ll go to and press play and ask that nigga everything about the record. “What you think about this? What you think about this?” Yeah, so working with bro is solid. He’s for sure one of my mentors and all that.
And so you’re trying to do that with 4Hunnid [Records], mentoring other artists and growing them?
Yeah, yeah, for sure. It’s mandatory.
Who are you looking at as far as signing? Are you thinking of picking anybody up?
No, we just started right now. We got enough artists right now. We focused on building our artists and things and making shit pop off. We got Kamaiyah. Me and Mustard are 50/50 with RJ. 4Hunnid Summers. Rich, Slim 400, Sad Boy [Loko]. Those are our artists right now. They the main focus. I probably won’t sign no other artist no time soon. My next artist is probably going to — nevermind, I ain’t gon’ tell you.