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YG/DJ Mustard 

When: Thu., May 1, 7 p.m. 2014
Price: $25
The Compton rapper takes an autobiographical route here on his debut album, My Krazy Life, tapping into a home-based rage that has fallen out of most corners of hip-hop in the past decade. YG (Keenon Daequan Ray Jackson) spits tales of his youth and the family that had to contend with him. There’s an air of apologia as he addresses his mother, in particular. Regarding the album’s beats, there’s a more contemporary lean on bass-driven hooks and simple routine. (YG has said he had Snoop Dogg’s Doggystyle in mind as this album came together. You can indeed hear strains of “Gin and Juice” in “BPT,” et al.) In all, YG is merging an older world of gangsta rap with the less aggressive mentality of today’s audiences. He might be sacrificing an immediate footnote in the canon of West Coast rap, but YG’s album still delivers the goods in 2014. (Sandy)

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