4 years ago today, March 18th 2014, YG dropped his debut album My Crazy Life via Def Jam. That wasn’t always the title of his album though. He went from “Freshman on Campus”, to “Im from Bompton” before eventually sticking with the title that we see now. Honestly, it was a great decision.
YG had a big buzz because of his song “Toot it and Boot it” featuring west coast artist Ty Dolla $ign. It peaked at #1 on the Billboard 100 and it was time to release his debut album. The lead single “My N*gga” featuring Rich Homie Quan did really well and even got an official remix with Lil Wayne, Meek Mill and Nicki Minaj. Then came “Who Do You Love?” featuring Drake. An LDQ version of that song leaked, so it didn’t really affect the actual releasing of the record.
The album had a big impact for west coast gangster rap. Even though there were gangster west coast rappers out already, there weren’t any big mainstream ones besides The Game, and his recent effort didn’t have the west coast gangster rap feel (Jesus Piece). So when YG came with the classic west coast bop, it was very well received by not only his coast, but the country. That’s what put YG on the map.
All things considered, this was a very solid album, a cult classic for sure. 4 year’s isn’t enough in my eyes to consider it a classic, so we’ll see what happens in another couple of years.
Happy 4th Birthday to My Krazy Life.