YG (rapper)

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YG
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YG (left) and Snoop Dogg in 2011.
Background information
Birth name Keenon Daequan Ray Jackson
Born (1990-03-09) March 9, 1990 (age 24)
Compton, California
Genres West Coast hip hop
Occupations Rapper
Years active 2006–present
Labels Pushaz Ink., CTE World, Def Jam
Associated acts DJ Mustard, Nipsey Hussle, Ty Dolla Sign, Young Jeezy
Website http://yg400.net

Keenon Daequan Ray Jackson (born March 9, 1990), is an American rapper better known by the stage name YG (an initialism for Young Gangsta). In 2009, he released his debut single, "Toot It and Boot It", featuring Ty Dolla Sign, which peaked at number 67 on the Billboard Hot 100.[1] The singles success resulted in him signing to Def Jam Recordings.[2] In the following years, YG released various mixtapes such as The Real 4Fingaz and Just Re'd Up 2 among others. In June 2013, YG signed to Young Jeezy's CTE World. His 2013 single "My Nigga" featuring Jeezy and Rich Homie Quan has peaked at number 19 on the US Billboard Hot 100, becoming the highest charting song of his career. He then released the singles "Left, Right" and "Who Do You Love?" featuring Drake leading up to the release of his debut studio album. His debut album, My Krazy Life was released on March 18, 2014, by Pu$haz Ink, CTE World and Def Jam.

Music career[edit]

2008–2011: Beginnings[edit]

YG created the Pu$haz Ink record label and group with DJ Mustard in 2008.[3] After releasing several songs that garnered him a large following on the internet, such as "She A Model" and "Aim Me" YG signed to Def Jam in 2009.[4] However, just as he was getting his buzz up in mid-2009, he was arrested on a parole violation, stemming from a previous charge of residential burglary.[3] Following that, he worked on mixtapes, touring and running his 4Hunnid brand clothing line.[5] "Toot It and Boot It" featuring LA-based singer Ty Dolla Sign was released in 2010, and became both of their breakout hit.[3] He was also featured in XXL's 2011 Freshmen Class.[6] Beginning with YG's mixtape The Real 4 Fingaz, DJ Mustard begun significantly producing on YG's projects. Their work together resulted in songs such as "I'm Good", "Bitches Ain't Shit" featuring Tyga and Nipsey Hussle and "You Broke" again featuring Nipsey Hussle. The singles were met with moderate success, but not near as much as his debut single.[7][8]

2012–2013: Signing with CTE World[edit]

In 2012, he announced his debut album, then titled I'm 4rm Bompton, would be executively produced by rapper Young Jeezy. Later in June 2013, he revealed that Jeezy's record label CTE World would release the album.[9] He was featured on Yo Gotti's "Act Right" also featuring Jeezy. It peaked at number 100 on the Billboard Hot 100 and at number 24 on the Rap Songs chart. He was then prominently featured on the CTE World mixtape, Boss Yo Life Up Gang in August 2013.

2013–present: My Krazy Life[edit]

On September 4, 2013, YG revealed that his debut album would be released on November 19, 2013 via Def Jam Recordings and that he has changed the album title to My Krazy Life. He also revealed that Drake would be featured on a song titled "Who You Love", produced by DJ Mustard. Shortly thereafter he released the album's lead single "My Nigga" featuring Rich Homie Quan and Jeezy, also produced by DJ Mustard.[10] The song has since peaked at number 19 on the US Billboard Hot 100.[11] On December 10, 2013, YG released the DJ Mustard-produced "Left, Right" as the album's second single.[12] The following day, Def Jam announced that My Krazy Life would be released on March 18, 2014[13] and that "Who Do You Love?" featuring Drake would be the album's next single.[14] On February 18, 2014, YG revealed the cover artwork for his debut album My Krazy Life. The artwork features YG posing for a mugshot, with his name and album title detailed in the placard around his neck.[15]

Personal life[edit]

YG is a member of the Compton-based Westside Tree Top Piru Bloods gang.[16][17] On January 25, 2012, shots were fired during the filming of YG's music video "I'm a Thug." The police shut down and closed the set.[17]

Other ventures[edit]

Pu$haz Ink[edit]

Pu$haz Ink
Founded 2010
Founder Keenon "YG" Jackson
Dijon "DJ Mustard" McFarlane
Status Active
Genre Hip hop
Country of origin United States
Location Los Angeles, California
Official website pushazink.net

YG came up with the idea for Pu$haz Ink in September 2008 with friends Ace and PC. He later officially co-founded the record label with DJ Mustard.[18] The label is currently running independently.

Current artists[edit]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US US R&B US
Rap
CAN GER
UK
My Krazy Life 2 1 1 10 94 76
"—" denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory.

