Still Brazy

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Still Brazy
Ygstillbrazycover.jpeg
Studio album by YG
Released June 14, 2016 (2016-06-14)
Recorded 2015–2016
Studio
Genre
Length 47:50
Label
Producer
YG chronology
Blame It On the Streets
(2014)Blame It On the Streets2014
Still Brazy
(2016)
Stay Dangerous
(2018)Stay Dangerous2018
Singles from Still Brazy
  1. "Twist My Fingaz"
    Released: July 16, 2015 (2015-07-16)
  2. "FDT"
    Released: March 30, 2016 (2016-03-30)
  3. "Why You Always Hatin?"
    Released: May 21, 2016 (2016-05-21)

Still Brazy is the second studio album by American rapper YG. It was made available for streaming on June 14, 2016, by Apple Music.[3] Later, it was released physically for the digital download purchases on June 17, 2016,[4][5] by 4Hunnid Records, CTE World and Def Jam Recordings.[6] The album features production handled by Swish, P-Lo, Terrace Martin, Larrance Dopson, CT Beats, Ty Dolla Sign and Hit-Boy, while YG enlisted the collaborators such as Lil Wayne, Drake, Nipsey Hussle and Slim 400, among others.

The album was supported by three singles: "Twist My Fingaz", "FDT" and "Why You Always Hatin?", while headlining or promoting a tour.[7] It received widespread acclaim from critics, and charted at number six on the US Billboard 200.

Promotion[edit]

To promote the album release, YG released the track, "I Wanna Benz", was released on December 12, 2015. The song features guest appearances from American rappers Nipsey Hussle and 50 Cent, with production was provided by London on da Track. The track also premiered by Oliver El-Khatib on the twelfth episode of OVO Sound Radio.[8]

Singles[edit]

The lead single from the album, "Twist My Fingaz", was released on July 16, 2015.[9] The song was produced by Terrace Martin.

The second single from the album, "FDT" (stylized for "Fuck Donald Trump"), was released on March 30, 2016.[10] The song features a guest appearance from American rapper Nipsey Hussle, with production was provided by Swish.[11] Much of the original lyrics in the single version was censored and replaced with newer verses on the album, after YG revealed the government contacted his label regarding the song.[12] On July 20, 2016, YG released a remixed version of the track, "FDT Part 2". The song features guest appearances from American rappers G-Eazy and Macklemore.[13]

The third single from the album, "Why You Always Hatin?", was released on May 21, 2016. The song premiered by Oliver El-Khatib on OVO Sound Radio. The song features guest appearances from Canadian rapper Drake and American rapper Kamaiyah, with production was handled by CT Beats.[14]

Promotional singles[edit]

The album's first promotional single, "Still Brazy", was released on June 3, 2016, alone with an accompanied music video.[15] The track was produced by Ty Dolla Sign and Swish.

The album's second promotional single, "Word Is Bond", was released on July 29, 2016, alone with an accompanied music video.[16] The song features a guest appearance from American rapper Slim 400, with production was handled by P-Lo.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic?7.7/10[17]
Metacritic83/100[18]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[19]
Consequence of SoundB+[1]
Exclaim!8/10[20]
HipHopDX4.2/5[21]
The New York Times(favorable)[22]
Pitchfork8.0/10[2]
PopMatters8/10[23]
RapReviews.com8/10[24]
Slant Magazine4/5 stars[25]
Spin8/10[26]

Still Brazy received widespread acclaim from critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 83, based on 14 reviews.[18] David Jeffries of AllMusic said, "A heavy album that doesn't pander to what's PC, what's on the radio, or what safe, suburban America believes."[19] Martín Caballero of The Boston Globe said, "Here, it's less about what Y.G. does than how he does it; digging deeper into vintage G-funk flavors with a blend of personal, party, and political tracks, the young Compton rapper takes a sizzling step forward."[27] Michael Madden of Consequence of Sound said, "It's full of the kind of warm G-funk that never fails to transport you to the part of the country it belongs to."[1] Exclaim!'s Themistoklis Alexis gave the album a positive review, writing that it succeeds in "evoking the crown jewels of West Coast hip-hop royalty."[20] Trent Clark of HipHopDX said, "Still Brazy is a testament that real-life experience breeds the best music but we can do without the shootouts from this point on."[21]

Grant Rindner of PopMatters said, "No one out there is crafting visceral street tales like he is, and if he could just trim his track lists a bit, he has the talent to make a gangster rap classic in the future."[23] Patrick Taylor of RapReviews.com said, "While most of the album is concerned with asserting that YG is still a G despite his fame, it closes with a trio of protest songs."[24] Jon Caramanica of The New York Times said, "Still Brazy is an artisanal, proletarian Los Angeles gangster rap record, less tribute to the sound's golden age than a full-throated and wholly absorbed recitation."[22] Sheldon Pearce of Pitchfork said, "Still Brazy solidifies YG as a torch-bearer for west coast gangster rap."[2] Sam C. Mac of Slant Magazine said, "Make no mistake—musically and lyrically, this is an expansion."[25] Drew Millard of Spin said, "YG has gone and done himself one better, creating a record that stands tall alongside the full-lengths he once mined."[26]

