Solange, YG, BROCKHAMPTON top impressive Camp Flog Gnaw 2019 lineup

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Solange, YG, BROCKHAMPTON top impressive Camp Flog Gnaw 2019 lineupTylerthecreator

Tyler the Creator just announced the lineup for the annual Camp Flog Gnaw festival. As always, the roster features an assortment of revered hip-hop and alternative acts like Solange, Daniel Caesar, and a headling set from Tyler himself. Another headliner has yet to be revealed at this point.

There are also more than a few welcome surprises in the form of old-school veterans like yasiin bey as well as inspiring new talents like slowthai. Rounding out the lineup are Odd Future Wolf Gang team members Earl Sweatshirt, Taco, Domo Genesis, Left Brain and The Internet.

Camp Flog Gnaw 2019 will take place November 9 and 10 at the grounds of Dodger Stadium. Tickets are now on sale.

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Watch Drake Perform With Cardi B, Meek Mill, More At OVO Fest

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DrakeLast night, as promised, Drake brought his OVO Festival back to Toronto. Drake’s annual festival had taken last year off, but Drake couldn’t resist the opportunity to gloat about the Toronto Raptors’ NBA Championship win, so he walked out onstage with a Larry O’Brien trophy, and a giant version of the trophy was … More »

Slim 400 Shot In Compton

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Slim 400Slim 400 was rushed to a Los Angeles Hospital after suffering multiple gunshot wounds last night. TMZ reports that 31-year-old Compton rapper was shot eight times. He is currently conscious and in critical but stable condition after undergoing surgery. More »

Music Review: YG – 4REAL 4REAL

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YG

4REAL 4REAL

[Def Jam; 2019]

Rating: 3.5/5

As a document of a city, Los Angeles is endlessly fascinating. It takes all manner of people to come together and live there, crashing against a vast, sprawling empire of a domain. With that in mind, it is a city with gangs, with tribes and cohorts banding for commonalities within each other. There are actual criminal gangs too, and YG belongs to one. In fact, it’s one of the biggest, most illicit groups in the world. It’s an L.A. way of life. Bildungsromans don’t happen at a Vermont college; they happen at a South Central corner — if you believe YG, that is.

Rappers nowadays. It’s loaded to say. Crosses between industry plants and kids plucked from the hood at 16, Baltimore and Philly, hood, approachable? Keywords on an SEO. Trend a Twitter beef for clicks. That’ll really get the youth lit. Pop cycles sandwiched in between 300 Entertainment and TDE, another Ken doll dressed in Vetements and Supreme. Not in Compton, bro. It’s rep the set all day. Piru life, red plaid shirt, posted up on the fucking BLOCK. He won this shit. Got it made. But he’s never gonna change. No fugazi persona, always putting on for the homies. YG is classic Los Angeles through and through.

4REAL 4REAL comes back to the tropes off of which YG has made his name: his identity as a blood, the trifling antics of hoes and thots, the latent paranoia that runs in his veins, sourced from the mean streets of South Central. Pivoting from Stay Dangerous, both he and DJ Mustard dismiss any new-school technology and stay in their 64 Impala lane, complete with matching hydraulics and urethane finish. The classic L.A. cars are a perfect metaphor for the record: sleek, sexy, and undeniably impractical.

While features unsurprisingly lean on the Cali rap scene from both NorCal and SoCal, YG loves to pull on artists from all over that fit his ethos and mentality. Ty Dolla $ign, Tyga, and Boogie show up as fellow Compton brethren, while Kamaiyah and G-Eazy make appearances as Oakland’s signs of approval for the young gangster. On opposite ends of the location spectrum, DaBaby, Meek Mill, and Valee voice love from their own regions, each rapper distinctive enough to provide a reprieve from the sun-drenched atmosphere of 4REAL 4REAL.

But the album’s in tribute to a former collaborator, the late Ermias Joseph Asghedom, known to most as Nipsey Hussle. If YG’s past seems stickied to the gang history of Los Angeles, his relationship with Nipsey was framed as his future. The two were from rival gangs, the most unlikely of collaborators, joined together by a joint hatred of one Donald Trump. If YG is the soldier, Nipsey was the creator, the erstwhile craftsman of a better L.A. At the end of the album, a live speech touches on this, with YG waxing poetic about a man who wanted better for not only himself but also for his community.

