YG held the crown for the West when we co-signed him back in 2011 as a XXL Freshman. Three years later, the Compton rapper has dropped a slew of mixtapes to build up the hype for his long-awaited Def Jam debut My Krazy Life. Supported by “My Nigga” featuring Young Jeezy and Rich Homie Quan, “Left, Right” and “Who Do You Love” with Drake, YG has all the ammunition needed to drop a breakout album.

Earlier today, XXL had the opportunity to sit in an exclusive listening session for the entire project. Jeezy, DJ Mustard and YG’s crew were all in there to explain how My Krazy Life invites listeners into his world. Jeezy, who signed YG to CTE, took the floor to say the LP revolves around a “young nigga in his Chuck Taylor’s.” From beginning to end, My Krazy Life proves how he is empowering the culture with his honest storylines and real portraits of living in poverty. We jotted a few notes during our time with the album. Here's what we gathered from My Krazy Life.Eric Diep

There’s A Documentary Coming With The Album


YG played the trailer for his documentary to coincide with the release of My Krazy Life. In the short clip, we see the likes of Drake, A$AP Rocky, Jeezy, Meek Mill, Terrace Martin, A$AP Rocky, DJ Mustard, Don Cannon and Rich Homie Quan praise the growth and progress of YG. Kendrick had an interesting thought about YG giving us the perspective of someone who actually lived the hard-knock life he raps about. Compared to Kendrick’s observational and introspective rhymes, both MCs give listeners two different lanes to immerse themselves.

ScHoolboy Q And Jay Rock Are Featured On “I Just Wanna Party”


YG has plenty of bangers on the album. Here, he starts things off with boastful rhymes, while Q and Rock literally snap. “I don’t want to hurt nobody, I just wanna party / But I’ll beat the fuck out of somebody,” YG spits on the hook. This has the potential to be the next single.

There Are Various Photographs Detailing His Life


YG is most likely going to include a booklet of photos that show everything from street fights to partying in the club. It’ll be a great visual supplement while one listens to My Krazy Life.

He Pays Homage To Tupac, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg And More In Several Songs


No harm in respecting your elders.

He Shot Videos For “Who Do You Love” And “My Hitta (Remix)”


While “Who Do You Love” was shot last week, YG previewed a finalized version of his posse cut video. Directed by Motion Family, it is a stark, black and white affair with cameos from Lil Durk, Ty Dolla $ign and other familiar faces.

Kendrick Lamar Is On A Song Similar To “Swimming Pools (Drank)”


YG isn’t afraid to show his vulnerable side. On this particular song, the two trade verses about using substances to numb the pain. The hook goes: “I really be smoking, I really be drinking / I be going through some things, you don’t know what I be thinking."

DJ Mustard Produced The Bulk Of Album, But There Are Others


Metro Boomin’, Ty Dolla $ign, and Terrace Martin all lend their hand on the album.

The Album Drops One Day Before His Five-Year Anniversary Of Being Locked Up


New day, new beginnings. Salute to the young soldier.


1. The Put On Intro
2. Bpt
3. I Just Wanna Party featuring ScHoolboy Q & Jay Rock
4. Left, Right featuring DJ Mustard
5. Bicken Back Being Bool
6. Meet the Flockers featuring Tee Cee
7. My N***a featuring Jeezy & Rich Homie Quan
8. Do It To Ya featuring TeeFLii
9. Me & My Bi**h featuring Tory Lanez
10. Who Do You Love? featuring Drake
11. Really Be Smokin’ N Drinkin’ featuring Kendrick Lamar
12. 1Am
13. Thank God (Interlude) featuring Big TC & RJ
14. Sorry Momma featuring Ty Dolla $ign