We all know YG is from the streets, hence his short film titled “Blame It On The Streets.” But to what extent is this 25 year old Compton rapper really a gangster? We’re not doubting his credibility, we’re just simply putting into perspective.
There are so many contributing factors that go into the image that YG lives and portrays. For instance, when he didn’t receive a Grammy nomination, he blamed it on the fact that the Grammy’s only honored mainstream rappers. His album My Krazy Life debuted at #1 on the Billboard charts, but still no nomination? That definitely made him and his fans feel some type of way.
History lesson: it’s been an ongoing battle between the Bloods and the Crips, aka red versus blue. YG is the epitome of someone who upholds and represents his affiliation. This means dressing in red, and changing all letters that start with “c” to “b.” He even has a clothing line that sells snapbacks that state “Bompton” versus Compton. This movement isn’t anything new, but definitely something YG has made a point to keep up with.
Now, let’s compare him to hip hop mogul Tupac. Tupac has made a name for himself in hip hop, beyond just his talent and music. It was the way he carried himself, his swag, and his overall lifestyle. The difference here is, real gangster rappers do not glorify the fact that they are a gangster rapper. They are well aware, and it is evident in their raps and lyrics. The trials and tribulations they go through, whether it’s getting locked up or selling dope on the streets to make a living, it is all part of the person they have become.
So what’s the point? The point is, YG, aka “Young Gangster” may be about his talk, but he’s got nothing on the real OG’s. This doesn’t go to say he can’t be out partying and sleeping with different women. He worked his ass off to get to where he is now. What separates him from the real gangster rappers such as Tupac and even more recently, Schoolboy Q, is that they are not glorifying it. They keep it real without having to make it known what gang they are a part of.
Respect to YG for getting shot in the hip and making it to the studio that same night.