Mixtapes[edit]

List of mixtapes, with year released
Title Album details
4Fingaz
  • Released: 2008
  • Label: Pu$haz Ink
  • Format: Digital download
The Real 4Fingaz
  • Released: May 7, 2010
  • Label: Pu$haz Ink
  • Format: Digital download
Just Re'd Up
  • Released: May 2, 2011
  • Label: Pu$haz Ink
  • Format: Digital download
4 Hunnid Degreez
  • Released: March 26, 2012
  • Label: Pu$haz Ink
  • Format: Digital download
Just Re'd Up 2
  • Released: January 21, 2013
  • Label: Pu$haz Ink
  • Format: Digital download
Boss Yo Life Up Gang
(with CTE World)
  • Released: August 13, 2013
  • Label: CTE World
  • Format: Digital download
2 of America's Most Wanted
(with Nipsey Hussle)[23]
  • Released: TBA
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
[11]
US
R&B

[24]
US
Rap
AUS FRA
SWE UK UK
R&B
"Toot It and Boot It"
(featuring Ty Dolla $ign)
2010 67 60 12 The Real 4Fingaz
"Patty Cake" 2011
"Bitches Ain't Shit"
(featuring Tyga and Nipsey Hussle)
2012 100 Just Re Up'd
"#Grindmode"
(featuring 2 Chainz and Nipsey Hussle)
4 Hunnid Degreez
"You Broke"
(featuring Nipsey Hussle)
2013 Just Re'd Up 2
"My Nigga"
(featuring Jeezy and Rich Homie Quan)
19 5 3 69 106 50 53 11
  • RIAA: Platinum[25]
My Krazy Life
"Left, Right"
(featuring DJ Mustard)
44
"Who Do You Love?"
(featuring Drake)
2014 54 15 6 87 16
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart.

Promotional singles[edit]

As featured artist[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name

List of promotional singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US US
R&B/HH

[26]
"My Nigga (Remix)"
(YG featuring Lil Wayne, Rich Homie Quan, Meek Mill and Nicki Minaj)
2014 My Krazy Life [Deluxe Edition]
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
[11]
US
R&B

[24]
US
Rap
"Crush on You"[27]
(New Boyz featuring YG)
2011 Too Cool to Care
"F Y'all"
(Ty$ featuring YG)
House on the Hill
"Function"
(E-40 featuring YG, Iamsu! and Problem)
2012 121 62 22 The Block Brochure: Welcome to the Soil 2
"Like I Got A Gun"
(Colette Carr featuring YG)
Skitszo
"Drop It Down"
(Clyde McKnight featuring YG)
Clyde McKnight... The Bachelor'
"Act Right"
(Yo Gotti featuring Jeezy and YG)
2013 100 33 24 I Am
"Hoe"
(Kirko Bangz featuring YG and Yo Gotti)
2014 Bigger Than Me
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart.

Other charted songs[edit]

List of songs, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US US
R&B

"I Just Wanna Party"
(YG featuring Schoolboy Q and Jay Rock)
2014 56 My Krazy Life
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart.

Guest appearances[edit]

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Ready For War" 2006 Jay Rock Watts Finest, Vol. 1
"Making Love" 2009 Mario C So F1lthy Boy
"Grapes & Optimos" Mr. Skrillz, Reek Daddy, Sumthin Terrible, Do It Movin', Nino Da Block Controlla Sacto 2 Da Crest
"In the Morning" 2010 Big Sean, Big K.R.I.T., Tydollasign Finally Famous Vol. 3: Big
"Good Pussy" 2011 Problem Hotels
"Yo Bitch" Travis Porter Differenter 3
"Thas Wat Hoes Do" Nipsey Hussle, Rimpau The Marathon Continues
"Every City" 2012 Freddie Gibbs Baby Face Killa
"LA Confidential" Blanco, Nipsey Hussle Raw
"Basshead" Far East Movement Dirty Bass
"Knockin" Jeremih, E-40 Late Nights With Jeremih
"What They Doin'" Kid Ink Rocketshipshawty
"Just Got Word" Young Jeezy It's Tha World
"Gang Bang" 2013 Joe Moses From Nothing To Something
"9 Outta 10"[28] Travis Porter Mr. Porter
"R.I.P." (Remix)[29] Young Jeezy, Chris Brown, Kendrick Lamar N/A
"Homie"[30] Funkmaster Flex, Young Jeezy Who You Mad At? Me Or Yourself?
"Duck Hunt" Blanco, The Jacka, Nipsey Hussle, Messy Marv Game Over
"Bad Ass" (Remix)[31] Kid Ink, Problem N/A
"Hella Ice" Doughboyz Cashout #It'sThaWorld
"Make a Movie" Philthy Rich, I-Rocc, Macktown N.E.R.N.L. 2
"Burn Rubber" DJ Mustard, Joe Moses Ketchup
"Take It to the Neck" DJ Mustard, Clyde Carson
"Been From The Gang" DJ Mustard, Kay Ess, Nipsey Hussle, RJ
"See Me Gettin' Money" DJ Mustard, Cash Out, K. Smith
"Hella" Wale, Dom Kennedy The Gifted
"Act Right"[32] Yo Gotti, Young Jeezy I Am
"Versace"[33] Kirko Bangz, French Montana, G-Haze Progression III
"Bossin Up" (Remix)[34] Kid Ink, Young Jeezy N/A
"Street Tides" Young Scooter From the Cell Block to Your Block

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2012 We the Party C.C. Support role
Mac & Devin Go to High School Student/Smoker Cameo
White T YG Performer

References[edit]

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