Year-end lists[edit]

Publication Rank Ref.
2DOPEBOYZ
6
Billboard
27
Complex
19
Fact
14
Pitchfork
22
PopMatters
47
Spin
39
Stereogum
32
XXL N/A

Commercial performance[edit]

Still Brazy debuted at number six on the US Billboard 200, with 38,000 album-equivalent units; it sold 27,000 copies in the United States.[37] It marked YG's second top ten album on the Billboard 200.[38]

Track listing[edit]

Still Brazy[5]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Pops Hot Intro"Ulysses Jackson 0:14
2."Don't Come to LA" (featuring Sad Boy, A.D. and Bricc Baby)
  • Keenon Jackson
  • Samuel Ahana
  • Armand Douglas
  • Zihirr Mitchell
  • Mario Hernandez
Swish3:35
3."Who Shot Me?"
Swish3:47
4."Word Is Bond" (featuring Slim 400)
P-Lo3:16
5."Twist My Fingaz"Martin4:14
6."Good Times Interlude" (featuring Syke 800, Duce, Marley Blu and Burnt Out)
  • K. Jackson
  • Martin
  • Clinton, Jr.
  • Morrison
  • Shider
 0:38
7."Gimmie Got Shot"
  • K. Jackson
  • Ahana
  • Brandon Monroe
Swish2:46
8."I Got a Question" (featuring Lil Wayne)
3:38
9."Why You Always Hatin?" (featuring Drake and Kamaiyah)
3:16
10."My Perception" (featuring Slim 400)Cohran 0:14
11."Bool, Balm & Bollective"
  • K. Jackson
  • Martin
  • Ahana
Martin3:35
12."She Wish She Was" (featuring Joe Moses and Jay 305)
Dopson3:57
13."YG Be Safe" (featuring The Homegirl)Traysha Williams 0:03
14."Still Brazy"
3:22
15."FDT" (featuring Nipsey Hussle)
Swish3:46
16."Blacks & Browns" (featuring Sad Boy)
  • K. Jackson
  • Rodriguez
  • Hernandez
  • Nye Lee
P-Lo4:10
17."Police Get Away wit Murder"
Hit-Boy3:19
Total length:47:50

Notes

  • ^[a] signifies a co-producer
  • ^[b] signifies an additional producer

Personnel[edit]

Credits for Still Brazy adapted from AllMusic.[39]

  • Jay 305 – featured artist
  • Zachary Acosta – mixing assistant
  • AD – featured artist
  • Derek "MixedByAli" Ali – mixing
  • Matt Anthony – engineer
  • Bricc Baby – featured artist
  • Nikisha Bailey – A&R
  • Marley Blu – featured artist
  • Dee Brown – engineer
  • Leesa D. Brunson – A&R
  • Matt Burnette-Lemon – package design
  • Burnt Out – featured artist
  • Miriah Renee Carey – vocals
  • Steve Carless – A&R, executive producer
  • Karen Civil – A&R
  • Vincent Cohran – vocals
  • Dashone Wright – vocals
  • Chelsea Davis – vocals
  • Neil Denning – engineer
  • Larrance Dopson – keyboards
  • Drake – featured artist
  • Duce – featured artist
  • Paloma Ford – vocals
  • Kenneth Gayton – vocals
  • Chris Gehringer – mastering
  • Tyquan Givens – vocals
  • Hit-Boy – producer
  • The Homegirl – featured artist
  • Nipsey Hussle – featured artist
  • Keenon Jackson – executive producer
  • Ulysses Jackson – vocals
  • Brandon Jones – vocals
  • Liza Joseph – A&R
  • Kamaiyah – additional production, featured artist
  • Nye Lee, Jr. – assistant executive producer, vocals
  • Ro Lexx – photography
  • Lil' Wayne – featured artist
  • Brittany Mansfield – A&R
  • Travis Margis – engineer
  • Terrace Martin – keyboards, producer
  • Marquis Medina – vocals
  • Mike Miller – cover photo
  • Brandon Moore – keyboards
  • Joe Moses – featured artist
  • Caroline Bentley Noble – vocals
  • P-Lo – producer
  • Adam Pena – engineer
  • Sad Boy – featured artist
  • Sickamore – executive producer
  • Slim 400 – featured artist
  • Knock Squared – vocals
  • Swish – keyboards, producer
  • Syke 800 – featured artist
  • Ty Dolla Sign – producer
  • Marlon Williams – guitar
  • Traysha Williams – vocals
  • YG – primary artist, vocals

Charts[edit]

Chart (2016) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[40] 24
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[41] 151
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[42] 19
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[43] 39
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[44] 58
UK Albums (OCC)[45] 167
US Billboard 200[46] 6
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[47] 3

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