The album’s sleazy underbelly is YG’s boorish treatment of women. It’s not that I expect entertainers to be moral paragons; YG’s songs about women are just clumsy from a basic storytelling standpoint, rehashing the same clichés that you’d find on a Hotep Facebook group. It stunts the flow of 4REAL 4REAL, consecrating weird values as sacrosanct among the Compton universe. But while he oftentimes plays the role of hyper-masculine rapper, he also defines his anxiety in deeply traumatic and thorough ways. He has a knack for boisterous exuberance, stressing the finer things while being relatable to regular people on every block in every town. That’s a tall order in today’s rap economy, where put-on Instagram stars shout loudly and say nothing, jockeying for memetic attention that flitters away instantaneously. YG is a true original, a superstar undeniably defined by his geography. But in between all the idiosyncrasies and candor, he’s just a dude who keeps repping his city and his people.

Miley Cyrus Can’t Stop Getting In Her Own Way

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Miley CyrusCan you believe it’s been less than 10 years since Miley Cyrus released “Party In The U.S.A.”? The song, which reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and became her bridge from the Disney Channel to a grownup mainstream audience, feels like it has existed for several lifetimes. It was in fact released in August … More »

Mustard – “100 Bands” (Feat. Quavo, 21 Savage, YG, & Meek Mill)

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Mustard - "100 Bands"Since dropping the “DJ” from his name, Mustard has been pretty busy producing for some of the hottest names in music. His latest release, “Pure Water,” which featured all three Migos, took a while to build but just hit a new peak of More »

Watch YG & Jimmy Kimmel Translate YG’s Song “Loko” For Old People

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YG-and-Jimmy-KimmelYG, the great California rap hardhead, has released three albums. Two of them are absolute unimpeachable monsters. One of them is spottier, but it still has bangers. And now YG is getting ready to release an as-yet-untitled new album. He’s shared the single “Stop Snitchin,” which takes aim at Tekashi 6ix9ine and has … More »

YG – “Stop Snitchin”

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YG-Stop-SnitchinWe don’t hear too much about Tekashi 6ix9ine these days. That’s probably because Tekashi 6ix9ine is in jail. Earlier this year, while facing a possible life sentence, the 22-year-old Brooklyn rapper pleaded guilty to nine different charges, including racketeering and firearms. As part of a plea deal, 6ix9ine is reportedly cooperating with authorities, … More »

YG Pays Tribute To Nipsey Hussle, Delays Album Planned For Next Week

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Today, YG joined the friends and artists paying tribute to Nipsey Hussle, who was fatally shot outside his Marathon Clothing Company store in Hyde Park a few days ago. “I took so long to post you kuz I Kant believe this shit, I don’t wanna believe this … More »

California emcee 03 Greedo teams with California DJ Mustard for California album, Still Summer In The Projects, shares California song “Wasted” with California’s YG

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Watch out, Sandy Cohen; we know who’s the real California daddy around here. That’s right: it’s 03 Greedo, for whom a sentence means no slowing down.

As if his aptly-titled God Mode mixtape from last year wasn’t enough to place him on California’s Mount Olympus, Greedo is flexing his CA cred even harder now with the announcement of Still Summer in the Projects, an album produced entirely by (DJ) Mustard.

According to Alamo Records founder Todd Moscowitz talking to The Rolling Stone, Greedo has recorded such an enormous output of music that his current incarceration won’t stop 2019 from bringing multiple new projects. But it seems unlikely that any will be as purely, uncut, straight-from-the-source West Coast as Still Summer, which arrives March 29 on Alamo.

If you doubt me (why would you do that, bro?) then maybe check out who’s featuring on the record’s first single, “Wasted.” Oh, why it’s Zeus-of-the-405 YG! The two trade off as masters of the drunken fist (or mic), slipping and sliding around Mustard’s ol’ reliable g-funk. Greedo, YG, and Mustard on the same track? That mix goes together like french fries in a burrito! (Sorry, I actually know practically nothing about Californian culture…)

Well, before you write me a strongly-worded tweet, just know that my education begins today. “Wasted” is streaming below and, while you can’t yet pre-order the album, I hear plane tickets to the Pacific are cheap at this time of the year…